Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law placed second in the state out of the five schools that took the bar exam in February, according to the Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina. In the February 2005 results recently released, the law school's passage rate of 77 percent was 14 percent higher than third-place North Carolina Central University and nine percent lower than first-place Duke University. Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Total applicants taking the exam numbered 423 with 257 passing for a total passage rate of 61 percent. Of that total, Campbell students numbered 22, with 17 passing.Graduates of Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law have frequently led in passage rate on the North Carolina Bar Exam since the school's establishment in 1976, including a 100 percent passage rate in 1994, the first time all members of a graduating class accomplished that feat in North Carolina history.
"Although we always suffer with those who fail, we rejoice with those who pass," said Willis P. Whichard, dean of the school. "We are particularly pleased, after an aberration last summer, to again be in our accustomed place among the top two schools in the state in the bar passage rate of our graduates." The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law has an enrollment of approximately 360 students and enjoys a heritage derived from three distinct traditions-the noble tradition of the legal profession, the Christian tradition and the finer traditions of the rural South, such as friendliness and self-reliance. It strives to educate lawyers who are prepared to serve their communities with legal skills and ethical and intellectual leadership.