Mentoring Scheme

We are pleased to be able to offer a Mentoring Scheme for Deaf law students at whatever stage of the legal profession they find themselves in: starting out with a LLB or Graduate Diploma in Law, having completed the Legal Practice Course, or searching for a training contract.

About mentoring

For a Deaf law student mentoring can be defined as a one to one relationship in which an individual experienced in the profession (the mentor) offers their experience to support and encourage the other (the mentee) to enter and progress in the profession of a solicitor or barrister.

The relationship will often develop at a period of transition for the mentee, for instance during progression from one academic course to another, from an academic course to a training contract and so on.

The role of the mentor

A mentor will be able to teach you the “tricks of the trade” which they have learnt through practical experience. Advice can be given on areas of practice, CVs, application forms, application strategy, interview preparation and career progression. A mentor can in effect act as a role model for students, learning how a Deaf lawyer copes with the problems of day to day practice can give reassurance, instil confidence and can provide practical guidance whilst providing the student with a confident, informal peer, counsellor and sounding board.

Applying for a mentor

If you are a Deaf law student and you feel that you would benefit from a mentor please complete the enquiry form below.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Level of qualification

What are you hoping to achieve from having a mentor?

How would you prefer to be mentored?

I confirm that I give Deaf Lawyers UK permission to pass on my contact details to my chosen mentor so that they may contact me direct. 

Once we have received your enquiry form it will then be used to identify possible mentors from the list below. The chosen mentor will then be forwarded your details and will be in touch.

Who are the mentors?

The following members of Deaf Lawyers UK have agreed to become mentors.



Rob Wilks
Deaf, Rob is Solicitor and Head of RAD Deaf Law Centre and has worked for the Royal Association for Deaf People since 2003. His specialist area is employment and discrimination law. Rob obtained a BA in History at the University of Wales, Swansea, and having decided to pursue a career in Law, he completed the CPE at UWE, and the LPC at Cardiff Law School. Rob also has an LLM in Law of Employment Relations from the University of Leicester. Rob has been involved with the Group for Solicitors with Disabilities (now the Lawyers with Disabilities Division), and has previously been its past Chairman.