Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship
About Charlotte


Charlotte is a wonderful city in which to live and practice law. It is the thriving center of the nation's fifth largest urban region. Here are just some of the reasons to choose Charlotte:

Charlotte is one of the nation's premier business and financial centers. 

During the past ten years, 8,076 new firms have invested $9.9 billion in new Charlotte facilities. Charlottes nine Fortune 500 company headquarters place it sixth nationally, and 306 of the Fortune 500 companies have facilities here. With more than $1.8 trillion in assets, Charlotte is the second largest financial center in the nation, behind only New York. By comparison, Atlanta has assets of only $175 billion and Miami $0.8 billion. More than 447 foreign-owned companies have Charlotte facilities, reflecting Charlottes increasing prominence as a center of international business. See

Charlotte is one of the most livable cities.

Partners for Livable Communities, a nonprofit leadership organization, chose Charlotte as its 2005 top pick for "Most Livable City." Residential and business growth in the Center City and beyond is fast paced. See Charlotte's market offers many choices in housing - from modern Center City condominiums to lake homes and historic area neighborhoods. While ever increasing the number and variety of housing choices, Charlotte remains a city in which newly-arrived residents are able to purchase homes and set down roots immediately.

Charlotte is among the "Hot Cities" for Entrepreneurs.

Business opportunities in Charlotte are not limited to Fortune 500 corporations. Charlotte's positive business environment serves as a springboard for new companies, large and small. In 2006 Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the Charlotte area as the #2 large city for entrepreneurs.

Charlotte boasts one of the nation's leading arts scenes.

Thanks to Charlotte's public private partnerships and the community's generous support of arts, science and history, Charlotte is now a cultural model for cities across the country. Charlotte is home to the Arts & Science Council, the second largest local arts agency in the nation. Charlotte is also home to several award-winning and cutting edge museums, including the Bechtler Museum of Modern Artthe Levine Museum of the New Souththe Mint Museumthe Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture, and the Charlotte Museum of History. Its cultural offerings also include the McColl Center for the Visual Artthe Charlotte SymphonyDiscovery Placethe Light Factorythe Carolina Raptor Centerthe Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and the list goes on.

Charlotte teams with major league sporting and recreation opportunities. 

With our NFL Carolina PanthersNBA HornetsPGA Wells Fargo Golf ChampionshipNASCAR's Charlotte Motor Speedway, the US National Whitewater Center, the newly opened NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Charlotte offers something for everyone.

Charlotte lies between the Carolina beaches and the Appalachian Mountains. 

Living in Charlotte offers the opportunity to enjoy both beach and mountain vacations. You can leave your house after breakfast and be sitting on a beach or hiking a mountain by lunch. To our east, Charlotteans regularly enjoy the convenience of easy access to dozens of beaches from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the Charleston, South Carolina area. And to our west, Grandfather Mountain, Pisgah National Forest, the Biltmore House and Gardens, and other highlights of the Blue Ridge and Great Smokey Mountains are just a short drive away.

Charlotte's moderate climate offers four beautiful seasons. 

One of Charlotte's greatest assets is its climate, with four distinct seasons and temperate summers and winters. Charlotte residents enjoy vibrant spring foliage and beautiful fall colors - and even an occasional snowfall. Outdoor sports are played nearly year-around.