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School of Law

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Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; a maximum of 6 hours credits may be applied. The following joint degrees may be earned: J.D./M.B.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration) and J.D./M.L.S. (Juris Doctor/Master of Library and Information Services).

The School of Law offers specialty certificates in Dispute Resolution and Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law. In addition, the Clinical Experience Program consists of preliminary courses in the pre-trial process, local rules, mock client interview, and practice with mock trials and oral arguments in Civil Litigation or Criminal Litigation. For field placements, students work with in-house attorneys in various specialty areas or extern with government officials, legal services agencies, and attorneys in North Carolina. Clinics may be taken by third-year students who receive 2 to 4 credit hours for their work. The Pro Bono Clinic offers many opportunities for second- and third-year students to volunteer in local special interest agencies and organizations. The law school offers approximately 15 seminar classes where the attendance is capped at 20 students. The seminars require 3 writing assignments in such classes as employment discrimination, critical race theory, and sexuality and the law. A number of internships with companies, judges, and practitioners are available. The law school is a member of an inter-institutional enrollment program that includes Duke University School of Law and University of North Carolina School of Law. The law school offers a General Externship Program for students to extern in specialty areas of the law. Placements must be approved by the Clinic Director and are available to second- and third-year students. There are also field components to the Domestic Violence, Criminal, and Civil clinics. An academic support program is available to students for assistance with specific academic needs, problems, and adjustment expectations. Tutorials in each first-year substantive course and selected upper-level courses are open to all interested students. In addition, the law school offers a noncredit writing laboratory for 1 hour every week in the fall and spring semesters. There are active student organizations for the Innocence Project, Sports and Entertainment Law, Public Interest Law, Intellectual Property, and many other areas. The most widely taken electives are the Clinical Program, Criminal Procedure, and Trial Practice.

To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 88 total credits, of which 59 are for required courses. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required courses. The following first-year courses are required of all students: Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Contracts I, Contracts II, Criminal Law, Legal Reasoning and Analysis, Legal Research and Persuasion, Property I, Property II, and Torts I. Required upper-level courses consist of Advanced Legal Writing I and II (Senior Writing Evening Program, Business Associations (Corporations Evening Program), Constitutional Law I, Decedents’ Estates, Evidence, Legal Letters (Day), N.C. Distinctions, Professional Responsibility, Sales and Secured Transactions, Senior Writing (Evening), and Taxation. Although not required, students are encouraged to enroll in the clinical program. There is a model law office that houses clinical facilities.The required orientation program for first-year students lasts 2 days and includes preenrollment seminars.

In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 2.0 and have completed the upper-division writing requirement.


One transfer enrolled. The median GPA of the most recent first-year class was 3.13.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and take the LSAT. The most important admission factors include academic achievement, motivations, and general background. No specific undergraduate courses are required. Candidates are not interviewed.

The application deadline for fall entry is March 31. Applicants should submit an application form, LSAT results, transcripts, a nonrefundable application fee of $40, and 2 letters of recommendation. Accepted students who intend to enroll must submit a non-refundable $100 tuition deposit, which is applied to the student’s first tuition payment. Notification of the admissions decision is on a rolling basis. The latest acceptable LSAT test date for fall entry is February. The law school uses the LSDAS.

Financial Aid

About 88% of current law students receive some form of aid. The average annual amount of aid from all sources combined, including scholarships, loans, and work contracts, is $17,822; maximum, $37,092. Awards are based on need and merit. Required financial statement is the FAFSA. The aid application deadline for fall entry is as soon as possible, but no later than June 30. Special funds for minority or disadvantaged students include Title III grants and scholarships. First-year students are notified about their financial aid application at time of acceptance.


About 59% of the student body are women; 49%, minorities; 42%, African American; 3%, Asian American; 3%, Hispanic; 1%, Native American; and 5%, Foreign National and unreported. The majority of students come from North Carolina (73%). The average age of entering students is 27; age range is 20 to 54. About 12% of students enter directly from undergraduate school and 13% have a graduate degree.

Students edit The North Carolina Central Law Journal and the Journal of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law. Moot court competitions include the J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Memorial Moot Court Competition; Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition; and the Ernest B. Fullwood Moot Court Competition. Other competitions include the Trial Advocacy Competition, National Trial Competition, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Trial Competition. Law student organizations include the Student Bar Association, Black Law Students Association, and the Public Interest Law Association. There are local chapters of Phi Alpha Delta and Phi Delta Phi. Other organizations include Women’s Caucus, Sports and Entertainment Law Association, and Outlaw Alliance.

The law school operates on a traditional semester basis. Courses for full-time students are offered days only and (some special elective classes may meet in the evening and must be completed within 3 years. For part-time students, courses are offered evenings only and must be completed within 4 years. New full- and part-time students are admitted in the fall. There are 2 5<1/2>-week summer sessions. Transferable summer courses are offered.

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