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 public law school located in Durham, North Carolina. Founded in 1939, it is the first public law school in North Carolina and the oldest historically black college or university (HBCU) to have a law school. It offers both full-time and part-time JD programs, as well as LLM degrees in Civil Rights and Social Justice, Business Law, and Intellectual Property Law. The school also offers dual degree programs with other universities. The faculty at NCCU School of Law consists of more than 50 full-time professors who are dedicated to providing students with an excellent education in a supportive environment. NCCU School of Law has consistently been ranked among the top ten HBCUs for its commitment to diversity and inclusion among its student body and faculty. The school has a strong commitment to providing access to justice for underserved populations through its clinical programs, research centers, and pro bono activities.

This page focuses on national rankings, acceptance rates, program costs, and merit-based scholarships of North Carolina Central University School of Law, an accredited law program in the United States.

Motto: Truth and Service
Parent school: North Carolina Central University
Established: 1939
School type: Public, HBCU
Dean: Browne C. Lewis
Location: Durham, North Carolina ยท U.S.
Enrollment: 364 (full-time), 212 (part-time)
Faculty: 30 (full-time), 74 (total)

Ranking: North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University School of Law is ranked highly among law schools in the United States. According to U.S. News & World Report, it is ranked at #159 out of 203 ABA-accredited law schools in the country. This ranking places NCCU law school in the top 75th percentile of all American law schools. The school also has a strong acceptance rate of 55%, which is higher than many other ABA-accredited law schools around the country. Additionally, it boasts a bar passage rate of 79%, and a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, which is lower than most other comparable institutions in the United States. NCCU Law School also ranks highly for its affordability, with an annual tuition and fees total that is significantly lower than many other law schools across the nation. This makes it an ideal choice for students who are looking for an affordable and quality legal education.

Top Law Schools of 2020
Score N/A
Peer assessment score (5.0 highest) 1.6
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (5.0 highest) 2.1
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.02-3.4
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 144-150
Overall acceptance rate 22.6%
Student/faculty ratio 17.5
Graduates employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 83.3%
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers 82.1%
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NC
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 75.8%

Tuition & Scholarships: North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University School of Law offers a number of tuition and scholarship options to help students fund their legal education. The school’s base tuition rate for the 2020-2021 academic year is $19,000 for full-time students and $9,500 for part-time students. The school also offers a variety of merit scholarships ranging from $2,000 to full tuition. These scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service to the community and financial need. Additionally, the school offers several loan options, including federal and private loans. For those in need of additional financial assistance, the school’s Office of Financial Aid provides support services such as budgeting and debt management counseling. Furthermore, North Carolina Central University School of Law has developed relationships with several external organizations that provide grants and scholarships to law students. These include organizations such as the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and the American Bar Association (ABA).

Financial Aid Office Information
Financial aid application deadline 07/01
Financial aid director R.S. Douglas
Financial aid telephone (919) 530-7173
2019-2020 Expenses
Tuition In-state, full-time: $6,856 per year, part-time: $6,856 per year; Out-of-state, full-time: $18,956 per year, part-time: $18,956 per year
Room and board $17,500
Books $2,200
Miscellaneous expenses $600
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
2019 Grants
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 12.5%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 3.3%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of full tuition 10.6%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
25th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $1,857
Median grant amount of aid per full-time recipient (50th percentile) $3,714
75th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $5,571
25th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient N/A
Median grant amount of aid per part-time recipient (50th percentile) N/A
75th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient N/A
Indebtedness
Average indebtedness of 2019 graduates who incurred law school debt $75,000
Proportion who borrowed 100.0%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2019 J.D. graduates? No

North Carolina Central University School of Law