The School of Law at North Carolina Central University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Linda Sims
Application deadline March 31
Full-time program application fee $40
Part-time program application fee $40
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at North Carolina Central University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 21.3% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.20
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 148

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 20.1%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 145-151
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.91-3.47
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.19
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 148

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 13.5%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 147-158
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.08-3.62
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.33
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 151

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.L.S.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
NCCU offers 12 nationally recognized clinics; numerous externships; joint degree programs with the Business School and the School of Library & Information Sciences; Certificates from our Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Institute (BPLI), Dispute Resolution Institute, and in Constitutional Law & Civil Rights. The Law School offers study abroad in the Costa Rica BPLI Summer Program.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 99
Seminars 35
Positions available in seminars 667
Positions available in simulation courses 575
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 362
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Co-curricular competitions allow NCCU School of Law students to hone lawyering skills while earning academic credit. Trial advocacy, moot court, negotiation, mediation, and client counseling teams have received recognition through success at regional and national competitions. Two law reviews and 28 registered student organizations provide additional educational and programming opportunities.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 55
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 333
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 401
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 237
Full-time students involved in field placements 81
Full-time students involved in law journals 64
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 0
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 1

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 55
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 21
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 49
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 17
Part-time students involved in field placements 8
Part-time students involved in law journals 4
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 0
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 0

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 14.7:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 56
Full-time minority faculty 64.5%
Part-time minority faculty 52.0%
Total faculty 77
Total faculty (men) 35.1%
Total faculty (women) 64.9%
Total faculty (minorities) 59.7%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Law Schools

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#129 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#60 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.6
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.0
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.94-3.49
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.20
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 145-151
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 148
Acceptance rate 21.3% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 14.7:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 66.1% – Low
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 73.0% – Low
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NC
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.5%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 532

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 437

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 95

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 12.4%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.6%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 4.5%
Female students discontinuing law school 4.5%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director R.S. Douglas
Financial aid phone (919) 530-6365
Financial aid application deadline July 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $10,415 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $24,343 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $10,415 per year (in-state)
Part-time: $24,343 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $10,173
Books $1,500
Miscellaneous expenses $1,100
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 39.6%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 14.9%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 13.3%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 9.2%
Median grant amount $6,253
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $4,200–$9,964
Full-time students receiving grants 76.9%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 10.5%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $2,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $200–$2,000
Part-time students receiving grants 10.5%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $70,120
Proportion who borrowed 71.3%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 43,651
Microform titles 60,575
Electronic titles 343,132
Other non-book titles 860
Total titles 448,218
Volumes (excluding microforms) 170,826
Volume equivalent microforms 246,026
Total volumes and volume equivalents 416,852
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 100
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 83
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 30
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 74
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 7
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 0

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 6
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 20
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 25
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 92
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 33,152
Total seats available for library users 325
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The recently renovated School of Law contains state-of-the-art classrooms, moot courtrooms, and a telepresence room. The library provides two stories of space for individual and collaborative study, including the light-filled reading room with shaker-styled seating for intense study and soft seating for short study breaks, seven high-tech study rooms for groups, and carrels for private study.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NC
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 73.0% – Low
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 77.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 168
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 66.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown N/A
Graduates whose employment status is known N/A
Graduates known to be employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work N/A

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 26.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 73.8%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 66.1%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 4.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.6%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary N/A
Median private sector starting salary $60,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary N/A
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 25%
Median public service starting salary $40,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.9%
Percent employed in business and industry 18.0%
Percent employed in government 21.6%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 1.8%
Percent employed in law firms 42.3%
Percent employed in public interest 5.4%
Percent employed in an unknown field 9.9%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 94%
Graduates employed out-of-state 5.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 11
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 93.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The CSO offers a range of career planning and development services, inlcuding career counseling, resume workshops, interview preparation, job postings, on-campus recruitment, information sessions, repuation management, and panel discussions on legal careers. Graduates find employment in law firms, corporations, government agencies, public interest organizations, the judiciary, and the military.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 64.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions N/A
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 20.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions N/A
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 12.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 3.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A

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