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What is a Carolina Law Club?

The UNC Law Alumni Association supports a network of Carolina Law clubs to connect Alumni locally by providing engagement and networking opportunities in specific geographic areas. Each Carolina Law club is supported by one or more alumni who have volunteered to serve as a club representative.

Club representatives support Carolina Law in their communities in a variety of ways, including:

  • Representing the law school and the UNC Law Alumni Association in their communities
  • Having their contact information on our website for inquiries from other Alumni or students
  • Welcoming and assisting Alumni moving to their areas
  • Helping provide opportunities for Alumni engagement
  • Assisting the law school in organizing Alumni events
  • Organizing less formal gatherings of law school Alumni
  • Serving as a resource to students working with the Career Development office
  • Providing guidance to help develop programming that is best targeted to their communities
  • Helping locate missing contact information for area Alumni
  • Advising the law school as needed

  • Carolina Law clubs are supported by the UNC School of Law Office of Advancement. For questions or assistance not addressed in this toolkit, contact Susan McLean, director of alumni and donor relations, at 919.445.0170 or

    How UNC School of Law Supports the Carolina Law Clubs

    Staff Support - A staff member from the UNC School of Law Office of Advancement assists club leaders with almost all aspects of planning and promoting club programs and events. The law school and the alumni engagement committee also works to organize new clubs and reactivate dormant clubs.

    Club Website -The School of Law provides and maintains a website for each club. This includes upcoming events, contact info for leaders, photos, etc

    Email Broadcasts-The Office of Advancement will send an email to all alumni on behalf of the club for events and no more than once each month (per leaders’ request). Club leaders also have the capabilities to send emails to all alumni on behalf of the club through the club website. Broadcast emails are sent by the School of Law or club leaders and go to all alumni with a valid email in your club area. This is the best way to cast the widest net and inform the MOST alumni about your events.

    Event Speakers -The Office of Advancement can help identify and make arrangements for speakers from the law school to attend a club event or provide a CLE program.

    Mail Services -The Office of Advancement can provide design, printing and mailing services for large events.

    Alumni Lists -The Office of Advancement will provide club leaders with lists of local alumni.

    Events Packet -The Office of Advancement provides a goodie bag of event related items (bag, banner, clip board, attendee lists, name badges, markers, pens, selfie stick)

    Social Media -The law school will help each club set up a Facebook page and promote it in all regional communications and encourages club leaders (and all alumni) to use the Twitter and Instagram tag #unclawalumni.

    Financial Advice and Support -The UNC School of Law is unable to provide a dedicated budget to club functions. We advise to host pay on your own events whenever possible. The Office of Advancement can set up an online payment option for select events. In individual cases where a deposit or room fee is required, the office will work with the club leaders and venue to provide direct payment. Reimbursement to individual alumni is difficult and time consuming and recommended as a last resort. ;Local law firms or alumni should not be approached to sponsor events on behalf of the law school unless cleared through the Office of Advancement.

    Carolina Law Club Event Ideas and Programming

    The Goal To encourage a continued connection between UNC Law and its alumni by providing meaningful opportunities for alumni to spend time together following law school.

    What Our Alumni Want
    • UNC Law alumni have expressed an interest in programs that:• Allow for social interactions with other alumni in their area.
    • Provide free CLE credit, especially in smaller counties where free CLE is not readily available.
    • Allow an opportunity to network and establish business connections.
    • Provide an opportunity for fun and fellowship while celebrating UNC athletics.
    • UNC Law administration and professors are a terrific resource, ask them to come to your area or to present a CLE to your club.  CLEs can also be a great opportunity for current students to present part of a CLE program with a faculty member.
    • Utilize the UNC Law alumni event registration system and web pages for your events.
    • Financial resources are limited – members will be expected to pay their way to most events.
    Processing CLE for Regional and Club Programs
  • The UNC School of Law Advancement Office is able to assist in the filing the application for CLE credit in North Carolina. The school asks that in states outside of N.C. the local volunteer coordinates with an accredited sponsor (typically a law firm) to apply for and process the credit.
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