North Carolina has a wide array of options for pursuing a law degree, but the differences between the American Bar Association accredited schools are significant and you'll want to know what you're getting into before you start your studies. North Carolina law schools include a top ranked university, a Christian school, a historically black law school, and a school that is assailed for its admission practices, among others. The following article provides an overview of the North Carolina law school options with some relevant observations that can help you find the school that best meets your educational needs.
North Carolina Law Schools
Campbell University Norman A. Wiggins School of Law -- Campbell Law is a small private law school that offers a "Christian perspective" on law and justice. If this seems appealing, you may also be interested in the school's dual degree program that enables students to earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and a Master of Divinity degree concurrently over five years of study.
Charlotte School of Law -- Charlotte Law is a private college that is currently under ABA probation on account of admissions policies that appeared to pay little attention to the potential for applicants to ultimately pass the bar and obtain admission to practice. This resulted in a high percentage of dropouts and a low bar passage rate. The school has also lost its ability to participate in federal student loan programs. Lawsuits have been filed by current and former students alleging fraud.
Duke University School of Law -- Duke Law is a top ranked school that appears within the top 10 law schools nationally according to the annual rankings published by U.S. News & World Report. This stellar reputation doesn't come cheaply. Admission is highly competitive and Duke has the most expensive law program in the state.
Elon University School of Law -- Elon Law is just a little over a decade old. Located in Greensboro, the school houses a working courtroom, the North Carolina Business Court, and cultivates strong relationships with other academic programs and businesses in the area.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law -- Carolina Law is ranked among the top 50 law schools in the nation and has received recognition for its value as a legal education, though a more than 70 percent increase in tuition in recent years means that this may no longer be the case. The school remains the oldest law school in the state, however, and nearly 40 percent of practicing attorneys in North Carolina got their degree at Carolina Law.
North Carolina Central University School of Law -- NCCU Law is the most affordable option for a law degree in North Carolina. Originally a "College for Negroes," NCCU's program was created to provide a "separate but equal" opportunity to study the law. The school continues to produce more African-American graduates than any other North Carolina school, though they now admit applicants of all races.
Wake Forest University School of Law -- Wake Forest Law's national ranking is comparable to Carolina Law's, though it is considerably more expensive. The school is also much smaller, with more a class size more than a third the size of Carolina Law's.
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Having determined which North Carolina law school is right for you, you'll be able to move onto other important considerations, such as how to study for classes, prepare for exams, and choose elective courses. At each step you'll need information that can help you make informed decisions for yourself. You'll find articles and links on these and other relevant topics at FindLaw for Law Students to help you find your way through law school and beyond.