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North Carolina Central University School of Law


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Contact Information

640 Nelson Street
Durham, NC 27707

Phone: 919.530.6333
Fax: 919.530.6030
Email: recruiter@nccu.edu
Website: law.nccu.edu
ABA Data: law.nccu.edu/students/career-services/employment-information-2/

Introduction

Keeping with the motto of the university, which is “Truth and Service,” the mission of North Carolina Central University School of Law is to provide a challenging and broad-based educational program designed to stimulate intellectual inquiry of the highest order, and to foster in each student a deep sense of professional responsibility and personal integrity so as to produce competent and socially responsible members of the legal profession.

Founded in 1939 to provide an opportunity for a legal education to African Americans, the School of Law now provides this opportunity to one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. It is through this diverse and challenging environment that we prepare our students to effect positive change in the broader society.

The School of Law has been accredited by the North Carolina State Bar Council and the ABA since 1950. Today, NCCU School of Law remains one of the most affordable and diverse law schools in the country. The School of Law offers two programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree: a full-time day program and the oldest ABA-accredited part-time evening program between Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, DC. Additionally, the School of Law participates in an interinstitutional agreement with Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that permits students to enroll in electives at any member law school without an increase in tuition.

Library, Facilities, and Technology

The law library provides access to print and electronic information resources in support of the law school's curriculum, programs, organizations, and scholarship. Users have direct access to over 390,000 volumes of legal materials, as well as access to resources from surrounding academic research libraries through our participation in the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN).

The law library provides a wide variety of spaces for students and faculty to engage in collaborative work, quiet study, and innovative research. The first floor of the library includes a light-filled reading room, soft seating, and space for collaborative study. The second floor contains modern study carrels and soft seating for individual study as well as seven group study rooms. Much of the library has been retrofitted with electrical outlets for improved computer use.

Special Academic Programs

  • Joint-Degree Options—There are five joint-degree programs available to Day Program students: the JD/MBA Program for students who are interested in a career in law and business; the JD/MLS Program for students who are interested in a career in law librarianship; the JD/MPA Program for students who are interested in careers in both the public sector and the law; the JD/MBA in History Program for students who are interested in studying law and its relationship to the world of social movements, economic change, politics, and government; and the JD/MPP Program with Duke University for students who are interested in a career involving public policy and law. All of the joint-degree programs allow students to simultaneously pursue two degrees. Students must apply and be accepted to each component of a joint-degree program separately.
  • Evening Program—The Evening Program is a four-year, year-round program that offers a unique opportunity for motivated professionals to pursue a legal education while maintaining their current daytime work commitments.
  • Academic Success Program—The Academic Success Program is available to assist students with the rigors of law school. Through the tutorial program, workshops, one-on-one guidance, and readily available resources, all students have access to information that will enable them to become effective and successful law students.
  • Faculty Advising Program—Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who is available to discuss questions or problems related to the law school experience, career choices, and personal problems that may affect academic performance. Faculty advisors also advise students on class schedules and monitor their progress toward graduation.
  • Clinical Legal Education Program—The award-winning Clinical Legal Education Program is highly rated. It operates year-round from a state-of-the-art model law office. The program offers as many as 14 innovative clinical experiences that provide law students with the opportunity to gain practical skills in an area of law that interests them. It is one of the most comprehensive programs of any law school in the state. In-house clinical professors teach skills courses and supervise clinical students who represent real clients with real legal issues.
  • Invest in Success Program—This bar preparation program assists graduates with developing the skills needed to write a passing essay answer for the North Carolina and other State bar examinations. Invest in Success has two principal components: substantive lectures and essay practice sessions. The substantive lectures focus on subjects frequently tested on bar examinations. The essay practice sessions give participants the opportunity to answer essay questions covering a variety of bar-tested subjects and receive individual feedback on their responses. The program is available to those who are taking either a July or February bar examination.
  • Institutes—The School of Law offers concentrated training through our Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI) and new Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI). DRI offers professional certificate training, clinics, and courses. IPLI offers IP clinics, specialty courses, and publishes the student-run Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Review.
  • Certificates—Upon completion of specified requirements, students may earn a certificate in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law, Dispute Resolution, Justice in the Practice of Law, or Tax Law.

Admission

Admission to the School of Law is competitive, with approximately 900 applicants competing for approximately 180 to 190 seats in the Day Program and 40 to 45 seats in the Evening Program. Students are admitted for the fall semester only, on a rolling admission basis. Applicants are evaluated for admission based on a range of attributes including academic achievement, performance on the LSAT, personal and professional experiences, intelligence and reasoning ability, individuality of thought and creativity, initiative and motivation, judgment and maturity, oral and written communication skills, integrity, leadership ability, and their potential contribution to the legal profession.

Because it is presumed that Evening Program students will have full-time employment, the Admissions Committee places greater weight on the quantifiable performance predictors for applicants to the Evening Program.

Electronic applications for admission are accepted from October 1 through March 31 via our website or LSAC.org.

Please Note: Prospective applicants should view the School of Law website for more information regarding our programs.

Performance-Based Admission Program (PBAP)

As part of its commitment to the school’s mission, North Carolina Central University School of Law offers prospective students the opportunity to gain admission through its Performance-Based Admission Program (PBAP). This program enables applicants, whose numerical predictors fall below the presumptively admissible range, to demonstrate their ability through a rigorous noncredit program that lasts two weeks.

Participation in this program is based upon factors identified in a student’s application, and selections are made by the Faculty Admissions Committee. The committee’s decisions are based upon a number of factors including, but not limited to, a history of below-average standardized test scores along with demonstrated academic achievement, work experience, and a significant time lapse between the undergraduate degree and law school application.

Students who successfully complete PBAP are then offered admission to School of Law’s Day or Evening Programs.

Student Organizations

  • The North Carolina Central Law Review is devoted to a broad range of legal topics submitted by legal scholars, attorneys, and law students. Students are selected for membership based upon GPA and performance in the annual Law Review Writing Competition. The School of Law also has the student-run Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Law Review. The Environmental Law Reporter is a school-sponsored, student-published journal that provides valuable experience in reading, researching, and writing about current issues in environmental law with a focus on environmental justice.
  • The Moot Court Board consists of upper-class students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in appellate skills.
  • The Trial Advocacy Board consists of student teams who participate in mock jury trial competitions. The board has gained regional and national recognition for its excellence in trial advocacy.
  • Other student organizations include the Black Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society, Environmental Law Society, Hispanic Law Student Association, Innocence Project, African Law Students Association, OutLaw Alliance, Public Interest Law Organization, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Women’s Caucus, and various legal fraternities.

Career Services

The Office for Career Services provides a variety of services and programming to assist students and alumni with their career goals. Services include individual counseling, group counseling (when requested), résumé and cover letter reviews, application package reviews, a monthly newsletter, and interview preparation. Programming selections typically fall under either career education or professional development. The career education programming provides opportunities for students to learn about practice areas and ways to use their law degree. The professional development programs emphasize law students’ growth as legal professionals. The signature program for the Office is “Pathways to Success,” which showcases law alumni and what they have done to become successful—recognizing that success is determined by a variety of measures.

Students participate in career fairs and interview programs locally, statewide, regionally, and nationally. There are also two annual career fairs and interview programs hosted at the School: JAG/military and Public Interest Law Careers.

Alumni work in a variety of practice and employment settings across the country and have seen great success in state and federal courtrooms; in the corporate boardrooms as corporate and in-house counsel for large corporations; in local, state, and federal government positions; as JAG Corps officers; on the state and federal bench as judges and law clerks; in higher education as administrators and faculty; and in sports and entertainment.

Financial Aid

For information about financial aid, please visit Financial Assistance.

Tuition and Expenses

NCCU School of Law provides one of the most cost-effective legal educations in the country. For information on tuition, fees, and expenses, please visit Tuition/Fees/Expenses or contact Student Accounting at 919.530.5071.

Housing

Limited on-campus housing is available for single law students. Please contact:

Department of Residential Life
North Carolina Central University
PO Box 19382
Durham, NC 27707

Phone: 919.530.6227

Applicant Profile

Prior to 2016, Applicant Profile Grids contained data for fall applicants only. The grids now include applicants who were admitted for all terms in academic year 2016. By comparing your LSAT score and GPA with those of the admitted applicants whose data is reflected on this grid, you can get a general sense of your competitiveness at this school.

Note:

  1. Law schools consider many other factors beyond the LSAT score and GPA.
  2. The data in the grid is from a previous application year and may not reflect fluctuations in applicant volume that affect admission decisions.
  3. The data includes deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “admitted applicants who were granted a postponed enrollment for a subsequent term.”
  GPA    
LSAT
Score
3.75+
Apps
3.75+
Adm
3.50–
3.74 Apps
3.50–
3.74 Adm
3.25–
3.49 Apps
3.25–
3.49 Adm
3.00–
3.24 Apps
3.00–
3.24 Adm
2.75–
2.99 Apps
2.75–
2.99 Adm
2.50–
2.74 Apps
2.50–
2.74 Adm
2.25–
2.49 Apps
2.25–
2.49 Adm
2.00–
2.24 Apps
2.00–
2.24 Adm
Below 2.00
Apps
Below 2.00
Adm
No GPA
Apps
No GPA
Adm
Total
Apps
Total
Adm
175–180 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
170–174 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
165–169 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
160–164 4 3 1 1 1 1 4 4 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 12
155–159 2 2 10 10 7 7 8 7 10 7 4 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 45 37
150–154 6 6 13 13 27 22 18 17 19 15 7 3 9 2 7 1 2 0 0 0 108 79
145–149 9 9 26 24 37 36 42 37 40 23 21 6 19 0 6 1 3 0 4 1 207 137
140–144 12 12 31 29 44 41 51 26 54 10 35 2 27 2 12 0 3 1 4 0 273 123
135–139 3 2 16 12 15 6 29 6 32 2 20 0 13 0 9 0 3 0 1 0 141 28
130–134 0 0 2 2 11 2 3 0 8 0 10 0 10 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 50 4
125–129 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
120–124 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 36 34 100 92 146 116 157 97 166 59 101 15 83 5 41 2 13 1 10 1 853 422

Apps = Number of Applicants
Adm = Number Admitted
Reflects 99% of the total applicant pool; highest LSAT data reported.