Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship
Established in 2006, the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship (CLDC) program operates with one basic goal—to improve diversity in the Mecklenburg County Bar by attracting top first-year law students with diverse backgrounds to Charlotte through corporate and law firm summer internships. To date, the CLDC program has hosted 96 students from top law schools. Since 2010, 20 percent of the CLDC alumni have returned to Charlotte for either a second-year clerkship or full-time employment.
The CLDC is a program of Mecklenburg County Bar's (MCB) Diversity & Inclusion Committee and is overseen by the CLDC Subcommittee. The current chairs are Erica Jackson, Partner at K&L Gates and Knut Nodeland, Associate General Counsel at Bank of America.
The following law firms and corporations are participating as CLDC employers:
Alston & Bird, LLP; Bradley LLP; K&L Gates; Mayer Brown; McGuireWoods, LLP; Moore & Van Allen, PLLC; Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP; Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.; Troutman Sanders, LLP; Bank of America; Duke Energy Corporation; Ingersoll Rand; Passport and Wells Fargo & Company. The following law firms are proud sponsors of the CLDC program: Holland & Knight LLP and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.
CLDC Clerks are selected from across the country as part of a very competitive selection process. Each applicant provides a resume highlighting legal and undergraduate academic achievements and other professional experiences and grades, along with a statement explaining how the applicant would contribute to creating a more diverse legal community in Charlotte. The initial applicant pool is then narrowed down and interviewed by representatives from the CLDC firms and corporations. The highly qualified candidates undergo a half day of interviews and attend a candidate reception with representatives from the law firms, legal departments and CLDC alumni. From there, the clerks selected then become part of the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship program.
CLDC Subcommittee members select and support CLDC Clerks through the planning and implementation of the summer program. Interested in joining this subcommittee? The application for this year's committee volunteers is now available and must be completed by May 31, 2019. Click here to complete the committee interest form.