Campbell Law extends historical streak on July N.C. Bar Exam

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Over the course of the past 25 years, 90.89% of Campbell Law graduates have passed the July North Carolina Bar Exam on their first try. That remarkable statistic, tops among the seven N.C. law schools, comes on the heels of a second-place showing by the institution’s graduates on the July 2014 examination, in which 85.61% (119 of 139) of Campbell Law’s first-time test-takers passed.

Campbell Law is the only law school in the state of North Carolina to place in the top two for first-time test takers on the July bar exam in each of the past four years. This year, Campbell Law and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were the only two law schools in N.C. to crack 80-percent or better overall.

“We are thrilled that we may now refer to our recent graduates as our colleagues,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “This is a tremendous achievement and a special moment in the lives of each of our graduates, and we couldn’t be more proud to have 119 new Campbell lawyers practicing in good faith across our state.”

In all, 74.97% of total first-time test takers from North Carolina law schools passed the examination, a 3.43% increase from July 2013. Of all applicants that sat for the bar exam, including out of state and repeat candidates, 62.27% passed, a 1.05% decrease from a year ago.

“Campbell Law graduates continue to perform well on the state bar exam because it’s ingrained in our institutional culture,” said Campbell Law Director of Academic Support & Bar Success Sha Hinds-Glick. “When combined with our rigorous curriculum and the commitment of our faculty and staff, it’s no surprise that our graduates consistently excel year-in and year-out.”

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