NCCU Law and UNC Wilmington Launch Maritime Law Program

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law are combining their strengths to offer a unique summer experience in maritime and admiralty law to law students and practicing attorneys who wish to expand their expertise in these fields. The program will be held on the UNCW campus.

With an anticipated launch date of summer 2012, the program will offer courses in ocean and coastal law, coastal and marine science and policy, and environmental science, which will be taught by faculty drawn from local practicing attorneys, UNCW faculty from related fields and faculty from the NCCU School of Law. The curriculum will focus on maritime and admiralty law as well as related science and policy areas.

“There are no law schools in this part of the state, and we have been working toward a partnership that will help us fill that gap,” said UNCW Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo. “With our location and affinity with the coast, as well as our faculty expertise in marine science and environmental studies, it made sense to start with a program focused on maritime law. We are thrilled to partner with the NCCU School of Law in this endeavor, to host their excellent law faculty on our campus and to look forward to offering additional programs with them in years to come.”

Although details for the summer program are still being developed, it will include a combination of face-to-face classroom meetings and distance education technology to limit travel for both students and faculty. Courses will be offered for credit to law students in good standing at an American Bar Association-accredited law school and as certificate program courses to law students as well as practicing judges and attorneys. The non-degree program will be operated in compliance with the ABA section on Legal Education.

“Our goal is to build one of the best maritime law programs in the nation,” said NCCU School of Law Dean Raymond Pierce. “The dialogue I have had with Chancellor DePaolo and her team at UNCW gives me confidence that we will achieve this goal.”

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