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North Carolina Central University (School of Law)

The School of Law is located on the campus of North Carolina Central University at the corner of Cecil Street and South Alston Avenue in the Albert L. Turner Building. The Albert L. Turner Building is a 87,672 sq. ft. four-story brick structure recently renovated and expanded.

The newly renovated Albert Turner Law Building contains several state-of-the art moot courtrooms, an expanded model law office, five classrooms and a new administrative wing. The Law School has a total of 10 class and Seminar rooms. Three (3) high tech smart classrooms with seating capacities of 126, 123 and 80; three (3) high tech smart court rooms, with seating capacities of 139, 28 and 18; two (2) distant learning classrooms, and two (2) high tech smart seminar rooms.

The Law Library contains over 280,000 volumes and volume equivalents of research and will provide a comfortable environment for study and research. The ground floor of the building contains individual offices for student organizations, such as the Law Journal and the Student Bar Association, and a student lounge and canteen/vending area. There are two fully-equipped computer labs. Wireless connection is available throughout the building. The newly-constructed "great hall" allows the Law School one of the major focal points of the building and will allow the Law School to comfortably host continuing legal education workshops and other learning seminars and special events.

The mission of the 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.

In achieving this mission, the Law School subscribes to the following joint statement of the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, and the Law School Admissions Council: [A] student body that is diverse with respect to sex, ethnicity and race, and economic, educational and experiential backgrounds is essential to a quality legal education. Ours is a diverse society, and thus law students, before entering the legal profession, must obtain both a wide range of perspectives concerning the impact of law on various segments of our population, and a deeper understanding of law and justice in this increasingly complex society.

This statement is particularly poignant for a law school founded to educate African-Americans. In keeping with its historical role, an important aspect of the Law School's mission is to attract capable persons from diverse backgrounds who are committed to public service and to meeting the needs of people and communities that are underserved by or that are under-represented in the legal profession.

North Carolina Central University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran's status, sexual orientation or lifestyle, or disability. Moreover, North Carolina Central University is open to people of all races and actively seeks to promote racial integration by recruiting and enrolling a larger number of white students.

North Carolina Central University School of Law is a student-oriented place of learning. The School of Law seeks students who are more likely to contribute affirmatively to the learning of others by reason of their intellectual attainments, demonstrated emotional maturity and self-discipline, oral ability, and capacity to benefit from the school's educational program. Applicants who individually have overcome economic, societal or educational obstacles make a very important contribution to the diversity of the student body and serve as role models of achievement. These factors have been shown to be important predictors of success. Applicants selected for admission bring to the School of Law many attributes, including academic credentials, personal and professional experiences, strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, strong writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities, organizational and time management skills, general research skills and the desire to promote justice and serve others.

The School of Law does not prescribe or endorse any particular pre-law course of study. Our students come from diverse disciplines such as English, philosophy, medicine, dentistry, history, environmental studies, economics, criminal justice, public administration, political science, accounting, music, psychology, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and biology.

Admission to the School of Law is competitive. Approximately 2,000 applicants compete for approximately 150-180 seats in the Day Program, and 35-40 seats in the Evening Program. Students are admitted only for the fall semester. Since we believe that applicants are more than just numbers, selection for admission is based upon a thorough evaluation of all factors in an applicant's file: Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score(s) and writing sample, undergraduate and graduate school grades, recommendations and the personal statement. Careful consideration is given to an applicant's professional experience, volunteer or community service, unusual achievements, special circumstances, honors, economic hardship, undergraduate degree, undergraduate college, graduate degree, graduate school, and grade trends. 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.

The School of Law communicates with applicants primarily by mail and e-mail. Therefore, it is imperative that applicants keep the Office of Admissions informed of their current mailing and e-mail addresses. Applicants should immediately notify the Office of Admissions, in writing, of any address changes or other changes that may affect the admissions decision.

North Carolina Central University School of Law offers a conditional admissions program, the Performance-Based Admission Program (PBAP), for a approximately thirty-five applicants whose credentials do not qualify them for unconditional admission but whose records nonetheless show promise of success. Applicants selected for this program have an opportunity to gain admission for the fall semester through their performance in a two-week, non-credit summer program.

North Carolina Central University School of Law offers two programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree: a full-time Day Program and a part-time Evening Program. Twenty-eight (28) full-time professors, clinical instructors, and administrators, including 18 women and 18 minorities, work with a number of distinguished adjunct and visiting professors to teach approximately 480 students in both programs. Students who have attended the Law School range in age from twenty to sixty-five and have diverse education and socio-economic backgrounds and professional experiences.

As an 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 to bring a prominent civil rights law professor to the School of Law to lecture in the areas of constitutional and civil rights law. Professor Robert Belton of Vanderbilt University School of Law held this position during the 1997-1998 academic year. Professor Jerome Culp of Duke University School of law held the position in 1999. Renowned civil rights lawyer, Fred David Gray, who served as legal counsel to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Montgomery bus boycott, held this Chair during the 2000-2001 academic year.

The School of Law curriculum is challenging and intellectually demanding. It prepares the student to be an effective member of the legal profession, whether as a practicing attorney, member of the judiciary, or other legal professional in government, business, or education. The curriculum includes a writing program in each of the three years of full-time law study or four years of part-time law study, focusing on general legal writing, appellate writing, and advocacy writing. At North Carolina Central University School of Law, every student is offered an opportunity to become thoroughly grounded in the fundamentals of the law. The curriculum does not focus on the legal rules of any particular jurisdiction. As is true for most law schools, instruction is based on national materials and casebooks. Important North Carolina distinctions are also discussed. Emphasis is placed on the development of good legal analytical skills that are useful in any career choice.

Elective courses are subject to change. From time to time, the School of Law offers courses that draw on the special interests and talents of faculty members and uniquely qualified adjunct professors. Not all electives are offered each year. In the Evening Program, elective course offerings are more limited due to the smaller size of the Evening Program. Electives are generally offered in the summer sessions.

The Clinical Program is designed to equip law students with practical skills training through representation of real clients with real legal issues. The clinical experiences currently offered at the School of Law are Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation, Family Law, Business
Development and Planning, Juvenile Law Clinic, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. The Clinical Program consists of a required classroom
component, and an internship or field placement component. During the classroom component, students enhance their understanding of
the rules of evidence and procedure, and continue to refine their written and oral advocacy skills. Relevant simulations and exercises challenge students to perform under the pressures confronted by a practicing attorney.

In the Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation Clinics, after studying legal theory, rules of evidence, rules of civil or criminal procedure, and case law in the classroom component, in the second half of his or her clinical experience, a student may opt to practice law under the supervision of a licensed attorney during an internship or field placement. Students are placed with judges, law enforcement officials,
district attorneys, public defenders, legal services offices, and North Carolina attorneys in private practice. This hands-on experience is an excellent opportunity for students to gain self-confidence and to acquire the technical expertise to practice law.

Information Technology Services is responsible for technology in the Law School. The Law School operates in an IBM PC compatible environment with both wired and wireless access to the Law School network and the Internet. The technology staff supports faculty, staff and students in a seamless integration of technology throughout the Law School community. Some of the services provided are: electronic resource access, e-mail accounts, Internet access, scanning, audiovisual services, photocopying, and hardware installation and trouble shooting.

The computer lab houses 25 networked computers, Lexis and Westlaw dedicated printers, a scanner and a networked laser printer for word processing, legal research, scanning. Each computer provides access to the Library's online catalog and electronic resources, Corel Office Suite 12 and Microsoft Office 2003.

The technology staff assists students, staff and faculty with the use of LCD and overhead projection, VCR and DVD recording of classroom and special events. Videotape and DVD recordings are cataloged.

The IT staff maintains smartboard technology in each of its (9) classrooms, each classroom is equipped with: a networked computer with internet access, a DVD player and recorder, a VCR recorder, a Document camera, and ceiling mounted LCD projectors and screens.

Printing to the networked laser printers and jobs sent to Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw printers are currently free of charge. Currently students will receive 1000 free copies and are charged five cents for each additional copy.

Students and faculty with laptops may connect to the Law School server and may have Internet access by the wireless connection available throughout the Law School. The NCCU Law School computing staff is not responsible for diagnosing or repairing technical problems students are have with their laptops.

The NCCU School of Law is one of the most diverse Law Schools in the nation. Our students come from varied states and undergraduate institutions, and range greatly in age and prior work experience. Students share unique talents, interests, skills, goals and stories, enriching the lives of each other and the atmosphere of School of Law. In addition to receiving a rigorous and stimulating classroom experience, North Carolina Central University School of Law students have the opportunity to enhance their educational experience by participating in co-curricular activities and student organizations On-campus and off-campus co-curricular activities and competitions allow NCCU School of Law students to develop and hone verbal and practical skills.

Our multi-talented and diverse faculty at North Carolina Central University School of Law is dedicated to preparing its graduates to enter the legal profession. Twenty-five full-time professors, clinical instructors, administrators, and a number of distinguished adjunct and visiting professors, teach in our full-time Day Program and part-time Evening Program.

Our multi-talented and diverse faculty at North Carolina Central University School of Law is dedicated to preparing its graduates to enter the legal profession. Twenty-five full-time professors, clinical instructors, administrators, and a number of distinguished adjunct and visiting professors, teach in our full-time Day Program and part-time Evening Program.

The School of Law assists students in seeking employment through its Career Services Office. The Career Services Office offers career planning and placement services to all students and alumni. Because each of the constituencies presents unique credentials, experiences, and geographic and practice preferences, one-on-one meetings between the Director of Career Services and the student best facilitate assessing options, refining goals, and developing job search strategies.

Career planning and placement services include workshops and seminars on resume preparation, interviewing techniques and job search strategies, as well as an on-campus interview program. Prior to the beginning of each semester, the Career Services Office invites employers from across the country to interview students for both part-time and full-time summer and permanent positions. These employers include small, medium and large law firms, corporations, state and federal government agencies, public interest organizations, judges, district attorneys, public defenders and military judge advocate general's corps. Employers who are unable to visit our campus are invited to request resumes from students and to interview off-campus as a part of our resume collection program. In addition, part-time and full-time summer, temporary and permanent job announcements are posted to the students. We also maintain an employer resume bank, which is updated annually.

Each year, our students have the opportunity to participate in a number of job fairs. The Southeastern Minority Job Fair, held in Atlanta, Georgia, affords students the opportunity to interview with approximately 120 employers from across the country. The Equal Justice Works Job Fair, held annually in Washington, D.C., provides an opportunity to interview with approximately 75 public interest employers from across the country. Another popular job fair in which students participate is the North Carolina Small Employer Job Fair, held each year in a western and eastern location in the state. Additional job fairs to which students are invited include the Dupont Minority Job Fair, the Delaware Minority Job Fair, the Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair, and the CyberLaw Recruitment Conference.

The School of Law participates in two special placement programs. The North Carolina State Bar Plan for Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) sponsors summer internships for five students to work with a public interest organization in North Carolina. During these internships, students work with persons who are unable to afford legal counsel. This program helps to lay the foundation for commitment to public service. The other special placement program is the North Carolina Bar Association's Minorities in the Profession Committee Minority Summer Law Clerkship Program. This program seeks to enhance the opportunities for minorities to obtain summer clerkships with major law firms in the state.

School name:North Carolina Central UniversitySchool of Law
Address:1512 S. Alston Avenue
Zip & city:NC 27707 North Carolina

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