Law students rank second in N.C. with 92% bar passage rate

August 30, 2011 | Leave a Comment

RALEIGH – Campbell University ranks second among all North Carolina law schools for passage rates on the state bar exam for first-time test takers, according to the N.C. Board of Law Examiners.

Melissa Essary, dean of the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law, says Campbell enjoyed nearly a 92 percent passage rate, falling short of only Duke University, which came in first with a 100 percent passage rate. Campbell outperformed the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, North Carolina Central University, Elon University and Charlotte Law School for bar passage rates. With all of the schools combined, 82 percent of first-time exam takers in North Carolina passed the bar exam.

For the past 25 years, Campbell Law has remained solidly in first place among North Carolina law schools for passage rates on the North Carolina Bar Exam, Essary said.

“Campbell Law School’s history of exceptional bar passage rates in North Carolina is a reflection of both the level of expectation we set for our students and the level of dedication we receive from them,” she said. “We are proud of our curriculum, which challenges our students to push themselves above and beyond the efforts of a typical law student, and of our faculty, who continue to give us the most thoughtful, innovative and practice-ready lawyers in North Carolina.”

According to Sha Hinds-Glick, director of academic support and bar success at Campbell, the University does not have a for-credit class to study the bar exam, making its state ranking all the more impressive.

"Our consistent top rankings (are) a true testament to our culture and the commitment of our students, faculty and staff to produce top-notch attorneys,” Hinds-Glick said.