Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

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Campbell University School of Law
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Established 1976
School type Private
Dean J. Rich Leonard
Location Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Enrollment 450
Faculty 70 (full and part-time)

The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (also known as Campbell Law School or Campbell University School of Law) is a private law school in Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded in 1976, the law school is one of six graduate programs [1] offered by Campbell University. The school is named after its founder, Norman Adrian Wiggins, former President and Chancellor of Campbell University, and creator of the institution's law division.

Campbell Law graduates are renowned for their excellent bar passage rates. Over the past 25 years, Campbell has maintained the highest average bar passage rate in North Carolina.[2] Campbell graduates passed the July 2012 North Carolina bar exam at a rate of 94.5%. In recent years, graduates of Campbell have maintained up to 100% bar passage rates in many other states. According to Campbell's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 52.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[3]

Campbell is the only law school in North Carolina's capital city. Situated at 225 Hillsborough Street, the law school is steps from the North Carolina State Capitol, and is within a few blocks of the Wake County Courthouse, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, the North Carolina General Assembly building, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Nearby, over 125 law firms, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies are spread throughout the downtown area and the surrounding city. Formerly located in Buies Creek, North Carolina, Campbell Law School relocated to downtown Raleigh in September 2009.[4] The school is also known[by whom?] for its Christian perspective on the law.

Student body[edit]

Campbell Law School enrolls between 400 and 450 students among all three classes per academic year. The ratio of male to female students is 51%/49%, respectively. Campbell Law has both traditional and non-traditional students representing 109 undergraduate schools and 57 different undergraduate majors. Minority students make up 15% of the student body, and with the move to downtown Raleigh, interest from prospective minority students has increased.


The median LSAT for students entering Campbell Law School in Fall 2010 was 156 and the average undergraduate GPA was 3.37.

Campbell Law is a full-time, three-year program offering courses in all areas of the law. There is no night or part-time program offered at this time.

During the three-year program at Campbell Law School, students can opt to follow a general track, business law track, intellectual property track, or advocacy track. Students may also elect to follow no track. Completing the three-year program at Campbell Law School earns students a J.D.. Campbell Law School has several joint degree programs with both North Carolina State University and Campbell University including JD/MBA, JD/MTWM (Master of Trust and Wealth Management), and JD/MPA (Master of Public Administration) programs. These combined degrees can be completed in three or four years.


Campbell Law houses both a Juvenile Justice Clinic and a Senior Law Clinic where students are involved in pro-bono work and assist attorneys and judges. Campbell Law is also affiliated with the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence and is home to the Campbell Law Innocence Project. The Innocence Project allows students to partner with the center to review, investigate and make recommendations on criminal cases.

Campbell Law School has many strong teams participating in intramural, regional and national Moot Court, Trial Advocacy, Client Counseling and Negotiations Competitions. All students in good academic standing are eligible to compete. The competitions attract many attorneys and judges from around the area. Campbell Law School's Moot Court Team won back-to-back national championships in 2007 and 2008.

Campbell Law School has two school publications: the Campbell Law Review and the Campbell Law Observer. The Campbell Law Review is written and edited by students who demonstrate the highest degree of academic excellence and produce a publication of scholarly writings on current legal topics. The Campbell Law Review is published three times each year. The Campbell Law Observer newspaper is completely managed by law students. Published six times a year, the paper features reports on recent state and federal court opinions, scholarly articles on current legal topics and subjects of general interest to the legal community.

Campbell Law School has two fraternities, Delta Theta Phi and Phi Alpha Delta, and a variety of other organizations such as the Federalist Society, Campbell Law Democrats, Pro Bono Publico, Moot Court Association, Campbell Law Republicans, Christian Legal Society, Women in Law, Sports and Entertainment Law, Black Law Student Association, Hispanic Society, American Bar Association-Law Student Division, Jewish Legal Society, Prisoner Assistance & Legal Services,Student Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Public Interest Law Initiative, Campbell Law Innocence Project, Intellectual Property Society, Lambda Law, [5]and more. Each of these organizations hosts guest speakers, conducts regular events, and participates in community service work.

North Carolina Business Court[edit]

Campbell Law School was home to the North Carolina Business Court-Raleigh Division until 2014, because of the new Wake County Justice Center. The North Carolina Business Court is a specialized forum of the North Carolina State Courts’ trial division. Cases involving complex and significant issues of corporate and commercial law are assigned by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to a Superior Court judge who oversees the resolution of all matters in the case through trial. The Business Court is accessible to law students and the public (See NC Business Court Website).

On November 11, 2011, the school made legal history in North Carolina when an all-North Carolina panel from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments at Campbell's business courtroom in Raleigh. This historic occasion marked the first time since 1891 that a three-member panel of judges from North Carolina has sat together on the court. Judges Albert Diaz, Allyson Duncan, and James A. Wynn Jr. represented the Fourth Circuit, which consists of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.[6]


Campbell Law School is located at 225 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. All law students are assigned reserved parking either on campus or in the surrounding blocks. Parking is provided for all students, faculty, and staff.

The Law School building is 110,000 square feet (10,000 m2) and includes 4 floors, 13 technologically advanced classrooms, 3 contemporary courtrooms, a student commons area with restaurant style booths and snack bar, offices for student organizations, and accessible faculty offices. A large auditorium serves students and welcomes guest speakers and the spacious law library provides ample workspace, research materials and group study rooms. A dedicated attorney resource room welcomes the area's legal professionals and Campbell Law alumni who need a place to work during trips to Raleigh. The building has wireless internet access throughout and allows for wireless printing.

Joint degrees[edit]

Campbell Law School offers three different joint degree programs.

Students can combine their Juris Doctor (JD) with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) through Campbell University's Business School, a Master of Trust and Wealth Management (MTWM) degree in conjunction with Campbell’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, which is a unique degree not found anywhere else in the nation, or its most recent program the combined Juris Doctor and Master in Public Administration (MPA). The combined JD/MPA is achieved through students taking law classes at Campbell Law School and public administration classes at North Carolina State University which is a mile down the road from Campbell Law School. The combing the JD & MPA allows students to finish what would separately take five years of schooling into four years.[7]


According to Campbell's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 52.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[8] Campbell's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 31.9%, 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.[9]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Campbell for the 2013-2014 academic year is $64685.[10] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $247,609.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

The Law School currently has alumni living and working in 40 U.S. states and six countries.

  • Elaine F. Marshall, 1981, current North Carolina Secretary of State and the first woman ever elected to the North Carolina Council of State.
  • John M. Tyson, 1979, former judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
  • Don Brown (author), 1987, bestselling author of legal and military fiction and attorney, former U.S. military prosecutor.
  • Donna Stroud, 1988, current judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
  • Thomas G. Walker, 1990, current United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.


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