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“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”
         - George Washington Carver

Those who have studied the law understand that education is the key to participating in society. Equal access to education is yet to be realized, but McGuireWoods welcomes the opportunity to play our part in moving society closer to that goal — through after-school, college-prep, and mentoring programs, as well as with legal scholarships and paid internships or clerkships. One such example is that we sponsor Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) pre-law programs around the country to encourage students from under-represented populations to attend law school. Other examples include:

Carver Promise

More than a decade ago, McGuireWoods teamed with several corporations and four universities to establish the Carver Promise. This nationally recognized program is located at and named for the predominantly minority G.W. Carver Elementary School, the oldest public elementary school in Richmond, Virginia. Entire classes of students enter the program in the third grade and participate through the 12th grade. During this period, mentors from area universities and companies, as well as an array of additional supporters, volunteer to assist these disadvantaged students in working toward high-school graduation and college admission. 

Each summer, we reserve intern positions for two Carver Promise high-school students.

Two of our lawyers served on the founding board, and the firm continues to provide significant financial assistance for the program. Many of our lawyers serve as mentors. Another of our partners acquired a corporate grant and formed the Carver Alumni and Friends Association; and yet another currently chairs the Carver Promise Board of Directors.

The Chicago Challenge

One Chicago partner is the founder and president of the Chicago Challenge — a tax-exempt charitable and educational organization that provides some of Chicago’s most economically disadvantaged inner-city children with opportunities to realize their potential. Since its inception in 1994, numerous members of our firm have devoted countless hours and significant financial support to help the organization provide its scholars with quality education, health care, psychological counseling, after-school tutoring, and extracurricular activities.  

Friends Association

Originally founded by the Quakers, this organization has assisted residents of public housing for several years with daycare, after-school care, mentoring, tutoring and counseling services. One of our partners served as president, and a number of our lawyers have served on the board for several years. 

Women in the Law

Pre-qualified female students at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, who have demonstrated an interest in law, are employed in our Atlanta office for approximately 10 hours per week during the school year as paid interns and litigation management assistants. Many of these women have gone on to law school. Spelman is a private, liberal arts college, historically attended by African-American women. Please see the “Diversity & Inclusion” section for more information on how McGuireWoods supports lawyer networks and women’s professional development. 

Explorer Scouting Program

McGuireWoods’ partners and associates have long been involved in the Explorer Program that is designed to assist students who have interest in pursuing legal careers. Many of the meetings are held at the firm. Our teams have won national competitions. 

Boys and Girls Club

For several years, McGuireWoods’ partners have served on Boys and Girls Club boards, as well as on its Foundation board.