2021 Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship
Program Details


Application process

All applications will be submitted via our LawCruit portal. 


  • Diverse Background
  • Strong Academic Performance
  • First-year law school student expected to graduate Spring 2023. 

Application Materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • A writing sample from first-year of law school.
  • Copy of college and first semester law school transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable). 
  • A brief statement (1-2 pages) explaining how the applicant would contribute to creating a more diverse legal community in Charlotte, and why the applicant would like to practice law in Charlotte.

Interview process

Those who are invited to interview will be notified approximately one week after the application deadline. Travel arrangements will be handled by the Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation. Interviews consist of 20-35 min rotational interviews with about 4-5 CLDC employers per interview. 

Interviews will be held in Charlotte in February 2021. A candidate reception will also be held during the interview process and will serve as an opportunity to meet CLDC employers and alumni.

Assignment Law Firms and Legal Departments

The 2021 CLDC program will consist of seven weeks with a participating law firm and three weeks with a participating legal department for a total of 10 weeks in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. The start date for the 2021 CLDC program will be May 2021, exact date is still being determined.

Potential students selected to participate in the 2021 CLDC program will be matched with a law firm and a corporate legal department. Although all of the law firms are located in downtown Charlotte, a number of the participating corporate legal departments are not.


Each law firm will set the compensation for its clerk based on the compensation provided to its summer associates. The corporate legal departments will determine the weekly compensation for the last three weeks of the program. 


Selected clerks are responsible for securing proper housing during their summer in Charlotte; however, the CLDC program is happy to provide resources and recommendations on housing options. Some firm representatives may have additional resources or provide subsidized housing during the summer.


Selected clerks are responsible for securing appropriate transportation to satisfy work and program requirements during the summer.


2021 program Calendar - To be determined