- Why is the career fields list so broad?
- What if I forgot my username and password?
- What are the goals of the NLTP?
- What types of activities are included in the NLTP?
- Who do I contact for questions regarding...
- What rule governs the New Lawyer Training Program (NLTP)?
- Who is required to participate in the NLTP?
- Who is NOT required to participate in the NLTP?
- I am a judicial clerk. Am I required to complete the NLTP?
- When does the program start?
- How do I sign up for the New Lawyer Training Program?
- When should I register for the New Lawyer Training Program?
- When is the Mandatory NLTP Orientation?
- How do I find a mentor?
- May I have a family member, friend, or neighbor be my mentor?
- May I choose a mentor who is not currently on the approved list of mentors for the NLTP but is going to apply?
- What is the Initial Meeting with my mentor, and what is the deadline to complete it?
- Am I allowed to change mentors?
- Is there a fee for the NLTP?
- How many CLEs will I have from the NLTP and when do I receive them?
- I have finished all the requirements for the NLTP. How do I get the Completion Certificate?
- I have created my NLTP account online, but do not see any list of requirements for the program. How do I find that list?
- I work in a law firm. Can one of my direct supervisors be my mentor?
- Can I participate in the NLTP even if I have not matched with a mentor through this website?
- Can I still receive credit for attending the NLTP Ethics course even if I have not matched with a mentor through this website?
- I would like to become a mentor. What do I need to do?
- What are the qualifications to become a mentor?
- As a prospective mentor, why do I need to submit references, and who should I use?
- I have signed up as a mentor. Why haven't I been requested yet?
- How many new lawyers may I mentor at one time?
- What CLE credits will I receive, and when will I receive them?
- My mentee has finished all the requirements for the NLTP. How do I sign off on their NLTP Completion Certificate?
Why is the career fields list so broad?
We have deliberately limited the career field categories because too many choices can hamper the matching process. For instance, if the career fields were more extensive, then fewer advisors on average will match the criterion and show up on the "results" list of students. Please select the career field that is the closest match. There is also a Specific Career Field. In addition, you can always specify your occupation more clearly in your profile.
What if I forgot my username and password?
Select "forgot password" by the login button on the homepage. You will receive an email allowing you to reset your password.
What are the goals of the NLTP?
The goals of the Utah State Bar New Lawyer Training Program are to train new lawyers during their first year of practice in professionalism, ethics, and civility, to assist new lawyers in developing the practical skills and judgment necessary to the effective practice of law, and to impart to all Utah attorneys the importance of organizational mentoring. See the NLTP Policies & Procedures and the NLTP New Lawyer Manual under the "Resources" tab for more information about the program.
What types of activities are included in the NLTP?
Activities typically fall under the following categories:
- Participation: Hands-on experiences with the activities you choose. While the Plan is intended to be flexible regarding practice areas, the emphasis should be on obtaining practical experience.
- Observation: If you are unable to participate in an activity, then observe your mentor or another attorney. Observing court proceedings can teach you a lot about the practice of law.
- Discussion: In some cases, you can discuss principles and practices. Use examples as much as possible in these discussions.
Who do I contact for questions regarding...
anything NLTP including CLEs earned through completing the NLTP? Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
a CLE I attended but have not yet received a certificate for attending? CLE Dept: CLE@utahbar.org.
my MCLE requirements? Go to the Utah Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal Education (MCLE department) website: https://www.mcleutah.org/lawyers/, or contact the MCLE department at: email@example.com.
What rule governs the New Lawyer Training Program (NLTP)?
Who is required to participate in the NLTP?
New lawyers admitted to the Utah Bar after 2008 and maintaining an “active” status license are required to participate in the NLTP unless grounds for exemption of deferment apply. See Rule 14-808(c) and (d).
Who is NOT required to participate in the NLTP?
- Attorneys with active Utah licenses who do not reside in Utah are exempt. Instead, these attorneys must comply with the regular MCLE requirements for active Utah lawyers.
- Attorneys admitted to practice in Utah after being actively engaged in the practice of law for at least two years in another U.S. jurisdiction prior to admission to practice law in Utah.
- New lawyers with active Utah licenses who are either unemployed or not engaged in the practice of law may petition the NLTP Office for a six-month deferment. These lawyers should create an account on this website and request the deferment through their dashboard. See Rule 14-808(d).
I am a judicial clerk. Am I required to complete the NLTP?
Yes. However, a judicial clerk may temporarily defer participation in the NLTP for the duration of their clerkship. Once the clerkship ends, the clerk is REQUIRED to complete the NLTP. See Rule 14-808(c). Two years of experience as a judicial clerk is NOT sufficient grounds for an exemption from the NLTP.
When does the program start?
There are two NLTP terms per year: January 1 to December 31, and July 1 to June 30. Each term is 12 months long. For administrative efficiency, new lawyers will not be permitted to begin the NLTP at any other point during the year.
How do I sign up for the New Lawyer Training Program?
Click on "Create account" in the upper right corner of this website. You will need to fill out a short form that includes questions such as your educational background, professional experience, and mentoring preferences.
When should I register for the New Lawyer Training Program?
You should register at least 4-6 weeks BEFORE the start of the next NLTP cycle. This will give you time to find a mentor, participate in the mandatory NLTP Orientation session, and familiarize yourself with the NLTP.
When is the Mandatory NLTP Orientation?
The mandatory NLTP Orientation is held in December for the following January 1st cycle, and in June for the following July 1st cycle. You will not receive a Zoom link for the Orientation until AFTER you have submitted your registration on the NLTP website.
How do I find a mentor?
BE PROACTIVE. You cannot request or even search for a mentor until you create an account on this website. If you have already identified an NLTP-approved mentor who you would like to work with, you will have the option to request that mentor after you submit your registration. If your requested mentor agrees, they will contact you. If you do not have an approved mentor in mind, you can search the NLTP database for one and send a request to that attorney. Please note that you cannot start on your mentee checklist items until after you have a mentor.
Even though you reach out to a prospective mentor through the NLTP website, you should also reach out to them via email to touch base.
May I have a family member, friend, or neighbor be my mentor?
You should choose a mentor who is objective and will give you unbiased advice and guidance. Mentor and mentee need to have the freedom to speak openly about sensitive issues including ethical dilemmas. As such, you should avoid choosing a mentor with whom you have a personal relationship such as a family member, friend, or neighbor.
May I choose a mentor who is not currently on the approved list of mentors for the NLTP but is going to apply?
Yes, but it takes approximately 6-8 weeks for a prospective attorney mentor to apply and receive approval which may not be soon enough to mentor you. The Utah State Bar Committee on New Lawyer Training needs adequate time to review the prospective mentor's request, so if you plan to ask a lawyer to apply to be your mentor ask the lawyer to submit their Profile well in advance of your enrollment deadline. You should have an alternate approved mentor in mind. Keep in mind that a delay in choosing an approved mentor may put you behind in completing all NLTP requirements by the deadline.
What is the Initial Meeting with my mentor, and what is the deadline to complete it?
You and your mentor will create a Mentoring Plan during your Initial Meeting (go to the "Resources" tab to find the NLTP Guide to Creating a Mentoring Plan. This meeting MUST take place during the first month of the NLTP term in which you are participating. The Mentoring Plan must be completed within 60 days after the start of the NLTP term. For the January to December term, the deadline is approximately March 2. For the July to June term, the deadline is August 29. If the deadline falls on a weekend, then the following Monday will be the deadline. It is important that you meet this deadline, or you may not have enough time to complete all of the required activities of the program. The program lasts the entire 12 months, and it is NOT possible to complete the program in a shorter time. The earliest a Certificate of Completion can be given is 2-3 weeks before the end of the 12-month NLTP term.
Am I allowed to change mentors?
Yes. It is preferable that you complete the program with the same mentor, but it is possible to switch. You should contact the NLTP Office as soon as possible. If the new mentor is someone within your law firm (“inside” mentoring) who is already approved in the NLTP, then submit that person’s name to the NLTP Office. Otherwise, you should review the list of available mentors on the NLTP website and send a request to prospective new mentor.
Is there a fee for the NLTP?
Yes. Per Rule 14-808(e), there is a total cost of $300. This is broken up into the $150 Enrollment Fee paid before you start the program, and a $150 Completion Fee that you may pay once you have completed the program and your mentor has submitted the Completion Certificate. These fees must be paid through your USB Practice Portal. Please note that the Utah State Bar no longer accepts checks or money orders. Once your mentor has submitted the Completion Certificate, either you or your mentor should notify the NLTP department by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The NLTP department will then award the 12 CLEs to the mentor and add the $150 Completion Fee to your USB Practice Portal: https://services.utahbar.org/Login. Once you have paid the Completion Fee, please notify the NLTP department to request your 12 CLEs be added to your CLE transcript.
See Rule 14-808(e): https://legacy.utcourts.gov/rules/view.php?type=ucja&rule=14-808
How many CLEs will I have from the NLTP and when do I receive them?
New lawyers receive 12 CLE credits upon successful completion of the NLTP and payment of the $150 Completion Fee. The NLTP Certificate of Completion cannot be issued until the end of the 12-month term. The 12 CLE credits cover all of your MCLE requirements (regular, ethics, and professional) for one MCLE cycle. The 12 CLE credits will appear on your CLE transcript as “12 NLTP” rather than being broken down into regular hours, ethic hours, or professionalism hours. Please note that the Utah State Bar no longer accepts checks or money orders.
I have finished all the requirements for the NLTP. How do I get the Completion Certificate?
The Completion Certificate will only show up on the mentor’s NLTP dashboard and is not available until 2-3 weeks before the end of the 12-month cycle (mid-December or mid-June depending on which term you are in). Your mentor will need to verify that you have completed all requirements before the Certificate can be issued.
I have created my NLTP account online, but do not see any list of requirements for the program. How do I find that list?
The list of NLTP requirements or “Milestones” will only appear once you have a mentor. Once you have a mentor, go to the “Connections” tab on the left side of your dashboard. Click on the picture of your mentor, and then click on “Milestones.”
I work in a law firm. Can one of my direct supervisors be my mentor?
No. Direct supervisors are not allowed to provide NLTP mentoring to their subordinates. However, another attorney in the organization may mentor you under the NLTP as long as they are not a supervisor to you within the organization.
Can I participate in the NLTP even if I have not matched with a mentor through this website?
No. The NLTP-approved mentor must accept (match) your mentor request through this website to verify that you are moving forward in the program.
Can I still receive credit for attending the NLTP Ethics course even if I have not matched with a mentor through this website?
No. You must be matched with a mentor through this website before you can move forward in the program or receive credit for attending the NLTP Ethics course which is held in April and October.
I would like to become a mentor. What do I need to do?
The first step is to go to the upper right corner of this webpage and click on “Create account.” Once you create the account, you should click on the “mentor” option which will take you to the Mentor Profile. You will need to includes three professional references for the NLTP Committee to contact. Once you submit your Profile, it takes approximately 6-8 weeks to receive approval from the NLTP Committee, though it may take longer depending on how many prospective mentors are applying. If you would like to become a mentor for a specific NLTP term, you should submit your Profile as soon as possible.
What are the qualifications to become a mentor?
NLTP Guidelines for Mentor Qualifications:
Hold an active status Utah license to practice law;
Minimum of 7 years of practice experience in any jurisdiction where the attorney is licensed to practice law;
Practiced law for at least one year within the last three years.
No past or pending public or formal discipline proceeding of any time or nature by a court or a state bar; however, the NLTP administrator shall submit applications for individuals with discipline to the USBC on New Lawyer Training. The Committee has authority to further evaluate the nature and history of the disciplinary proceeding to determine whether the applicant, despite the disciplinary history, is eligible to serve as a mentor;
Attorney shall carry malpractice insurance in an amount of at least $100,000/$300,000 if in private practice; and
Approval by the USBC on New Lawyer Training. The USBC on New Lawyer Training has broad discretion to approve or not approve mentors.
As a prospective mentor, why do I need to submit references, and who should I use?
All requests to become a mentor are reviewed by the Utah State Bar Committee on New Lawyer Training. The Committee requires the submission of at least three professional references from the legal community with whom you have had professional dealings within the past three years (no family, friends, neighbors, etc.). Essentially, we would like you to provide the names of attorneys who are familiar with your demeanor and general reputation in the legal community
Please use the following guidelines when choosing your references: 1. Only one reference can be from your current firm or legal employer. 2. At least one reference must be an adverse/opposing counsel. 3. Provide one judicial reference from a judge familiar with your performance and demeanor in court.
If you do not have a judicial reference, please provide a second adverse/opposing counsel reference. or “adverse/opposing counsel”, please provide the names of attorneys with whom you maintain a professional relationship. Examples of acceptable references include but are not limited to outside counsel (current or previous) representing your organization, attorneys who have appeared adverse to you in some capacity (contract negotiations, mediations, etc.), or attorneys at government entities with whom you have professional dealings.
If you have any questions about whether you are providing appropriate references, please email your questions to email@example.com.
I have signed up as a mentor. Why haven't I been requested yet?
We are grateful for your willingness to help students in this way. After you register for this Mentoring program, it could take some time before you are matched with a student, since this is a student-driven program. If you are a young alumnus, you are able to search for and contact other mentors through this Mentoring program. Connections can be made through shared personal or professional interests.
How many new lawyers may I mentor at one time?
You may mentor up to two new lawyers at any given time. However, you cannot receive more than 12 CLEs per MCLE cycle regardless of whether you mentor one or two new lawyers during that cycle.
What CLE credits will I receive, and when will I receive them?
Mentors are entitled to a total of 12 CLE credit hours per NLTP mentoring term. The CLE credit hours consist of 10 regular credit hours, 1 Ethics hour, and 1 Professionalism hour, and will appear on your CLE transcript this way. These hours cover all of your MCLE requirements for one MCLE cycle. You will receive the 12 CLE credits once your mentee successfully completes the NLTP term and you sign off on their Completion Certificate which will not appear on your NLTP dashboard until approximately 3-4 weeks before the end of the NLTP cycle.
My mentee has finished all the requirements for the NLTP. How do I sign off on their NLTP Completion Certificate?
The Completion Certificate will not be available on the NLTP Milestones tab until 2-3 weeks before the end of the 12-month cycle. You will need to verify that your mentee has completed all requirements before approving. See Rule 14-404(b)(4).