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From the Ground Up

The first year of law school is tough. It can help to have someone to talk with who has already been through it.

This is especially true for students who may already feel marginalized because of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, socioeconomic status or other reasons.

From the Ground Up is a peer mentoring program designed to provide an extra layer of support, especially social support. It begins the week before the start of classes. The rest of the year there are monthly “coffee break” get-togethers.

Matching Mentors and Mentees

Each participant is paired with a second- or third-year student. “We try to target the pairings to bring together students who have something in common,” says Director Lauren Addesa.

Mentors agree to be in touch with their mentee at least monthly, September to June, and provide the “been there, done that” perspective.