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North Carolina Central University School of Law

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law offers two programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree: a full-time day program and a part-time evening program. Full-time professors, clinical instructors, including 28 women and 28 minorities, work with a number of distinguished adjunct and visiting professors to teach approximately 576 students in both programs. Students who have attended the Law School range in age from 20 to 65 and have diverse education, socioeconomic backgrounds and professional experiences. As a historically African-American institution, we continually seek to enhance our focus on civil rights and to strengthen our ties to the community. The Charles Hamilton Houston Endowed Chair was established by Frank Anderson and Susan Powell to bring a prominent civil rights law professor to the School of Law to lecture in the areas of constitutional and civil rights law. The Chair has been held by such attorneys as Judge Charles Becton, Fred Gray, Julius Chambers, Alvin Chambliss, Jr. and Janelle Byrd-Chichester. In 2007, the Law School launched a Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Concentration for students interested in developing a deeper understanding of civil rights law and history.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 583
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 143 - 151
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.91 - 3.47
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 73.85%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 43.0%
In State Tuition $11,375
Out of State Tuition $25,303

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About North Carolina Central University School of Law

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law offers two programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree: a full-time day program and a part-time evening program. Full-time professors, clinical instructors, including 28 women and 28 minorities, work with a number of distinguished adjunct and visiting professors to teach approximately 576 students in both programs. Students who have attended the Law School range in age from 20 to 65 and have diverse education, socioeconomic backgrounds and professional experiences. As a historically African-American institution, we continually seek to enhance our focus on civil rights and to strengthen our ties to the community. The Charles Hamilton Houston Endowed Chair was established by Frank Anderson and Susan Powell to bring a prominent civil rights law professor to the School of Law to lecture in the areas of constitutional and civil rights law. The Chair has been held by such attorneys as Judge Charles Becton, Fred Gray, Julius Chambers, Alvin Chambliss, Jr. and Janelle Byrd-Chichester. In 2007, the Law School launched a Civil Rights and Constitutional Law Concentration for students interested in developing a deeper understanding of civil rights law and history.

Reviews

“I rave about my law school,” gloats a 3L at the North Carolina Central University School of Law. By all accounts, NCCU is a “great value.” It’s unquestionably possible to graduate from here with little or no debt. The renovated law school building feels “very new” and it’s “always well-kept.” The facilities are state-of-the-art” and “extremely high-tech.” “Practical training is strongly encouraged” and readily available. “NCCU has substantial opportunities for practical legal experience outside the classroom,” explains a 1L. “Excellent” clinics, pro bono opportunities, externship programs, and hands-on skills courses provide real world experience galore. “The variety of clinics” (eighteen in all) includes criminal litigation, juvenile law, and a small business clinic—just to name a few. There’s also a standard JD/MBA program, a JD/MLS program (for future law librarians), and a unique Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Institute, where you can engross yourself in the labyrinth of prescription drug regulation. It’s also worth not­ing that students here have easy access to the state and federal courts in the nearby state capital, Raleigh.Inside the classroom, the “passionate, knowledgeable,” and “very dedicated” faculty brings plenty of “real-world” know-how. For the most part, professors are also “very clear in explaining concepts.” “The teachers are really encouraging, and they want to see each student succeed.” “Motivation, guidance, and encouragement” are ample. “Faculty accessibility” is another huge plus. “They are tough but there for you in many ways.” Faculty members are “very responsive” and “always available and willing to help” if you stay after class or stop by their offices. Some students call NCCU “the total package” and wouldn’t change a thing. Others, however, see areas that could be better. While some students tell us that management is “organized” and “always helpful,” for example, others disagree. Also, despite the fact that a loyal alumni base works “to ensure that you have an opportunity to practice” and a recently reorganized Career Services Office has helped students with job placement, “other support services” could still use “an overhaul.” A broader selection of electives would be another improvement. “We could offer a wider variety of classes in more con­centrated areas,” suggests a 3L.

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 167

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

J.D./M.B.A. - 4 Years, J.D./M.L.S. - 4 Years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Constitutional
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 72
Full-Time Faculty 33
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 16
Part-Time Faculty 23
Faculty Gender 31% Male
68% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 40% Male
60% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 43%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 49%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $11,375 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,711 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $22,086 $11,375

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $25,303 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,711 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $36,014 $25,303

Financial Aid

98% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$32,000 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 31

Average Age Admitted: 28

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

North Carolina Central University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 143 - 149
LSAT Part-Time 148 - 155
LSAT Total 143 - 151

North Carolina Central University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.91 - 3.47
Part-Time 2.82 - 3.56
Total 2.91 - 3.47

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Important: Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency, Work Experience

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 76%
First Time Pass Rate 74%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 80%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 50
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 43%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 12 17%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 0%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 1%
Business Industry 15 21%
Government 11 15%
Public Interest 5 7%
State Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 5 7%
Unknown Employer Type 2 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 17 10%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 3%
VA 4%
NC 69%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of North Carolina Central University School of Law include:

  • Willie Gary - Senior Partner in Private Practice
  • Fred Whitfield - CEO - Charlotte Bobcats
  • Jason L. Groves - Executive VP/General Counsel, Medifast
  • G. K. Butterfield - U.S. House of Rep.
  • Honorable Wanda Bryant - N.C. Court of Appeals

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