Minority Law Day
Each year, the Black Law Students Association, the Office of Diversity Initiatives and the Office of Admission partner to host the Law School’s annual Minority Law Day. Through this event, the Black Law Students Association invites local middle and high school students to spend a day at the law school to learn more about the admission process, legal careers, and what it means to be a law student.
In 2006, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough partnered with the Office of Diversity Initiatives to invite minority high school and college students to interact with attorneys at Nelson Mullins and learn more about the legal profession through its Students of Color Reception.
In addition to realizing increased numbers of students of color in the incoming class, the law school recently launched an initiative to build connections with younger students of color interested in legal careers. Through a partnership with the College of Charleston, the school has developed a pre-law mentoring program for students in two College of Charleston programs: the Senior Project (a program for rising high school seniors of color and/or potential first-generation college students) and SPECTRA (a program for entering first-year College of Charleston students from under-represented groups.) Participating students are assigned law students as mentors and are included in all public events on the school’s campus.
Students in both programs attend presentations by law students, school administrators and faculty where they are introduced to life in law school and the legal profession. Program participants learn about the admission process, how to prepare for law school classes, and career options available to law school graduates.
As the students continue in the pre-law mentoring program, they receive specific instructions on taking the LSAT and applying to the law school. Based on the results of this pilot effort, the school intends to expand its pre-law mentoring program to serve students at all historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina.
Since its inception, the Office of Diversity Initiatives has worked diligently to build relationships with colleges in the Southeast and local elementary, middle and high schools. This year alone, the Office of Diversity has visited several schools to encourage students to consider a career in law and attend the Charleston School of Law. Please see the diversity events for more information. If you are interested in inviting us to your school’s career day, please contact us at 843.329.1000.
For more information about the admission requirements at Charleston School of Law, please visit the Office of Admission website or contact Assistant Dean Jacqueline Bell in the Office of Admission at 843.377.2143.
Contact us to schedule a campus visit to the Charleston School of Law today. We will arrange for you to attend a law school class, join a group of law students for lunch, or tour the law school.
Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)
CLEO was founded as a nonprofit project of the ABA Fund for Justice and Education to expand opportunities for low-income and minority students to attend law school.