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September 6, 2013
Campbell Law ranks second on July N.C. Bar Exam

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Board of Law Examiners for the State of North Carolina has confirmed that Campbell Law School ranked second among the seven North Carolina law schools for first-time bar passage on the July 2013 North Carolina Bar Exam. Of the 121 Campbell Law graduates that sat for the exam for the first time, 99 (81.82%) passed. Campbell Law is the only law school in the state of North Carolina to place in the top two for first-time test takers on the July bar exam in each of the past three years. Only Duke University led Campbell Law on the July 2013 bar exam, with 25 of 26 (96.15%) first-time test takers passing.

“This is a tremendous achievement and the beginning of meaningful and successful careers for 99 of our most recent graduates,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard.  “I have no doubt that my new colleagues within the bar will do a fine job of upholding the outstanding reputation that previous Campbell Law graduates have created through years of exemplary practice.”

In all, 71.54% of total first-time test takers from North Carolina law schools passed the examination, an 8.46% statewide decrease from July 2012 and a 14.73% statewide decrease from July 2011.

Of all applicants that sat for the bar exam, including out of state and repeat candidates, 63.32% (794 of 1254) passed.

“Our consistent success on the state bar exam is in large part due to our institutional culture and curriculum, in addition to the commitment demonstrated by our students, faculty, and staff,” said Campbell Law Director of Academic Support & Bar Success Sha Hinds-Glick.

Three Year Snapshot: Campbell Law first-time test takers on the July N.C. Bar Exam
Year    N.C. Rank    Pass/Total    Percent
2013    2nd overall   99/121           81.82%
2012    1st overall    121/128         94.53%
2011    2nd overall   114/124         91.94%

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,500 alumni, including more than 2,400 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit



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