Charlotte School of Law has been implementing CharlotteLaw Edge for incoming students since the Fall 2013 semester - an innovative approach to preparing students to step directly into roles as practicing attorneys after law school. Charlotte School of Law is leading legal education in an exciting new direction by placing a strong emphasis on experiential learning, starting on the first day of classes. CharlotteLaw Edge is grounded in real-world learning experiences, award-winning community service, and demonstrated success in preparing students for evolving and emerging market realities that today’s graduates must navigate.
Our new curriculum is designed to facilitate bar examination success and readiness to step directly into law practice or law-related careers. In addition to legal theory, our new curriculum emphasizes practical training in the skills and knowledge required to practice law, run a law practice, communicate with clients and manage cases and transactions. The Charlotte School of Law faculty is composed of individuals with rich practice backgrounds and thus those uniquely qualified to deliver a program that will make a difference in students’ professional readiness.
CharlotteLaw Edge also ensures that all students have at least one reasonably intensive and reflective practice-based learning experience during law school. In addition to an extensive cooperative education and externship program, Charlotte School of Law currently has eight (8) live client clinic programs including Criminal Justice, Immigration Law, Family Advocacy, Community Economic Development, Civil Rights, Entrepreneurship, Tax Controversy and Domestic Violence. These direct representation clinics enable students to take what they learned in the classroom and apply that knowledge in helping people with real legal problems. Students develop not only an understanding of substantive law, but also an appreciation for what it means to have a real client and to advocate effectively for that client.
Access to Justice Requirement under CharlotteLaw Edge
All incoming Charlotte School of Law students are required to perform 50 hours of qualifying public service over the course of their law school career. While all 50 hours may be done pro bono, up to 30 hours may be completed through qualifying experiences in any course (i.e., clinic, externship, clinical lab, practicum); public interest job; or pro bono project (same as New York’s new requirement for admission to the bar).
“CharlotteLaw Edge is a key element of how we are looking beyond the changes and challenges confronting law and legal education today. It is a curriculum that gives students the competencies needed to solve problems and the confidence needed to serve clients before they take the bar exam and enter the job market." - Dean Jay Conison