Certificate for Justice in the Practice of Law

North Carolina Central University School of Law offers a comprehensive online curriculum in the field of Justice in the Practice of Law (JIPL), open to all law students across the nation. Students who complete the eight JIPL course credits will receive a Certificate in Justice in the Practice of Law.


  • Students must be in good academic standing at an accredited U.S. law school to apply to the JIPL Certificate Program.
  • The JIPL Certificate requires eight hours of academic credit in JIPL courses.
  • Students must use NCCU Law technology.
  • Students do not have to be admitted to NCCU School of Law to take courses offered under the auspices of the JIPL.  If you are a visiting student, please complete the NCCU Visiting Student Application.  Within two weeks, visiting students should receive a registration identification number, which is needed to register for classes.
  • Students must complete both summer sessions within 18 months.
  • For purposes of Financial Aid, students are encouraged to register for five hours in Summer I. If registered for less than five hours in Summer I, the student’s refund will be released in Summer II.
  • Additional summer school courses are available.
  • Register for classes through myEOL.
  • Complete the JIPL Certificate Information Form.

Program of Instruction

Classes are held online through Virtually LIVE technology in virtual classrooms at NCCU School of Law. Students may log on to classes from anywhere in the country and receive instruction in real-time. Classes are usually held 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekday evenings, three times per week and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on every other Saturday.


Legal Problems of the Poor (Two credits)

This course examines crime, race relations, and poverty.  Emphasis is focused on the amelioration of social problems by examining the nature of special interest groups, causes of crime, and the treatment of criminal offenders.

Capital Punishment (One credit)

This course examines the specific legal issues inherent in capital punishment within the general area of criminal law and procedure. Included will be detailed coverage of both substantive and procedural law of capital punishment, as well as the roles of lawyers, judges, and juries within this legal system. Law and legal analysis in death penalty statutes and cases are the major focuses of this course, with attention also given to empirical analyses of the practice and philosophical examinations as to its wisdom.

Selected Topics: DNA Exoneration (One credit)

This course will focus on contemporary issues in criminal justice policy and practice. Forensic DNA typing has been hailed by the police, the courts, and even criminal defense lawyers as a scientific technique that can exonerate persons wrongly accused of crimes they did not commit. This seminar will address several important questions about the use of DNA by our criminal justice system, including its reliability and how DNA has been used to free wrongfully convicted defendants.

Corporate Justice (Two credits)

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the historical foundations of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and how it can be used as a tool for legal activism.

Predatory Lending (One credit)

This course will discuss federal and state laws that deal with predatory lending. This course will also help students to identify predatory practices that are either illegal or bad for the consumer and how to work with consumers to avoid the consequences of these actions.

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Intersection of Tax Policy (One credit)

This course will explore the application of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to tax planning, strategy and policy.  Issues of taxation have largely been excluded from the core CSR discussion.  Such exclusion is largely predicated on the notion that the primary purpose of any entity is to minimize or avoid tax through any legal means possible.  As a result, many corporations develop elaborate and aggressive tax avoidance strategies to accomplish this goal and many corporations even view their tax departments as profit centers. In an effort to incorporate CSR in the tax planning process, some experts have advanced that corporations engage remedial measures. This course will discuss many of these measures while also probing the extent to which race and socioeconomic statuses have a palatable effect on corporate tax policy.


  • $232.21 per credit hour for in-state students. ($1,857.68 for both summer sessions)
  • $825.03 per credit hour for out-of-state students. ($6,624 for both summer sessions)

Financial Aid

For information regarding financial assistance for summer school, visit the University’s Summer School Financial Aid page.


Please complete the JIPL Certificate Information Form and register for classes through myEOL. The program is limited to 64 students and will be filled on a continuing basis. You may submit any questions to Carol Chestnut, at cchestnut@nccu.edu.



For more information about the JIPL Certificate Program, watch the video below or contact Carol Chestnut or cchestnut@nccu.edu.