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A Hands-on Commitment to Community and Service


The Charlotte School of Law is committed to serving the underserved and providing access to justice for all through public and community service. Our commitment to public service goes beyond what you will find at most other law schools.

We are the only law school in North Carolina to require fifty (50) hours of pro bono service and ten (10) hours of community service prior to graduation for every student. Incorporating hands-on service experience into our legal education program gives our students an opportunity to discover their passions, make connections in the community, and gain invaluable experience that will take them well beyond their years in law school.

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.

The required pro bono and community service hours may be met by providing legal services:

  • For the benefit of persons with limited means
  • In other underserved communities
  • For the benefit of the court systems
  • With an aim at the protection of civil rights and civil liberties

Pro Bono services may also include student participation in activities for the improvement of:

  • The law
  • The legal system
  • The legal profession

If you are a current member of the Bar and Community Partners who has pro bono legal projects, Charlotte School of Law is happy to assist you with assigning a student for your pro bono cases and/or projects. Remember, our students are not yet licensed to practice law and must work with your legal supervision. For more information about how to become involved in the Pro Bono Program, click here.

Download the Pro Bono Project Site Form

Charlotte School of Law's Pro Bono Program is not for the purpose of providing direct legal assistance to the general public who seek legal advice or representation. Persons seeking local legal assistance may consult the Mecklenburg County Bar Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) at 704-375-0120 or www.meckbar.org/lawyerreferral/lawyerreferral.cfm.

For more general information, contact Sean Lew at slew@charlottelaw.edu.
 

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