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Charlotte School of Law is one of only a handful of law schools in the United States to have a Cooperative Legal Education Program.

The Charlotte School of Law Co-op Program is an academic program designed to supplement clinics, externships and other experiential learning courses, bringing together the teaching of desired legal skills, knowledge, and values identified by the faculty as essential to effective lawyering to prepare students for co-ops with law firms or companies. Students are paired with supervising attorneys in companies or law firms for a field experience throughout the duration of the semester that they are in the co-op program.

Why partner with Charlotte School of Law through the Co-op Program?

  • Receive cost-effective legal assistance from highly motivated student lawyers who are taking a companion corporate companion course taught by a current or former in-house counsel.
  • A student lawyer is capable of handling those research projects for which counsel has no time.
  • Partner student lawyers with paralegals on projects.
  • Get a fresh perspective on current practices in the legal department in regard to streamlining processes.
  • Student lawyers can be allowed to review contracts and leases, update policies and documents, and investigate client concerns and compliance issues.
  • Utilize the Co-op Program in recruiting.

Charlotte School of Law students are available to assist current members of the bar and community partners with pro bono cases and projects. Our students are not licensed to practice law and must work with your legal supervision. Please contact Professor Emma Lloyd Best at for more information.

Persons seeking pro bono local legal assistance may want to consult the Mecklenburg County Bar Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) at 704-375-0120 or visit their website.

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