Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship
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:
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 www.charlottechamber.com.
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 www.charlottecentercity.org. 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.
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.
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 Art, the Levine Museum of the New South, the Mint Museum, the 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 Art, the Charlotte Symphony, Discovery Place, the Light Factory, the Carolina Raptor Center, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and the list goes on.
With our NFL Carolina Panthers, NBA Hornets, PGA Wells Fargo Golf Championship, NASCAR's Charlotte Motor Speedway, the US National Whitewater Center, the newly opened NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Charlotte offers something for everyone.
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.
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.