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NUS Law Alumni Mentor Programme

27 November 2012

Mr Gerald Kuppusamy (left), senior legal consultant of Baker & McKenzie, with his mentees during the launch of the NUS Law Alumni Mentor Programme

NUS law undergraduates now have the opportunity for greater engagement with the faculty's alumni. A collaboration between the Career Centre@Law and the Law Alumni Office, the NUS Law Alumni Mentor Programme (LAMP) links first and second year law students with recent alumni who are willing to pledge their time to provide mentorship and share their experience on the practice of law.

Officially launched earlier this month, LAMP has 87 registered mentors and 133 mentees to date, a number that is set to increase.

"As an undergraduate, your exposure to legal practice is almost zero - save of course if you do internships over the holidays, but even that is quite different. Having a mentor practitioner to share their personal experiences, to clarify doubts and answer questions, is an invaluable opportunity for students," said Kenny Low, president of the NUS Law Club and a mentee in the programme.

The Year 2 law undergraduate finds the mentors easy to talk to because there is no generation gap. "I'm definitely going to tap on this excellent platform to gain an insight into life as a practising lawyer and be more prepared for what lies ahead of me after law school!" he said.

Mr Sunil Sudheesan, a partner with RHT Taylor Wessing, said: "LAMP will hopefully give those students participating insight into the realities of practice and will similarly give mentors the opportunity to keep in touch with the positive developments in Law School.

"As a mentor, I hope to enrich my mentees with the varied experience I enjoyed in Law School and the vagaries of practice I have seen as a young lawyer. Finally, I am happy that NUS Law School is taking an added step in its preparation of its students for practice. We alumni are proud of where we come from, but the batches that follow us will have more to be grateful for with innovative programmes such as LAMP."

Participants are required to commit to the programme for a period of one year, where they are expected to meet each other at least once a semester. Mentors and mentees will also get to interact with each other at other planned events.

By NUS Faculty of Law