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ERIC Number: EJ901671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Partnership in Practice: Fostering a Mentoring Relationship to Meet the Challenges of a Large Legal Environment of Business Class
Halgas, Jordan T. L.; Stoner, Mark R.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v24 n1 p109-127 Win-Spr 2007
"Although the description of mentorships can be traced back to ancient Greek history," most of the empirical research on mentorships has been conducted within the past two decades. Such research has tended to focus on the relationship itself--an intense, personal bond that spans a spectrum of activities and time. This article, however, demonstrates that there is an alternative to such an all-encompassing mentoring relationship, that there need not be such an intense connection formed between the mentor and mentee in order to achieve the professional and psycho-social benefits associated with a mentoring relationship. Here, the authors describe "Problem-Focused Mentoring," a mentoring relationship that was formed to solve one specific problem: how to handle the challenges of a large Legal Environment of Business class. This Problem-Focused Mentoring relationship was approached as a partnership, a true collaboration. Thus, this article shows that a satisfying, beneficial relationship can be formed with a specific purpose--not to provide career advice or institutional and social support but to solve a particular problem. To help describe the process more fully, the authors present the relationship from the perspective of both the mentee and mentor and demonstrate the positive outcomes of Problem-Focused Mentoring. They conclude with suggestions for creating successful, Problem-Focused Mentoring partnerships for those seeking such collaboration. (Contains 49 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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