LIV Mentoring

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) recognises the important role mentors play in the professional growth and development of their fellow lawyers. Since 2009 we have been helping to facilitate many successful and rewarding mentoring relationships for our members.

In 2017 the LIV expanded its mentoring offerings, with a suite of new programs.

Matched Mentoring Program

The LIV is partnering with The Art of Mentoring (Horizons Unlimited) to deliver this pilot program that will be limited to 20 pairs for 2017. Participants will need to submit an application, addressing specific criteria, and then pairs will be matched against the criteria. The program will be hosted and run via an external platform – Chronus

The Matched Mentoring program will run for nine months, from March to December 2017. Mentees need to be within their first three to five years of practice and mentors must hold a current practising certificate and have five years of practice experience or more.

Applications will open in January 2017 and close in February 2017. There is a fee associated with this program for mentees ($250). The program is free for mentors to be involved. More information can be found on the Chronus mentoring website.

Judicial Mentoring Program

The Judicial Mentoring Program falls under the auspices of LIV Young Lawyers. This program provides a forum within which law graduates and new solicitors (1-2 years PAE) can meet with a member of the judiciary to discuss their experiences within the legal profession and their future careers in the law.

The Judicial Mentoring program will run April to November and is free for qualified participants. Applications to join the program closed on Tuesday, 14 March 2017.

The 2017 program includes members of the Victorian judiciary from the:

  • Family Court
  • Supreme Court
  • County Court
  • Magistrates Court, including groups in:
    • Melbourne
    • Bendigo
    • Ballarat
    • Geelong, and
    • Shepparton.

90 mentees are currently participant in the program.

For more information review the Judicial Mentoring Program Guidelines (PDF) or email to express your interest in the 2018 program.

The Buddy Project

The Buddy Project is also an initiative of LIV Young Lawyers that looks to pair YL members (new solicitors with three to five years of post-admission experience) with students (penultimate and final year) and non-attached graduates.

The Project is an informal mentoring program linking law students and recent graduates with new solicitors to assist in developing networks and professional skills to enhance their career in the law.

The program provides law students with a direct connection to the legal profession as well as one-on-one guidance for career planning.

Mentors will benefit through the opportunity to share their experiences with mentees.

There is no fee associated with this program; the 2017 program runs from April 2017 to March 2018. Applications to join the program closed on Friday, 3 March 2017.

For more information review the Buddy Project Guidelines (PDF) or email to express your interest in the 2018 program.

Member to Member Mentor Service

This is the original, informal program that the LIV has been running since 2009. Mentors register via application, attend an information session and are added to the online Directory. Mentees can log in to LIV website and access list of potential mentors and reach out accordingly.

This is an informal program and will continue to be complimentary for members. More information on this program and how it works can be found below:


For more information about LIV Mentoring, email

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who are LIV mentors?

    LIV Mentors are legal practitioners who have attended a LIV mentoring information session to obtain appropriate training. Mentors must hold or be eligible to hold a current practising certificate. Once LIV mentors have attended the session, they can then volunteer their time to assist in the professional growth and development of fellow members of the legal profession.

  • When are mentoring sessions held?

    Mentoring sessions are held at various times throughout the year. Check the what'sOn calendar for listings of upcoming mentoring information sessions.

  • Why become a mentor?
    • To increase career and personal satisfaction
    • To make a contribution to the profession
    • To reflect upon your own experiences of the law
    • To assess your own skills, qualities and attributes as a legal professional
    • To experience new ideas and approaches to problem solving

    View the LIV Mentoring Guidelines (PDF). The guidelines provide information on the role of the mentor including establishing, conducting and reviewing a mentoring relationship.

  • Why become a mentee?
    • To gain assistance in career planning
    • To find professional support and guidance
    • To increase your confidence and knowledge
    • To access an independent and objective perspective
    • To find opportunities to extend your professional and personal network
    • To connect with a role model on an individual basis