The North Carolina Bar Foundation is committed to addressing inequities in access to legal services and participation in the legal profession experienced by historically excluded or disadvantaged individuals and communities in North Carolina.
With the generous partnership of law firms, legal organizations and individuals across North Carolina, the NCBF is proud to announce the Open Door Fund to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, specifically through the Open Door Fellowship to support NC law students in summer work experiences between the first and second years of law school. As the legal profession in North Carolina grows and its members become increasingly diverse, the Open Door Fellowship signals a collective commitment and desire to welcome all who want to serve the people of North Carolina.
The Power of Association
As the largest voluntary legal organization in the state, the North Carolina Bar Association is uniquely positioned to open doors for law students by providing opportunities for networking and professional development. To better serve the people of North Carolina and the profession, it is important for the legal community to advance diversity in all of its forms – in particular by developing opportunities for law students who come from historically excluded or under-resourced backgrounds to become fully engaged in our profession and our shared work.
Commit to advancing diversity in the legal profession
By uniting in support of this statewide effort, members of our legal profession have the power to enhance the collective strength of the North Carolina legal community, its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and its ability to effectively serve the public.