Resources for New Lawyers
Let the OCBA help you launch your legal career and build valuable connections with your peers.
Are you new to practicing law? If you’re just beginning your legal career and are looking for help navigating the exciting challenges ahead, the OCBA has invaluable resources available to you! We’re happy to be a part of your success strategy. The Oakland County Bar Association is committed to providing new attorneys with exciting opportunities for professional development, mentoring, and relationship building. Let us help you to launch your legal career, and provide you with opportunities to network with local members of the bench and bar.
New Lawyers Committee - The New Lawyers Committee (NLC) is comprised of all OCBA members who have been practicing for ten years or less. The purpose of the NLC is to conduct social and business networking programs of value and interest to committee members, raise funds and awareness for local charities, and encourage outreach and involvement within the community. The Committee is dedicated to building strong connections and members supporting each other through camaraderie and community service. The NLC is a great opportunity to get out and network within the legal community and have a good time while doing it. The NLC meets monthly (both at the OCBA and off-site locations) for food, drink, conversation and conducting the business of the committee. Visit the New Lawyers Committee page here for more information.
Mentor Program - Learn from the best. The OCBA’s Mentor Program connects you with experts to guide you in your new career. The relationship between a mentor and mentee is valuable to both parties. The relationship is also valuable to your clients who benefit from that combined knowledge and experience. The OCBA can match you with a volunteer mentor who is available as a resource, an advisor, and a sounding board as you begin your law practice. For more program information or to request a mentor, complete the Request for Mentor Application Form.
Pro Bono Mentor Match - Hone your skills or develop skills in a new area of law, and help someone in need at the same time! This program matches new lawyers who are willing to take a pro bono case with a more experienced lawyer willing to mentor the new lawyer through the case. Cases are referred in the areas of family law, including simple no-asset divorce disputes; landlord-tenant; expungement; foreclosure and debt collection. These types of cases provide the new lawyer with valuable hands-on experience with small cases that are of great importance to the low-income client. The mentor is available to meet with the client, answer questions, review pleadings, attend court or other hearings with the mentee and generally provide as much guidance and feedback to the mentee as the mentee deems necessary and/or as the mentor is able to offer. This program is offered to new and established lawyers. To apply for the program complete the Pro Bono Mentee Application.
Inns of Court - The OCBA chapter of the American Inns of Court is one of our most popular resources for new lawyers. Build and strengthen professional relationships with your peers by participating in monthly meetings held at the Oakland County Circuit Court. The Inns of Court program is designed to bring judges, seasoned attorneys, and new lawyers together under one roof, in a collegial environment. You have the opportunity to discuss the details and strategies of everyday law practice with some of the brightest minds on the bench and bar. Learn more.
Professional Development Seminars - Learning doesn’t stop at law school. OCBA members are committed to lifelong learning and to building strong law practices through continuing commitment to excellence. The OCBA offers regular professional development seminars on a wide array of useful and exciting topics. Presented by established OCBA attorneys and subject matter experts, these seminars are designed to help you navigate legal topics and professional issues with ease, and provide another opportunity to network with your peers.
For more information about upcoming seminars, or to register for an event, visit the OCBA Calendar of Events.
Jump Start Your Practice - Jump Start Your Practice provides information on an array of court assignments and pro bono opportunities that are available in Oakland County. The information contained in the documents below specifically detail assignment opportunities, desired experience (predetermined by the specific court or pro bono organization), how to sign up, contact personnel and approximate compensation levels.
- Criminal Appointments
- District Court Opportunities
- Probate Appointments
- Juvenile/Family Court Appointments
- Case Evaluation Opportunities
- Pro Bono Opportunities
- Other Assignments