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.
GritGrit 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.
ProfessionalismProfessionalism is the interpersonal skills, etiquette, judgment, dress, and discipline required to positively interact as a professional with integrity.
Self-AwarenessSelf-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 BuildingRelationship 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.