Charleston School of Law seeks to create a campus environment that welcomes and fosters diversity in broad aspects. The Departments and Offices work to be inclusive. The Office of Diversity Initiatives, in particular, carries out the mission by creating an inclusive environment on campus, in the Lowcountry, and throughout the State of South Carolina.

The Founders of Charleston School of Law created this law school (only the second in South Carolina) to reach those who were underrepresented in the legal profession and to address inequities that exist among South Carolinians.

The Founders created Charleston School of Law with the two main objectives listed in its Mission Statement:

(1) To teach the practice of law as a profession, having as its chief aim providing public service; and

(2) To teach the law as a means of providing relief for those who suffer because they are helpless, weak, outnumbered or because they are victims of prejudice.



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Creating Positive Change by Inclusion and Diversity



ABA Diversity Clerkship Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Diversity Clerkship Program, an 8 week summer program that provides business law clerkship placements for qualified diverse second year law students. Participating clerks receive support and mentoring in the business law field, exposure to business practices, and a $3000 stipend. Our own alumni, Erika Fowler, was selected for the program in 2019 and clerked with Judge Clifton Newman in Columbia. The application deadline is January 7, 2022. You can find more information here.

The Defender Services Program

This program seeks to enhance the quality of representation provided for persons unable to afford the cost of counsel in federal criminal proceedings by increasing the number of diverse attorneys capable of providing this representation. There are capital and non-capital options, and the program is for graduating 3L’s and new attorneys. The application deadline is January 7, 2022.

Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship

The Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship is awarded to a 1L underrepresented or minority law student. The program recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a paid summer associate position in one of their office locations. See CORE for the posting and application form.

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Debra Gammons

Debra J. Gammons
Director of the Office Diversity Initiatives
Distinguished Visiting Professor

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