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4.3 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Very Socratic and extremely competitive. Class size averages around 40 students, some bigger than that if it's a combined class, but some smaller than that, too. Graded on bell curve with median sitting at 82.

Quality of Life

No on-campus housing. Brand new facilities--nicer than any law school I've ever seen. Security guards on-site. In the heart of downtown Raleigh, so close to the capitol, NC Supreme Court, and the Wake County courthouse.

Admissions

Admissions process is pretty standard, but the selectiveness has definitely increased with the school's move to Raleigh.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2012

4.3 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Practical and mostly socratic, medium to small classes, not competitive, ridiculously hard grading, notable faculty, unmanageable workload

Quality of Life

low cost of living, awesome facilities, great community relations, safe, overall way overworked

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

4.3 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The professors require a lot of the students. But then, our students consistently rank at #1 on the bar passage rate. We aren't allowed to take our exams "open book" like other law school. We have to know it from memory. It's a weeding out process. We've lost around 15+ people from my class since 1L year.

Quality of Life

Good

Admissions

I came in through the Performanced Based Admissions Programs (PBAP). It was a great experience. Out of a total of 55+ candidates, only 10 of us made it through the program. It had the added benefit of giving us a jump on all of those who were admitted under regular admissions. I'm glad that this is a school which allows prospective students to prove themselves in person, rather than dismissing them based on their appearance on paper.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

4.3 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Socratic method, everyday in almost every class. Practical study is key but also foundation of theory is intertwined.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2012

4.3 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Quality of classes are great; Practical study is emphasized, but theory is incorporated as well; Class sizes are fairly small (large classes: ~75; small classes: ~15); Grading is anonymous (with few exceptions) and fair; Workload is strenuous and challenging

Quality of Life

Cost of living is not too high (Raleigh, NC); Campus is new and very nice; Library is very nice; Two moot courtrooms; NC Business Court, Wake County Division is housed in our law school building; Law school is located in downtown Raleigh; Overall, I am very happy with the school and my choice to attend here

Admissions

Median LSAT: 156; Median GPA: 3.37; Personal statement required (~2 pages); Personal interviews used to be required (unsure if they still are); Financial aid is available; Scholarship opportunities are available, but only to the top candidates

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

4.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

very competitive, practical, socratice for 1st year, heavy work load

Admissions

essay, LSAT, resume, application, interviews, financial aid

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

4.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

This is where you want to go if you want to graduate law school trained to be a lawyer! Our curriculum is unique in that the first two years we have all required courses (with opportunities for electives second and third years). Like most law schools we have only one final exam for each class that determines 100% of your final grade (with the exception of legal writing and research for which you have several assignments). Unlike most schools we DO NOT have open book exams, and we have exams for EVERY class. Socratic method is a staple here, especially in the first semester courses. Expect to be drilled by your professors in prepartion for the fiercest judge one might encounter.
They certainly do not give grades away here, grading on a curve for each class on a 7-point scale, 82 being the median. Our faculty is exceptional, having professors who write nationally known treatises on Contracts (Williston) and Property (Webster), with opportunities to work on these treatises to the students in the top of their class.
As far as competition is concerned, I would say it is more individually competitive. I have not seen the cut-throat mentality here that I have heard about at other schools, and I have seen generally that people will go out of their way to help you here.

Admissions

The application entailed the typical application form, a personal statement about why we decided to come to law school and how we would increase the overall diversity of the school. Additionally I believe the average LSAT was a 156 and the average GPA was a 3.2. Scholarships were given based on the general application, so there was no separate ability to apply for scholarships.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012

4.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Classes range from 10-100 students. The socratic method is used all 3 years, but more intensely during the first year. Most classes are practical study. Academics are extremely competitive. Every class is graded according to a bell curve with the average of the class falling between a 78-82. The workload is about 5 hours of study outside of class per day during the week and around 7 hours a day on the weekends. There are study abroad opportunities, although I have not taken advantage of them.

Quality of Life

I live in downtown Raleigh for a reasonable amount. The school is brand new and the facilities are amazing. We have already built up good community relations with the Raleigh community. Overall I am very happy with the law school.

Admissions

Generalapplication process.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2011

4.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

everything standard except some students have interviews

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

4.2 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The class sizes are small giving more professor-student interaction. It is very competitive with a strong use of the socratic method. The program is very practical with a strong emphasis on trial advocacy and client-laywer interaction.

Quality of Life

We have a brand new building this year two blocks from the Supreme Court of NC. We have a cafe in the building and a two story library.

Admissions

Require a strong work ethic demonstrated either by a high GPA or a high LSAT. An interview is required for all applicants and grading if much more strict than other schools to ensure quality attorneys.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

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