The Role of a Mentee

PLLC scholars who take on the Mentee role are seeking advice and guidance in a low-risk environment. The Mentee can drive the mentorship relationship forward by asking questions and reflecting on their personal values and goals.

Ultimately, the Mentee should engage with mentorship when they have a clear sense of the outcomes they wish to achieve.


Mentees must self-identify as needing mentorship. While everyone could benefit from some form of mentorship, the Mentee must be prepared to reach out for help. Sometimes, there's work that needs to be done before engaging a Mentor.

  • Identify that they would benefit from mentorship.
  • Initiate the mentorship relationship by reaching out for help.
  • Understand that they may need to go through preparatory work to be ready to meet with a Mentor Team member.


Once a Mentee is ready to meet with a Mentor Team member, they must embrace the process by fully engaging. There are many different types of mentorship to engage with, from one-time to long-term, in-person to remote.

  • Give feedback to the Mentor.
  • Listen actively in meetings or on the phone, and respond to emails with care.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for the Mentor's coaching and support.
  • Inform Mentors of how you've applied their suggestions, or implemented their advice.

Reflect and Act

Without reflection and follow through, the mentorship relationship cannot progress. Mentees must reflect on feedback and their goals, and take action on the roadmap they co-create with their Mentor.

  • Own their learning by practicing self-awareness through self-reflection.
  • Understand the vision of what they want to achieve, be it personal, academic, or professional.
  • Admit errors or mistakes, recognize procrastination, take responsibility and act.