Campbell Law School Holds Swearing-in Ceremony for Graduates of Class of 2011

Local Superior Court Judge Presided Over Ceremony with Graduates Who Passed July Bar Exam

Raleigh, NC, September 15, 2011 --( Melissa Essary, dean of the Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (, has announced that 61 members of the graduating class of 2011 took part in a swearing-in ceremony on Sept. 9 at Campbell Law School at 225 Hillsborough St. The Honorable Paul C. Ridgeway, Wake County Superior Court Judge and member of the Campbell Law class of 1986, presided over the ceremony and led the swearing in of attendees.

The event offered Campbell Law School graduates who passed the July 2011 North Carolina Bar Exam the opportunity to become an official member of the North Carolina Bar Association at a special occasion to be shared by friends and family.

Each graduate took the following Oath of Office as an Attorney at Law to support the Constitution of the United States:

I, ____, do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States; so help me God.

I, ____, do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the State of North Carolina and to the Constitutional powers and authorities which are or may be established for the government thereof; and that I will endeavor to support, maintain and defend the Constitution of said state, not inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States, to the best of my knowledge and ability; so help me God.

I, ____, do swear that I will truly and honestly demean myself in the practice of an Attorney, according to the best of my knowledge and ability, so help me God.

“Campbell Law was honored to have such an incredible group of graduates participate in this year’s swearing-in ceremony,” said Essary. “For these students, this ceremony is both the final step in a journey that began three years ago and the wonderful beginning of a well-earned career in law.”

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- 114 Campbell graduates passed the July 2011 North Carolina Bar Exam (92 percent of the total test takers from the school).

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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