Message from the
School of Law Dean

Dean Browne Lewis

Welcome! Thanks for taking the time to visit our website. I hope that the information contained here will assist you in making one of the most important career decisions of your life. Selecting a law school to attend is not just about choosing an institution; it is about choosing the place where you will grow personally and professionally. North Carolina Central University School of Law (NCCU Law) might be that place for you. NCCU Law is a law school with an illustrious history and a bright future. For over eighty years, our law school has been fulfilling its mission “to foster in each student a deep sense of professional responsibility and personal responsibility and personal integrity so as to produce competent and socially responsible members of the legal profession.” Our dedication to that mission is coupled with our commitment to prepare students to thrive in an everchanging legal profession.

NCCU Law has been and continues to be a school that gives students the opportunity to achieve their goals of becoming lawyers. We provide students the tools they need to be successful at every stage of their journeys from law students to licensed attorneys. Our Performance Based Admissions Program (PBAP) gives select students an opportunity to gain admissions for the fall semester by successfully completing a two-week, non-credit program. For students who want to get a head start on their legal education, we offer the Summer Start Initiative (SSI). Students participating in SSI start in June as opposed to August, so they are able to complete the fall semester at a reduced pace. The support does not end with admittance. After students matriculate, our Academic Success Department and our Writing Center provide them with the academic support they need to master the material they need to know to be successful in law school and to pass the bar examination. We know that becoming a lawyer involves more than just learning the black letter law. Therefore, we offer our students the chance to engage in the actual practice of law by participating in our externship program and enrolling in one of our clinics.

Our location in Durham, North Carolina, a city in the heart of research triangle park, provides our students with a wealth of unique opportunities to interact with technology. This is critically important because the legal profession is being significantly impacted by technology. Students who enroll in our Intellectual Property Legal Clinic that is certified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) represent clients before the agency. In our cutting-edge legal technology classes, students are exposed to topics like artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IOT). Raleigh, North Carolina, the capital city, is located a short drive away, so our students are able to work with attorneys involved in three branches of state government, many of whom graduated from NCCU Law.

Our motto—Truth and Service—mandates that we encourage our students to pursue justice. To that end, we have an expansive Pro Bono Program that connects students to organizations and attorneys providing free or low-cost legal services to low-income persons in the local community and across the state. Through our innovative Virtual Justice Project and Justice in the Practice of Law Certificate Programs, our students help to provide access to justice to members of low-income and marginalized communities. At NCCU Law, preparation for the bar examination starts on the first day of class and continues after graduation. Our Academic Success Department provides interventions for students throughout their law school career. After a student graduates, we assign that student a bar mentor to help the student navigate the bar examination preparation process.

To teach their young ones to fly, eagles toss them out of the nest. However, they are always there to catch them before they fall. When the eaglets finally learn to start using their wings to fly, they leave the nest with their parents’ blessings. Like those parents, we will teach and nurture you until you are ready to soar. We are legal eagles. Come and join our nest.

Dean Browne Lewis