Group Mentoring Circles for Small Firm and Solo Practitioners - Legal Mentoring

The New York City Bar Mentoring Circles are designed to serve members at all stages of their practice. Each Circle will include several experienced lawyers and a somewhat larger group of newer lawyers who are establishing a practice.

In a traditional mentoring set up, experienced practitioners advise junior practitioners one-on-one. With Mentoring Circles, each member is both a mentee and a mentor and all members receive professional development and networking opportunities. While the benefits to a newer attorney might be obvious, Circles offer equally valuable opportunities to more experienced attorneys, for whom networking with newer solos and small firm practitioners may open up opportunities for help with piled up legal work and expansion of business through referrals of cases.

Mentoring Circles provide members with a confidential and more personal forum that allows the groups to hone law practice development and management skills, build relationships, expand referral networks and engage in substantive discussions.

The City Bar Mentoring Circles are divided into the following areas:
Corporate Practice * Immigration Law * 
* Litigation * Trusts & Estates

The 2018-2019 Mentoring Circles program will be divided into two separate Sessions, a Fall Session from October 2018 through January 2019 and a Spring Session from February 2019 through May 2019.

You must be a current City Bar member to participate. If you are not a current member, please click here to join the City Bar.

Registration for the Fall Session is now open. If you are a member and would like to join a Mentoring Circle please click here to register. Attendance is limited and the cost of participation in the Fall Session is $100. Not all applicants are assured of being placed in a Mentoring Circle. Anyone not placed in a Circle will have her/his payment refunded.

If you have any questions about the program or how to apply to the program please reach out to the NYCBAR Customer Relations Department at or 212-382-6663.

Don’t forget to ask about our “Register with a Friend” Discount when you call or e-mail!


Meetings will begin with either a 30 minute presentation by a guest speaker on a topic of interest to small firm practitioners or a short reception allowing members of all the Circles to network. The presentation or reception will be followed by individual Circle meetings lasting up to one hour.

Meeting dates for the Fall Session are:

Wednesday, October 24 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Wednesday, November 14 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Thursday, December 6 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Tuesday, January 8 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM