While many of Utah's law firms had mentoring programs in place before the NLTP, these programs sometimes were ineffective, says Rod Snow of Clyde Snow & Sessions, who co-chaired the Utah State Bar's NLTP committee.
Snow thinks the NLTP will work better than the previous in-house mentoring because now new lawyers and mentors must certify that they've followed a written plan and must report their progress to the bar and the court.
While the NLTP states that a mentor from within the new lawyer's office is preferred, it suggests the mentor be someone other than the new lawyer's supervisor.
George Poulton, a new attorney specializing in securities at Poulton & Yordan, found that his practice wasn't covered in the NLTP manual and his mentor's expertise is applicable only to certain sections.
However, the NLTP is rigid; so many of the prescribed activities will likely never benefit me much.
However, the in house mentoring doesn't fulfill NLTP requirements.