North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law has been named one of the nation’s top law schools for clinical opportunities by The National Jurist.
On an annual basis, the magazine ranks law schools by dividing the total number of full-time clinical course positions by the total number of full-time students. In the rankings compiled for 2011, NCCU School of Law placed fourth with a ratio of 62.7 percent (308 clinical positions divided by 491 students). Yale Law School placed first with a ratio of 100.2 percent, followed by the law schools at the University of Georgia (68.7 percent) and the University of the District of Columbia (66 percent).
In the September 2011 issue of The National Jurist, Pamela S. Glean, Assistant Dean for Clinical and Professional Skills at NCCU School of Law, noted that “[i]n 2010-2011, NCCU law students provided a little over $2 million in free legal services” through clinical programs. “It truly is service learning,” [Glean] said. “It’s a very good value to everyone that is involved.”
The NCCU School of Law community is quite pleased with the ranking, which is well-deserved considering the school’s jump from a 49 percent clinical opportunities ratio in 2010. “This ranking is further testimony to the strength of our clinical education program, which supports practical skills training,” said Raymond C. Pierce, Dean of NCCU School of Law. “It is further recognition of our strong connection to practical applications of the law.”