Program Mission

The Memphis Professional Development Program (MPDP) supports diverse and first-generation Memphis Law students by providing professional development opportunities that maximize potential in law school and beyond.   

Program Details

Utilizing a team mentoring model, MPDP matches a team of Memphis Law students and practicing lawyers based on a number of criteria collected in the program the application.   

In the past, MPDP has hosted the following events for participants:

  • Team Reveal & Workshop
  • Speed Mentoring Mixer
  • Virtual Judicial Networking Mixer
  • End-of-Year Awards Soirée

Additionally, participants are encouraged to have one-on-one interactions and conduct at least two self-organized team interactions.  Examples of activities teams have done independely in the past:

  • Lunch, coffee, happy hours
  • Resume review sessions and/or mock interviews
  • Team building activities (e.g., Escape Room)
  • Professional opportunities and events (e.g., Barrister’s Ball, AWA Banquet) 
  • Mid-semester conference call check-ins

Student mentee participants are eligible for several awards ($500-$1000) for outstanding participation in the program upon nomination by team mentors.

Participation Requirements

To participate, current diverse and first generation law student (mentees) and practicing attorney (mentors) must complete a MPDP application or email lawdiversity@memphis.edu with any questions.