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NCCU School of Law and Memphis School of Law expand diversity and racial initiatives

North Carolina Central University and the University of Memphis are both expanding diversity and racial initiatives at their law schools.

In Tennessee, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law has partnered with Bass, Berry & Sims PLC to create a new diversity program for high school and undergraduate students who are considering a career in law.

“We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive law school environment by pursuing initiatives to increase the access, admission, retention and graduation of diverse students at our campus,” said Memphis Law Dean Katharine Schaffzin. “We are grateful for this partnership with Bass, Berry & Sims to help provide prospective students from historically underrepresented populations with information and financial support for attending our school, as well as professional development guidance to ensure success upon earning their law degrees.”

The program will serve as one of the college’s premier scholarship programs, helping attract diverse students from Tennessee and across the nation to study at Memphis Law, according to the law school.

Additionally, the Summer Trial Institute at Memphs Law will give high school students a hands-on introduction to the legal field and training of valuable skills. Attorneys from Bass, Berry & Sims will serve as instructors and mentors to high school students who participate in this innovative, two-week program.