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.



Creating Positive Change through Campus Events


Creating Positive Change by Inclusion and Diversity

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Speaking of Diversity – by Debra J. Gammons

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Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) is hosting our Virtual Diversity Career Fair on October 27, 2021, from 9:oo a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Participating employers are seeking diverse candidates for junior, mid-career, and executive positions.

During the event, candidates can connect directly with employers to learn more about the organizations and search numerous open employment opportunities.

Participating organizations include: Amazon, Citi, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, Fisher Phillips, Lincoln Financial Group, MetLife, Pfizer Inc., USAA, U.S. Bank, U.S. Department of Justice, Venable LLP and more.

For registration information, follow this link.

Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship

The Nexsen Pruet Diversity Scholarship is awarded to two underrepresented or diverse law students who are enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school. The program recipients receive a $5,000 scholarship and a paid summer associate position. Since the inception of the scholarship program, the firm has awarded 42 scholarships at a total investment of $130,000.

These scholarships go to underrepresented or diverse law students planning careers in South or North Carolina in order to:

  • Support diversity within Nexsen Pruet and the bar;
  • Enhance educational opportunities for talented minorities in the field of law; and
  • Inform underrepresented or diverse law students of opportunities for private practice in the Carolinas.

Application deadline is Friday, July 19, 2021. Find the 2L Fall scholarship application here.


To contact the Office of Diversity Initiatives, click the common box at charlestonlawdiversity@charlestonlaw.edu or send a message to Professor Debra J. Gammons by clicking here.

Debra Gammons

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

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