The summer is a critical time in any Carolina student’s journey. That’s especially true for UNC School of Law students building experience to practice law once they graduate.

In summer 2018, five Carolina Law students had an opportunity to witness the practice of law in local courts as part of the Robinson O. Everett Sr. Judicial Fellows Program — a new initiative that exposes students to litigation through working with judges and observing attorneys to provide experience that makes them practice-ready.

“We thought a program focused on state trial court judges throughout the state would give our students, many of whom will practice in state court after graduation, litigation experience at the local level,” says Shawn McKenna, director of employer outreach at UNC School of Law.

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A gift from the Kathrine R. Everett Charitable Trust made judicial fellows program possible. The gift also reinforces Carolina Law’s commitment to provide experiential learning opportunities for students early in their legal education, so they are equipped to be practice-ready and principled advocates of justice once they graduate.

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