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One priority of the UNC School of Law Career Development Office is to provide programs for our diverse student body, identify and promote opportunities that are targeted to minority and diverse law students and participate in programs and committees within the legal profession that focus on diversity. Our diversity initiatives include:

  • Sponsoring or co-sponsoring diversity programs such as "Diversity in the DA’s Office: Making the Case" and the Student Bar Association Diversity Committee’s "Voices of Diversity: Challenges, Roadblocks and Triumphs in the Legal Workplace" alumni panel event.
  • Developing close relationships with diverse students in order to assist them as law students and invite them as alumni to participate in CDO programs such as Career Night and panels throughout the year.
  • Working closely with diversity/minority student organizations (BLSA, AALSA, HLLSA, NALSA, Lambda and SBA).
  • Maintaining Diversity listservs and a Diversity section of the CDO weekly newsletter to directly communicate important information to minority law students and highlight relevant programs and opportunities.
  • Maintaining a comprehensive list of off-campus Diversity Interview Programs across the country that focus on 1L and 2L summer associate/internship opportunities. The list is available and advertised to our students throughout the year. The list includes details about each program, such as registration requirements and deadlines, interview locations and dates, the interviewing selection process, links to the program websites, and the practice settings of participating employers. A map with basic information on these interview programs can be found on the CDO’s website.
  • Hosting Information Sessions on Diversity Interview Programs. Twice a year, the CDO designs programs to educate students on off-campus interview programs that primarily target 1L students for minority and diversity summer positions and scholarships. A highlight of these programs is when 2L and 3L students provide advice to peers and talk about their experiences in these interview programs.
  • Coaching first-year students selected for interviews for the two premier minority/diversity summer programs that place students in law firms and corporations in North Carolina: the North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Summer Associates Program (MIP SAP) and the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkships (CLDC). The law school has been extremely successful with placements in these programs and others directed at diversity students.
  • Preparing students for the Southeastern Minority Job Fair. SEMJF is the largest minority law student summer off-campus interview program in the country. With the help of CDO counselors, UNC School of Law has consistently secured the first or second highest number of students of any participating law school selected for interviews, callbacks and summer associate/internship offers in recent years. Many Carolina Law students participating in these programs have gone on to secure permanent law firm offers from their summer employers.
  • Identifying minority and diversity attorneys (both alumni and friends of the school) to be included on our list of attorney volunteers. These attorneys participate in various CDO panels and programs, insuring that the diversity of our student body is reflected in these events.
  • Maintaining a list of national and statewide diversity and minority legal professional organizations .
  • Actively engaging in diversity-related leadership and learning opportunities:
    • North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee and the Committee’s Summer Associate Program sub-committee
    • North Carolina Bar Association’s Annual Diversity Conference, at which we presented the paper “The View from Law School Career Services: Fact, Fiction and Laying the Foundation for Career Success”
    • Parker Poe’s annual "Life in a Law Firm" program to support Carolina Law students in attendance and develop relationships with North Carolina attorneys committed to diversifying the legal workplace
    • Latino Affairs Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association
    • National Association for Law Placement’s (NALP) annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit
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