My job requires that I travel. Can I complete the evening program?
The evening program, like the day, has an attendance policy. A student may miss nine hours of class in a three-credit hour course, six hours in a two-credit hour course, and three hours in a one-credit hour class. Travel exceeding these absences will generally not be excused. Students are encouraged to discuss their class schedules with their employers and limit travel as much as possible. Because of the constancy of the evening schedule–Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 6:30 to 9:30, students can easily plan travel to minimize absences from classes.
I have terrible undergraduate grades, but have a master’s degree. Will that help me?
The average undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) for the program is usually around 3.25 (as computed by Law Services) includes those students with advanced degrees. About half our evening students have an advanced degree, several have Ph.D.s or M.D.s. Your undergraduate average is the most important one for admission purposes, since it is the one degree all applicants have in common. Your advanced degree is a “plus factor” in that it could give you an edge over an applicant with a similar UGPA and LSAT, but it is not a substitute for your undergraduate performance. Anything about your graduate study that you feel will particularly help you in law school should be highlighted in your personal statement.
I went to school ages ago. All my professors are retired or dead! Do I need an academic letter of recommendation?
Since many of our applicants have been out of school for twenty years or more, we often hear this question. A helpful letter of recommendation is one that comments honestly and thoroughly on the applicant’s ability to express him or her self in written and oral form. Generally, academic contacts know you in these capacities. Your recommender should be able to tell us how they know you and be able to comment about your written and oral communication skills. An unhelpful recommendation is one that comments generally on the applicant’s character and demeanor. We are most interested in learning about your ability to do well in law school and in the profession upon your graduation.
Can I take classes at Duke and UNC Law? What about in the Day Program at NCCU?
UNC, Duke and NCCU law schools have an Inter-institutional agreement permitting students to take elective classes at any of these schools while paying tuition at their home school. Permission of the Dean is required to take classes at UNC or Duke law schools or in the Day Program at NCCU. Required classes need to be taken at NCCU in the admitting program.
How much studying will I have to do?
The study commitment for law school is significant. Students prepare 2 to 3 hours outside of class for every hour in class. The average class load is 9 hours, meaning students should schedule between 18 and 27 hours a week of study time each week. When papers, exams, or projects are due, students can expect the out-of-class demands to increase.