2021-2022 Mentorship Programme Launches on March 10




ISTAC and Young ISTAC jointly organise a new Mentorship Programme which will provide young Turkish lawyers with exclusive opportunities to interact, build relationship, and be guided by senior Turkish and international arbitration practitioners.

During this one-year program, mentees will acquire and improve skills indispensable to any successful lawyer, including: how to present yourself, build professional contacts and network, prepare a presentation, and pitch before a client. In addition, mentees will have abundant opportunities to interact with leading arbitration practitioners and in-house counsels from all over the world.

This programme, in and of itself, may not change your life, but it will surely give you the skills through which you can improve your legal career. The Mentorship Programme aims to inspire young lawyers to have courage and stand out.

Structure of the programme

Throughout the programme, each group will meet and work independently, while collaborating with other groups on a wide range of projects.

Who will be the mentees and the mentors

The Mentorship Programme is best suited to young Turkish lawyers who are interested in international arbitration, are willing to take on an active role and display a strong commitment to developing new professional skills and connections.

ISTAC and Young ISTAC have carefully designated mentors among arbitration practitioners with a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in the field of arbitration.

How to apply

To participate in the Mentorship Programme, you need to comply with the below requirements:

Qualification: you need to be a legal trainee or a first-year associate based in Turkey

You should provide us with the latest version of your CV and a letter answering the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to participate in the Mentorship Program (450 words maximum)
  2. How many hours per week, would you expect to be able to devote to the program?
  3. List 5 skills (hard or soft) in order of importance for you that you would like to improve/develop during the program.

Deadline for submission: 5 March 2021. The selection will take place on a rolling basis, and successful applicants will be invited to interviews, the final stage of the selection process.

The interviews with successful applicants will take place during the week of 1 March 2021

Official launch: 10 March 2021 at 1 pm (Istanbul time)

Please submit your applications at mentorship@istac.org.tr. If you have any questions, please feel free to send your questions to this e-mail address as well.

The Mentorship Programme coordinators and members of the Executive Committee of Young ISTAC:

Anna Guillard Sazhko and Mehmet Cihan Eren


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