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2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Practical study, not very theory based except for the few exceptions like Con Law and Ethics. Several intra and inter-school competition. Moot Court, Bar Review, Multiple student organizations, Professors are easily available outside of class and interested in your personal life as well as academic

Admissions

Submitted 3 letters of recommendation, LSAT Scores of 152, 155, 157 (25, 50 and 75% respectively), Personal Statement, and Application required

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Lots of practical studies (but I focused on theory), constant use of the Socratic method, VERY competitive amongst the students, small to medium class sizes, lots of research opportunities, very rigorous grading, and some notable faculty; EXTREMELY demanding workload (most (if not all) exams are tested on memory (ie no use of outlines/notes/etc.).

Admissions

All of the above.

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Except for core classes (which were no more than 50 students) class sizes are small. Students are very competitive with each other. Had an opportunity to take Professor Richard A. Lord of Williston's for contracts. Heavy workload considering that finals are closed book unlike most other schools that allow notes to be taken into the exam.

Quality of Life

Since the move to Raleigh, the situation has been great. Campus and it's facilities are high quality. I live about 5 minutes away in a desirable location that is easy to commute to and from and not too expensive. Since the school is downtown there are issues with some homeless persons approaching students, but overall it feels pretty safe.

Admissions

Basic admissions application, but did have an interview with the the school

Level

3

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Very practical, small classes, plenty of research

Grading is horribly inconsistent based of class, never know what each professor is looking for, low median makes us look awful to employers when better institutions nearby have higher medians.

Quality of Life

Building is wonderful, amount of work is excessive for results.

Admissions

My undergraduate institution was closed for the Fall of 2005 due to a national disaster. I took three classes pass/fail at another institution, transferring my credits back to original school in the Fall. I received the credit hours, however they were not counted toward any majors as they were pass fail. However, after multiple attempts to explain this to the LSAC, they refused to take this into consideration, calculated my GPA separately from how my undergraduate institution, which lowered my overall GPA, despite the fact that my final transcript DID NOT SHOW THAT GPA.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The classes are rigorously taught using the Socratic method and/or professor lecture. At this school 90 hours of classes are required for graduation, and this school also has the most required classes. Furthermore, all of the required classes are done on a closed note closed book final exam that determines your entire grade.

Quality of Life

The facilities of this school are spectacular. Everything here is first rate.

Admissions

The admissions process was fairly standard, except for the fact that prospective students were given interviews by the faculty at the school.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

practical based teaching. socratic method. jurisdiction oriented

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Very competitive, class sizes are smaller, old school: socratic method, great faculty that open there door at anytime, very practical school. I have to work twice as hard as friends at nearby law schools.

Quality of Life

It's good, faculty very friendly and always available. Its just SO expensive.

Admissions

Pretty standard but wish there were more scholarship opportunities. I'm in the top 25% and don't get a dime. $30K a year plus living expenses is a huge burden.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2012

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

There aren't any computer labs now that the school has moved to downtown Raleigh. Crime and safety are a concern, but I believe the school has taken reasonable steps to provide a safe environment. There is a lack of dining options at the law school. There is only one coffee shop and it closes in the afternoon, meaning you have to leave campus for dinner or bring your own. The two courtrooms we are allowed to use are nice, and the library is extremely nice. The school has a much better relationship with the community now that we've moved to Raleigh, and as a result there are many more opportunities to interact with practicing lawyers. It is also nice that we are only a couple of blocks from the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. I was able to watch oral arguments at the Supreme Court a couple of months ago, which I would not have been able to do if the school were still located in Buies Creek.

Admissions

Application required recommendations, personal statement, and LSAT. I also had a lot of volunteer experience and work experience.

I was told there would be financial aid in the terms of grants and scholarships that were need based, but I haven't received ANY financial help from the school even though I am 100% self-sufficient and having to take out the full amount of student loans and work to be able to afford law school.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Socratic method, very demanding. The students in my section were not super competitive, but I know others were. Although I quite like the faculty, only a few are particularly notable.

Admissions

LSAC, essay, but it's pretty generic as I recall

Level

1

Graduation Year

2012

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The quality of most classes here is very poor. There are a number of teachers that have absolutely no knowledge of the subject matter that they are teaching. Other teachers are so old that they are burnt out and do a half-ass job of teaching. Most of the teaching is practical study. Very little theory is discussed. The Socratic method is heavily used. Students are berated by teachers. One student had to stand up for over 2 weeks straight in a class. Another student was told by the teacher that he (the student) made him (the teacher) want to kill himself because of the quality of his answers. Academic advising is non-existent. No one has offered any help in course selection. Class sizes are relatively small. The school is very competitive because of the lack of job opportunities. Students run into the building when the doors open during the exam period. Grading is done on a strict curve with a medium of 82. The grading scale makes everyone look terrible compared to students at other schools. Our top ranked students have averages only in the 91-93 range whereas those at other schools are at 97-99. Study abroad is not encouraged. The workload is ridiculous. After 1L year most classes are "2-hour" classes yet as much reading and work is given as 3-hour classes, if not more in some instances. I also haven't been able to pursue areas of the law that interest me because of the strict curriculum requirements and large number of required courses. It also looks bad in an interview when you try to tell an employer that you are interested in corporate law for example and they ask you why you wasted your time taking "Foundations" or "Criminal Procedure."

Quality of Life

Cost of living is relatively high because we are in a metropolitan area. I assume it would be cheaper if you lived in Durham and commuted to school. The facilities are brand new and excellent. The location is also excellent. Dining options aren't available. The area is relatively safe walking from the building to the parking lot at night. I wouldn't feel safe walking further down the block though.

Admissions

Apparently the admissions process was more selective this past year than it was in previous years. One major problem is that the majority of applicants come from UNC and NC State. Some very qualified people from these schools get denied in favor of less qualified students from schools like Queens College, etc who do very poorly.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

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