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The objective of the Charlotte Law Success Initiative (CLSI) is to create a model for providing outstanding academic, professional, and personal support to all of our students to assist them in being successful in law school, on the bar exam, and in their careers.

Employers have told us that competencies like grit, professionalism, self-awareness and relationship building are the keys to long-term personal, academic and professional success.  


Employers have told us that competencies like grit, professionalism, self-awareness and relationship building are the keys to long-term personal, academic and professional success.
 

Grit

Grit is embodied in one's own self-awareness and confidence. A person with grit demonstrates a strong growth mindset; possesses courage and commitment to set ambitious goals; demonstrates mental toughness to formulate clear strate­gies to achieve those goals even in the face of adversity; and executes those strategies with self-motivation and diligence to successfully attain their goals.
 

Professionalism

Professionalism is the interpersonal skills, etiquette, judgment, dress, and discipline required to positively interact as a pro­fessional with integrity.
 

Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness is the awareness of your authentic self (i.e., your traits, feelings and behaviors) with regard to time and place, as well as your position in personal/professional rela­tionships and the appropriate and productive management of that awareness.
 

Relationship Building

Relationship Building is the ability to collaborate, empathize, listen, communicate, and network with others. Also the ability to lead or follow, practice humility, hold others accountable as needed, and possess the skills needed to maintain strong personal/professional relationships.

As part of our engaging classroom experience, students will explore how these critical competencies impact the legal professional. Participation in self-assessments and frequent feedback from peers and faculty will give students a deeper understanding of what they need to do to align how they view themselves with how others perceive them.
 

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