The NLTP is mandatory for all new attorneys in Utah who have less than two years of practice experience in any jurisdiction. The mentors participating in the NLTP have all been approved by the Bar's Committee on New Lawyer Training. Any attorney who meets the minimum requirement can apply to be a mentor, which requires submitting three references who are familiar with the applicant's work as an attorney and their reputation for professionalism and civility. In this way, the NLTP Committee is able to ensure that new lawyers in Utah receive guidance from the best mentors Utah has to offer.
The program requires new lawyers and their mentors to create a mentoring plan that the new lawyer will complete over the course of the 12-month mentoring term. The mentoring plan provides a new attorney with more clarity about the day-to-day activities lawyers perform because they are required to actually do them, giving them the perspective and insight that can only be gained by hands-on experience. The new lawyer must complete activities in six required areas and five elective areas, allowing the plan to be customized to best meet the new lawyer's needs during their transition into life as a practicing attorney. The new attorney meets with their mentor regularly throughout the mentoring term, ensuring that the new lawyer is making progress towards completion of their plan.