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Campbell University surpasses Duke in bar pass rate, opens new clinic in bankruptcy

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Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law announced that 119 of their 139 students taking the July bar passed the exam yielding an 85.61 percent bar pass rate in 2014. The law school, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, has had 90.89 percent of all their students pass the July bar exam on the first try during the course of 25 years, which is the highest among the seven law schools in the state.

“Campbell Law graduates continue to perform well on the state bar exam because it’s ingrained in our institutional culture,” said Director of Academic Support and Bar Success Sha Hinds-Glick. “When combined with our rigorous curriculum and the commitment of our faculty and staff, it’s no surprise that our graduates consistently excel year in and year out.”

Campbell University  is one of only two law schools in the state to have a bar pass rate of 80 percent or higher this year. University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill was the only other school in North Carolina to break the 80 percent threshold, with a bar passage rate of 87 percent, the highest in the state. It also surpassed the more prestigious Duke University School of Law, which had a bar pass rate of 79 percent. Overall, 74.97 percent of first-time bar takers in the state passed, a 3.43 percent increase from the year before.

Additionally the law school announced the establishment of the Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic, which will be open to students in the 2015 spring semester. The clinic will be supervised by an adjunct faculty member and will accept referrals from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and Legal Aid of North Carolina. The clinic will be hosted at the historic Century Station Federal Building. Campbell University Dean J. Rich Leonard worked to raise more than $250,000 to fund his effort to increase the school’s clinical offerings. Campbell Law also offers a Senior Law Clinic and is looking into other topics for future clinics.