Dr Kryss Macleod says mentoring schemes, bridging legal education and employment, can increase mobility and diversity within the profession 

Mentoring has long since played a key part in professional life, characterised by the establishment of trusted relationships with meaningful commitments. To understand this, it’s important to consider how the goals and purposes of mentoring have changed, as our understanding of the barriers within the profession have developed; to reconfigure mentoring as a tool to increase mobility and diversity. 

Early strategy

Formally recognised as part of a career development strategy in law and finance since the 1970s, the benefits of professional mentoring are well established. Studies dating from the late 70s and early 80s demonstrate the key role that mentoring plays in successful career development.

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