North Carolina Central University School of Law

North Carolina Central University School of Law

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North Carolina Central University School of Law is a historically black college in Durham. It was founded in 1939 as North Carolina College for Negroes, and at the time was the only option for African Americans in North Carolina who wanted a law degree. 

The school has come a long way since then. Today, most students are attracted to the school for is solid foundation in practical skills that prepare students to meet the needs of the marketplace. 

The public school has been one of the nations best values – with resident tuition below $20,000 a year. But the school has struggled with job placement and bar exam performance in recent years. For the Class of 2015, 82.25 percent passed the bar within the first four tries, a figure that is on the low side for the region. But the school's pass rate is higher than its incoming LSAT scores would otherwise predict —  by almost 10 percent. Still, employment is a weak spot, with only 78 percent for the class of 2017 landing jobs, and a modified employment rate of 51 percent. The modified rates is based on the quality of those jobs. 

The aim of its clinical legal program is to meet the needs of communities traditionally underserved by the legal profession. 

North Carolina Central University offers full-time and part-time programs. Part-timers generally have full-time jobs and attend law school three nights a week. Many of the students are the  first generation in their families to go to graduate and professional schools.

The school’s student-to-faculty ratio is lower than most other schools in the region.


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75th Percentile1493.53
25th Percentile1413.04
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$18,020$40,438
Living Expenses
Median grant$7543
Percent receiving grants55.00%
Estimated net tuition[field_estimated_net_tuition]
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 78.50%
NJ Employment[field_nj_employment_rate]
Bar Passage57.14%
Academic Profile
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Family Law/Child & Family
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