Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Buies Creek, NC
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According to the school's website, it is one of the smallest accredited private schools in the country, with a few more than 300 students. Despite the small number of students, the backgrounds of those attending the school are very diverse. Approximately 50% of the students in a given class are female, and the average age of a student is 25. Students also come from a variety of undergraduate institutions and undergraduate majors. Many students have master's degrees in other areas.
The school's graduates have found great success. The career services website says that, over the last four years, the employment-placement rate "has consistently exceeded 95% within six months of graduation." As reported by the class of 2005, 76% of students entered the private sector; 10% are serving judicial clerkships; 7% are working in state government, city, county, or municipal areas; 3% entered the public-interest arena; 3% started their own firms; and 1% are working for the federal government.
In conjunction with Campbell University's Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, the school of law offers the only joint-degree program combining a J.D. with a Master of Trust and Investment Management (M.T.I.M.) degree. According to the program website, the program's purpose is "to enable graduate students to develop the technical, analytical, institutional, and communications skills that will help them to succeed in the financial services industry."
During the J.D./M.T.I.M. program's course of study, students gain expertise in "personal financial planning, risk management and insurance, security analysis, portfolio management, tax planning, fiduciary practice, estate and trust administration, and sales management." The program aims to place students in professional jobs in "bank trust departments, private banking departments, investment management and securities firms, and financial planning firms." The school also has a J.D./M.B.A. program.
The school offers a variety of student organizations. The Legal Runarounds is a running club that encourages maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle. The Project for Older Prisoners evaluates older prisoners in order to identify those who pose little or no risk of recidivism and can be released to reduce overcrowding in local prisons. TEAM Campbell Law encourages law students to participate in various events across the Campbell campus. Other organizations include the American Bar Association—Law Student Division, the American Civil Liberties Union, Women in Law, and the Moot Court Association.
Acknowledging the strenuous nature of law school, the administration created the Academic Support Program, which offers seminars that teach students better study skills, and Teaching Scholars, which pairs students with third-year "teaching scholars" who provide study group leadership and other guidance. The school also provides consultations with the associate dean for student life and access to BarCARES, a free counseling service.
"You will experience a demanding academic program that will equip you with superb professional skills for a purposeful life of leadership and service," Dean Essary says in her letter. "Campbell School of Law graduates are marked by their ability to step into the real-world practice of law."
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