The Pipeline Committee serves as a liaison between local law students and OCAABA’s attorney and judicial members in order to provide law students with advice about coursework, school/work-life balance, and insights into the legal profession and career decisions.
More specifically, each school year, the Pipeline Committee offers a formal Mentorship Program in which law student participants are matched with an experienced OCAABA attorney or judicial member. Throughout the school year, mentors provide law students with guidance and advice on the legal profession. The Pipeline Committee assists in the development of the mentoring relationship by organizing events for participants in the Mentorship Program. Additional details about the Mentorship Program are provided below.
The Pipeline Committee also organizes or participates in career nights, speed networking events, resume workshops, speaker panels, receptions, social mixers, and other events for the benefit of local law students and OCAABA attorney and judicial members.
The Pipeline Committee partners with the Asian Pacific American Law Students Associations of four local law schools (Chapman, UCI, Western State, and Whittier) to elect a Student Liaison each year from each school to work with OCAABA on developing and organizing events for the benefit of local law students and OCAABA members.
Each school year, OCAABA’s Pipeline Committee offers a formal Mentorship Program for OCAABA’s law student members. Student participants accepted into the Program will be matched up with an experienced OCAABA attorney or judicial member who will provide them with general guidance on the legal profession, including tips on developing lawyering skills and choosing a career. The Pipeline Committee will assist in helping mentors and mentees get to know each other better by providing both formal opportunities for mentors and mentees to socialize and network, as well as informal suggestions for engaging in meaningful dialogues and discussions.
In order to participate in the Mentorship Program, mentors and mentees must (1) be current OCAABA members during the 2017 and 2018 calendar years and (2) commit to attending at least one Mentorship Program event during the program year, and meet at least once per academic semester to further develop the mentoring relationship.
The application period will open shortly for the 2017-2018 Mentorship Program. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2017, but please note that space is limited, so priority will be given to those who apply earlier during the application period.
Mentor Application | Mentee Application