NCCU Law Named as a “Best School for Public Service”

Posted on Thursday, December 8, 2011

North Carolina Central University School of Law has been named as one of best law schools for public service by The National Jurist. On Dec. 5th, the magazine recognized 63 law schools in five different categories as the best in preparing students for public service positions. The categories are:  government, prosecutor/public defender, state judicial clerks, Federal clerks and public interest.  NCCU Law was recognized in both the prosecutor/public defender and the public interest categories.

“NCCU houses a diverse body of clinical opportunities that sensitize future lawyers to the importance of working at institutions that advance fairness and equity in the justice system,” said Pamela S. Glean, Assistant Dean for Clinical and Professional Skills.  “These rankings reflect the efforts of the entire law school to produce and place lawyers in jobs where they have the best opportunity to pursue these values.”

Twenty law schools were named in the government category, while 15 law schools were listed in each of the other categories.  In addition to NCCU Law, fifteen law schools were recognized in two categories: American University, Brooklyn Law School, Capital University, Charleston School of Law, CUNY, Florida State, Northeastern, Southern University, University of Arizona, University of Arkansas – Little Rock, University of Baltimore, University of Denver, University of the Pacific, University of Wyoming and Yale University. Penn State Law was the only school to make three of the five lists.

“Our goal was to identify the law schools that have a proven track record of producing graduates for the different segments of public service,” said Jack Crittenden, Editor In Chief of The National Jurist. “Other rankings may focus on prestige. This study focuses on results.”

The magazine considered employment placement data, curricula and standard of living to determine the government, prosecutor/public defender and public interest categories. “Standard of living” was calculated using debt, loan forgiveness options, salary and regional cost of living.  The judicial clerkship categories were decided based solely upon employment placement data.

A full article featuring the complete lists for each category will be published in the January issue of The National Jurist. Read more here.