Charlotte School of Law

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Charlotte School of Law
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Established

2006

ABA Provisional Accreditation: 2008

Full ABA Accreditation: 2011
Type For-Profit Law School
Dean Jay Conison[1]
Academic staff 100+
Students 1200+
Location Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Campus Urban
Website http://www.charlottelaw.edu

Charlotte School of Law (Charlotte Law), located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a professional graduate school. The School confers two law degrees and is partnered with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, to help students earn dual degrees. According to Charlotte's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 30.3% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[2] Charlotte Law is part of the InfiLaw System.

History[edit]

Charlotte School of Law received full accreditation by the American Bar Association on June 10, 2011. The Council determined that the school is in full compliance with the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools.

Campus[edit]

Charlotte School of Law is located on South College Street in Uptown Charlotte. The building contains classrooms, library, offices, and bookstore. The law library is open to the general public and carries more than 122,000 titles in its collection. The collection includes U.S. statutes, regulations, and case law (decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Circuit Courts of Appeal, and U.S. district courts). The library also has an extensive collection of North Carolina and South Carolina digests, encyclopedias, practice guides, and continuing legal education materials.

Academics[edit]

The curriculum builds on analytical legal reasoning, skills development, and professional and ethical considerations. The School offers practice-based simulations and real-world practice experiences under the guidance of attorneys. A typical full-time student enrolls in five courses per semester and can complete the J.D. program in three years. In addition to classes, students must complete 50 hours of pro bono service and 10 hours of community service prior to graduation. Students who are studying for the bar exam may enroll in the Carolinas Distinctions program, a two-credit elective course, focusing on issue spotting, analysis, organization and time management for the bar exam.

Charlotte School of Law has partnered with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, to offer several dual degree programs. Students can earn both a Juris Doctor and a Master’s degree in real estate, accountancy, business administration, or public administration.

Admissions[edit]

Charlotte School of Law operates on a rolling admissions basis and has no application deadline. Prospective students must have a four-year undergraduate degree and should have taken the LSAT. If an applicant has multiple LSAT scores, the highest score is used in the admission process. While LSAT and undergraduate GPA are strong indicators of a student's aptitude, the admission committee considers work experience, postgraduate work, demonstrated leadership, service to the community, extracurricular activities, and other information submitted with the application in making an admission decision.

Initiatives[edit]

Charlotte School of Law students can participate in the Moot Court Program. Members of the Charlotte School of Law’s Moot Court Board are selected through an intra-school competition organized and run by students and judged by members of the legal community. The intra-school competition is named after the Honorable Susie Marshall Sharpe, North Carolina’s first female state Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Students are also involved with the Trial Advocacy Team, which is a student-centered organization led by a team of practicing attorneys. The Trial Team provides opportunities to strengthen skills of persuasive rhetoric, effective communication, critical analysis of legal issues, teamwork, and quick thinking. The Trial Team has won and placed in both national and regional competitions.

The Charlotte Law Review, a student-edited scholarly legal journal, publishes two issues yearly, a Spring and a Fall Journal, with plans of publishing its first Symposium Edition. The Law Review accepts manuscripts for consideration from sources both within and outside the Charlotte Law School community.

Student organizations[edit]

Student Bar Association - Executive

Student Bar Association - Senate

Phi Alpha Delta

Women in Law

CharlotteLaw Cares

CharlotteLaw Diversity Alliance

LGBT Legal Society

Federalist Society

Part-Time Student Association

International Law Society

American Constitution Society

Environmental Legal Society

Moot Court

Law Review

CharlotteLaw Republican Society

CharlotteLaw Global Poker & Strategic

CharlotteLaw Sports & Entertainment

Black Law Student Association

Real Estate Law Society

Order of the Crown (Scholastic Leadership Society)

Parents Attending Law School

Employment[edit]

According to Charlotte's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 30.3% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[2] Charlotte's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 37.7%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[3]

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates[4]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
  
43.71%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
  
30.0%
Employed - Professional Position
  
6.0%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
  
2.29%
Employed - Undeterminable
  
0.0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
  
2.0%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
  
1.14%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
  
0.86%
Unemployed - Seeking
  
13.14%
Employment Status Unknown
  
0.86%
Total of 350 Graduates

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Charlotte for the 2013-2014 academic year is $41,000.[5] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $194,000.

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