Entrepreneurial Practice Portal: Digital Tools and Skills for the 21st Century Lawyer

Because of changes in the legal profession, legal education also much change. Charlotte School of Law was designed and developed by legal educators who realized that old models of legal education must be improved upon. Our mission is to become the “benchmark of excellence” for the 21st century. In an effort to further our mission, CharlotteLaw continually seeks out innovative opportunities to equip our students with practice-ready skills.

In fall 2014, CharlotteLaw and national law firms Jacoby & Meyers, The Cochran Firm and The Chavez Law Group launched a program called The Entrepreneurial Practice Portal (EPP). This unique virtual internship gives students the opportunity to gain experience creating digital marketing programs, using online tools to generate legal forms, and conducting legal research and writing. The program was created in response to employers who are seeking out legal professionals skilled at utilizing the latest technology to attract new clients as well as provide legal services.

One student who was chosen through a rigorous interview process involving CSL and partner law firms shares her experience below:

“Working with the Entrepreneurial Practice Portal Program has been a great experience! I am very grateful to the Center for Professional Development (CPD) for providing this visionary opportunity.

I applied to the position through Symplicity, (an interactive web-based tool offered through CPD that assists students with finding internships, job opportunities and professional development resources) and within a short time participated in a formal interview held on campus, and within a week I received an invitation to the program.

This is an innovative program that provides an opportunity to use legal writing and research on a different platform. Currently, I work with the National Trial Lawyers Association (NTL) researching opinions, drafting, and publishing legal articles on current issues. NTL’s goal is to keep its members current on business and professional areas of interest. My articles focus on the plaintiff perspective and the matters our readers will find important. The topics I have covered thus far include employment law, consumer protection, and products liability suits.

I have developed stronger writing skills, an invaluable legal network, and feel I am so much more prepared for practice by participating in this program. I also keep myself current on prominent legal issues. As a future attorney, I believe it is important to be aware of current legal matters impacting the practice of law.

Seeing my name on nationally published articles for the first time was and still is one of the most rewarding feelings. I look forward to progressing in the program and being practice-ready as a result of my valuable experience in the program.

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