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Mentoring Programme

Mentoring Programme

Career advice from industry experts - straight to your inbox.

Taking the leap into your first job from uni may seem daunting. But imagine how much easier it would be if you had an industry veteran available to offer advice and expert guidance.

The College of Law’s Mentoring Panel connects you with experienced legal professionals who have been there, done that, and are willing to share awesome insights into their journey.

Join the programme to receive real, relevant and relatable career stories, workplace insights and unfiltered advice on topics such as:

  • How to make the most of law school
  • How to find your first job in the legal industry
  • How to become a lawyer in a particular area of law
  • How to build a successful career in law

Apply for Mentorship

Fill in an application form. Approval takes up to 2 weeks.

Ask a Question

When you need tips, feedback or advice - drop us a message and a mentor can help.

Expert Guidance

As soon as possible, a mentor will respond. Sometimes multiple mentors will respond if they have something to add to the conversation. Feel free to ask them more questions, respond, say thanks, etc. 

Meet the Mentors

Your mentors were carefully selected by the following pool of experts: 

  • Jennifer Caldwell, Partner, Auckland, National Chair, Chair Buddle Findlay
  • Kate Davenport QC, Barrister & President of the New Zealand Bar Association
  • Matthew McClelland QC, Barrister, Harbour Chambers
  • Charl Hirschfeld, Barrister, Ranfurly Chambers
  • Marcus Martin, CEO, College of Law New Zealand

You will talk to lawyers who specialise in civil litigation, criminal, environmental, local government, and resource management law.

Joanna Beresford

Associate, Meredith Connell

Kesia Denhardt

Mike Doesburg

Partner, Wynn Williams

Mary Hill

Partner, Cooney Lees Morgan

Ross Knight


Josh Lucas

Barrister, Walker Street Chambers

Kim Meyer

Sole Practitioner, Kim Meyer Law

Tiho Mijatov

Barrister, Stout Street Chambers

Sarah Mitchell

Senior Associate, Simpson Grierson

Kate Stubbing

Senior Associate, Cooney Lees Morgan

Leigh Ziegler

Senior Associate, Buddle Findlay

Mark Williams

Public Defender, Public Defence Service

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply as a mentee, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a LLB or JD student, and
  • You are not employed in the legal industry.  


Applications now open

While we wish to support everyone spaces are limited.