Peer Mentor Leadership Training
Columbia Law School is proud to provide leadership and professional develoment training for our Peer Mentors to prepare them not only for their roles as mentors, but also as leaders in the community.
In Spring 2018, we partnered with Columbia University’s Learning and Development Team to design a leadership workshop specifically for our Peer Mentors. During this workshop, we explored a variety of effective collaboration and communication styles, outlined our expectations and goals for the academic year, identified strategies and resources for achieving those goals, and shared ideas for overcoming potential challenges and conflicts.
Additionally, we work with outside consultants during 1L Fall orientation to provide 1Ls and our Peer Mentors with training on cultural competency, recognizing and combating implicit bias, and promoting inclusivity.
Our previous training workshops have also covered a number of other topics, including:
- Speaking in Class: In this ongoing series, Peer Mentors are trained to assist in an interactive workshop designed for 1Ls to help the 1Ls overcome fear and anxiety related to public speaking and to succeeding during the often fear cold call/Socratic Method.
- What is Leadership?: During this interactive workshop, Peer Mentors were able to discuss how they define leadership, examine the strengths and weaknesses of their own leadership skills, and establish goals for improving those skills.
- Learning Your Style: Students had the opportunity to fill out a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) questionnaire and have their MBTI types determined. These students were guided on various exercises so that they could identify the strengths and weaknesses of their MBTI types as well as ways to work with others who have different MBTI types.
- Alumni Peer Mentor Dinner: Alumni who served as Peer Mentors during their time at Columbia Law School were invited to attend an informal dinner where alumni Peer Mentors, current Peer Mentors, and first-year students could talk about their experiences here as students and what life is like as a young graduate of Columbia Law School.
For additional information about our leadership training, please email Robert Ford or contact Student Services at 212-854-2395.