Campbell Law School Ranks Second in North Carolina for 2011 Bar Passage Rates

Campbell Law Bests UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University for First-Time Exam Takers, Maintains Top Overall Record of Success on Exam Among State Schools

Raleigh, NC, September 01, 2011 --( Melissa Essary, dean of the Campbell University Norman A. Wiggins School of Law (, has announced the school ranked second among all North Carolina law schools for passage rates on the North Carolina Bar Exam for first-time exam takers, according to the N.C. Board of Law Examiners. Campbell boasted nearly a 92 percent passage rate, falling short of only Duke University, which came in first with a 100 percent passage rate. Campbell outperformed UNC-CH, 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.

“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,” said Essary. “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.”

“Unlike a lot of law schools, Campbell Law does not have a for-credit class to study the bar exam, so our consistent top rankings for bar passage rates in North Carolina is a true testament to our culture and the commitment of our students, faculty and staff to produce top-notch attorneys,” said Sha Hinds-Glick, director of academic support and bar success at Campbell Law.

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- Under the direction of the state Board of Law Examiners, the N.C. Bar Exam contains two sections, including 12 essay questions designed to test knowledge of North Carolina law and 200 multiple-choice questions that test general knowledge of U.S. law.

About Campbell Law:
Since its founding in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The School has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,200 alumni, including 2,200 who reside and work in North Carolina. For 25 years, Campbell Law’s record of success on the North Carolina Bar Exam has been unsurpassed by any other North Carolina law school. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit

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