WVU Law joins the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

1L minority students will benefit from a mentoring program and valuable internships.


MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — The West Virginia University College of Law has joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization dedicated to creating opportunities for minority law students.

LCLD is a group of more than 250 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners, founded in 2009.

WVU Law’s partnership with LCLD provides a mentoring program for its first-year (1L) minority students. Students will also have access to exclusive internships at law firms and in corporate legal departments.

“WVU Law is dedicated to creating opportunities for minority students and we proudly support the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity in its work to make a positive impact on the profession,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law.

Through LCLD, rising second-year law student Tia McClenney was awarded an internship this summer to work at the worldwide firm of McGuireWoods LLP and in the legal department of PNC Financial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is focusing on pro bono work, litigation, and transactional matters.

“The partners have been very open to working with me and I have learned a lot,” she said.  “My supervisors want me to succeed, and they take the time to make sure I accomplish just that.”

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