Admissions Policy

General Policy

Established in 1939, North Carolina Central University School of Law provides a high quality, personalized, practice-oriented and affordable legal education to students from diverse backgrounds. The School of Law remains focused on training advocates who address issues of civil rights, social justice, and are tied to their respective communities.

The Law School’s admissions policy has long held to a process that reviews applicants in a fair and conscientious manner.  The aim of our process is to identify those students who will both do well academically, and also contribute to the academic and advocacy environment of the Law School and legal profession.

Applications are reviewed in a holistic and nuanced manner that weighs academics heavily, while also looking at other credentials in the student’s file.  Substantial weight is placed on grades and LSAT scores, but we also recognize that other factors and attributes contribute greatly to a person’s ability to succeed as a law school student and lawyer.  When accessing this academic promise and achievement, we consider attributes such as: the rigor of the undergraduate educational program undertaken; an applicant’s ability to write and convey their inner voice in their personal statement; letters of recommendation which should detail a student’s initiative, integrity, work ethic, analytical ability, academic achievement, etc.; economic, physical or other challenges that have been overcome; scholarly achievements such as graduate study, awards and publications;  and other additional information provided in the application that gives context and details on an applicant’s ability to contribute to the Law School.

Over the past several years the School of Law’s admissions standards have become more competitive as we seek to strengthen our first-year class.  We have sought to enroll fewer students with weak LSAT scores, and currently no applicant with an LSAT score of 141 or lower will be admitted into the school.  We have also implemented an interview process (upon the request of the admissions committee) so that we can have a greater certainty of an applicant’s ability to succeed.  And we remain committed to our holistic review process as these admissions standards become more competitive.

Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity

Study Group

North Carolina Central University is committed to the principles of affirmative action and non-discrimination. The University welcomes diversity in its student body, its staff, its faculty, and its administration. The University admits, hires, evaluates, promotes, and rewards on the basis of the needs and relevant performance criteria without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or religion. It actively promotes diversity and respectfulness of each individual.