The degree of Juris Doctor is granted upon a student’s successful completion of a minimum of 88 credit hours of required and elective courses with a cumulative academic average of at least 2.00. In accordance with the American Bar Association Standards, course credits more than five years old lapse if a degree is not earned. The right to take examinations, as well as the privilege of continuing as a student, is conditioned upon regular and punctual class attendance and participation in classroom work. Unsatisfactory attendance or classroom performance may result in a student being dropped from a course or receiving a failing grade.
Degrees with honors will be awarded as follows: summa cum laude to students with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher; magna cum laude to students with a grade point average of 3.30 to 3.49; and cum laude to students with a grade point average of 3.00 to 3.29 at the time of graduation.
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Day Program classes normally meet between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on weekdays in the fall and spring semesters.
The Evening Program is designed for particularly enterprising people who seek to earn a law degree while working full time.
The North Carolina Central University School of Law offers several programs that can lead to the award of a joint degree:
North Carolina Central University School of Law offers every student an opportunity to become thoroughly grounded in the fundamentals of the law.
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law offers four certificate programs. Upon completion of the specified requirements, law students may earn a certificate in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law; Dispute Resolution; Tax Law; or Justice in the Practice of Law.
The Academic Success Program is designed to help you get acclimated to learning in law school and to empower you to become independent, self-regulating learners.
This is central to the Law School’s emphasis on producing graduates who are immediately ready to practice.
The Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Law Institute has been established as a center of excellence, and the The Dispute Resolution Institute will lead our profession in taking full advantage of these opportunities and responding thoughtfully to these challenges.