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Charlotte School of Law: Unlocking Human Potential

Recently, we had one of our student workers scan through previous blog content and choose a few of the ones she found most helpful as a current Charlotte Law student.  We’ll be re-posting this content throughout the summer so it’s readily available to all of our incoming and returning students for Fall of 2015.  This post originally ran in March of 2015.

The Charlotte School of Law has an overriding purpose: to unlock human potential. Our immediate task is to educate students, in particular so that they can succeed in law school, on the bar examination, and in their chosen careers. But we carry out our educational activities with an eye toward the larger purpose. We identify students who have the potential to learn and succeed more broadly and we tailor comprehensive programs to build on that potential. Thus, we have a growing Honors Program; a large Student Success department; wellness counselors; programs to engender grit, self-awareness, and professionalism; and so much more.

I came to Charlotte as Dean two years ago, in large part because of the commitment to unlocking human potential. (This is a very fundamental commitment; we are also committed to unlocking the potential of our faculty and staff.) I also came for our commitment to the unceasing improvement of our programs, services, and outcomes. No person is or ever will be perfect, but every person can become better and better in personal and professional ways. In the same way, no organization is or ever will be perfect. But the more the organization understands the need for constant improvement, the better it can be in providing value, satisfaction, and success for the persons it serves.

Continuous improvement in law schools is more important today than it was even ten years ago. It is also more difficult. Legal education has long been premised on assumptions about what colleges teach and assess in the areas of writing, critical reading, and personal management; on what students teach themselves; on the nature of jobs in the legal services field; on what employers look for in graduates; and on what bar examiners test. Many of these assumptions are no longer wholly valid. Other changes in the environment are equally dramatic. Nationally, the number of applicants to law school has been declining for five years. Nationally, first-time bar passage rates have been declining (for reasons that are not clear). And both law and legal education are becoming increasingly internationalized, with respect to students, programs, and services. For law schools, adaptation and improvement is essential.

The Charlotte School of Law is continually addressing these challenges and is ever alert to opportunities. For example, we systematically concern ourselves with writing skills. We are currently developing methods for rigorously assessing writing competency and potential for improvement in applicants; expanding our introductory writing program; increasing the ongoing assessment of writing in doctrinal courses; and proving added support for student who need enrichment. Similarly, we are in the midst of a comprehensive project to strengthen the development of competencies required for success on the bar examination. This project reaches from the beginning of the first year through the day of the bar examination itself. We are expanding our opportunities for pro bono service, both in Charlotte and around the world. For example, this month we are launching a new project of pro bono service for our students in Haiti. We are also alert to changes in the legal services field. For example, this summer we are starting a new program in corporate compliance that will provide both knowledge and competitive advantage in this rapidly growing field. And there is much, much more.

I have been Dean of three law schools. One of my greatest sources of satisfaction is improving the school and its services, and enabling faculty and staff to make contributions that are both valuable to students and meaningful to the faculty and staff members themselves. The Charlotte School of Law is an extraordinary place for students to learn and grow, and to position themselves to navigate change. What makes it such an extraordinary place is not only the deep and pervasive commitment to unlocking potential, but also the deep and pervasive commitment to doing a continually better job of providing programs, services, and resources that enable that potential to be unlocked.

~Jay Conison (Dean), Charlotte School of Law~

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Careers in Financial Compliance


The demand for financial compliance professionals is extremely strong and the jobs in this sector pay well, so they’re well worth the interest they’re receiving. Recent graduates and seasoned professionals alike are becoming more aware of the opportunities in financial compliance.

There is a wide range of jobs within the realm of financial compliance. Two prominent areas that are sometimes misunderstood are internal and external auditing.

Internal Auditing

The role of the internal auditor is to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of governance, risk management and internal controls in an organization. This is a broad charter for these compliance professionals and it puts emphasis on monitoring and assessing processes and controls, and making recommendations about how to improve them. Internal auditors are employed by the organization they audit and report to senior management and the board of directors.

Internal auditors typically have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and often move into internal audit work after having worked in external audit jobs as there is some skills and knowledge overlap between the two. The Institute of Internal auditors offers a designation called Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), which is considered the top credential for internal auditors. The qualification is not usually required to obtain positions as an internal auditor, but it certainly enhances one’s marketability.

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External Auditing

External (or independent) auditors are not employees of the organizations they audit and their primary role is to provide an independent opinion on the organization’s financial statements. It is within the scope of their work to test internal controls, but their focus is financial reporting for a specific time period, usually a year.

External auditors are generally required to have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance. Someone who intends to stay in the independent auditor career path could enhance their marketability by obtaining the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential. The largest CPA firms require their auditors to have this certification by a certain point in their career if they intend to remain in the audit function.

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Non-Audit Financial Compliance Careers

While auditing offers many career options, financial compliance offers a world of other opportunities, as well. Take, for example, mergers and acquisitions (M&A). With federal anti-trust laws affecting large company mergers even before transactions are completed, compliance knowledge is important in this arena. Many large mergers have been scuttled because they did not comply with statutory requirements and many times proper strategic planning of these transactions can avoid compliance nightmares.

For those who choose a compliance career other than auditing, there are ways to develop your competence in the field. One of the education and certification paths that can enhance your career is the Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) credential. This credential is offered through the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) and it requires passing an exam, as well as a combination of work experience and education.

We have touched on just a few financial compliance career options. The opportunities in this field are abundant and varied. Whichever direction you choose, you will be embarking on an interesting and challenging career.

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Charlotte School of Law: Did You Know?


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by | June 30, 2015 · 10:17 am

Charlotte School of Law Librarian, Susan Catterall, Named Best Blogger/Writer of the Year by PLL

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Congratulations to our very own Susan Catterall on being named Best Blogger/Writer of the Year by PLL for her professional advice column, “The Reference Desk,” published monthly in AALL SpectrumPLL is the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).  The PLL Best Blogger/Writer award is designed to recognize a member who has made significant blogging/writing contributions to the Private Law Librarians Special Interest Section and/or law library profession and who demonstrates outstanding potential for continued service.

Susan created “The Reference Desk” about five years ago when Mark Estes (former AALL President and editor of AALL Spectrum) asked Susan if she would be willing to write an “advice” column for AALL Spectrum.  AALL members had suggested that such a column would be a valuable resource for the law librarian community and Susan rose to the challenge.

The first column was published in the September/October 2010 issue of AALL Spectrum.   The monthly column addresses professionalism subjects such as appropriate dress and use of technology, as well as training matters and succession planning.  Susan sometimes addresses the questions on her own, but she often consults other librarians and taps into their greater expertise. Their contributions not only make for a richer more credible column but also provide an opportunity to identify authorities within our profession and make the column more relevant.

In addition to the advice of former AALL Board members and Presidents and librarian colleagues from all types of libraries, Susan has also asked for assistance from library consultants, information vendors and several human resources specialists.  In particular, she has reached out to Liz Johnson, Reference Librarian at Wake Forest University Law and former Reference Librarian at Charlotte School of Law, and Jeremy McCleery, Health and Wellness Counselor at Charlotte School of Law.

Stop by the library to congratulate Susan and to wish her well as she travels to the annual AALL Conference in Philadelphia this summer.

Want to know more?  Learn about Susan and all of the Library Staff in our Meet Our Librarians and Staff LibGuide

We are proud of you, Susan!

Below are links to some of Susan’s blogs:

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Congratulations to CharlotteLaw’s First LL.M. Graduating Class!


“Charlotte School of Law’s first LL.M. class did an absolutely outstanding job in the first year of the program’s operation. This year’s class had a wonderful opportunity to learn American law in Charlotte, which is a vibrant and growing international city.  I wish each of them great success in their future endeavors.”

~Tony Ketron, Director of LL.M. Programs.

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