The Mentoring Programme is available to members of the NZBA. It provides an opportunity for less experienced practitioners and members who are new to the Independent Bar to receive valuable support and guidance in their professional development from other members of the NZBA.
The programme is not a substitute for continuing legal education. Nor is it intended as a junioring scheme or a "friends panel". Essentially, the mentor is someone who can provide a helpful "sounding board" for the mentee in advancing his or her professional development.
The Council encourages senior members of the Bar to mentor the more junior members of the profession. Our background information outlines the benefits of a mentoring relationship for Mentors.
There is a list of potential mentors on this website. Mentees are advised to select two or three options as the Mentor of choice may not be available. After a Mentee has filled in the application form, the Executive Director will then consult with prospective mentors and advise the mentee who will be their mentor.