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Choosing the Right Law School / Campbell Law vs. Charlotte Law
« on: March 19, 2012, 09:31:44 AM »
I would like to get an honest opinion on two of my choices for attending law school in the fall.

Here is my current situation:
Charlotte School of Law: Charlotte, NC.  $25,000 scholarship (renewable contingent upon maintaining at 3.0 GPA).  Tuition: ~$36,000/year.
Campbell Law: Raleigh, NC.  No scholarship.  Tuition: ~$34,000/year.

I know that I want to stay in North Carolina, and I could really see myself at either Campbell or Charlotte, after visiting both schools.

My parents live in Charlotte & I went to high school there.  However, I would not live with them because that would be far too much stress for me to handle.  I could see myself living and working in Charlotte in the future.  Charlotte is a very young school & has recently been accredited in August 2011 (the minimum time for ABA accreditation).  I know someone who goes there who says that she loves it, and that they offer a great legal education.  I'm aware of the "Scholarship scam" that many law schools offer, because of the minimum GPA requirement, which is also something that worries me.

Campbell Law was the first law school that I visited, and I fell in love with the school and downtown Raleigh (where it is located).  It is definitely more well-respected than Charlotte in the state of North Carolina because it has been around longer, and I believe has had a higher bar passage rate than UNC and Wake Forest since the 1990's.  As I said, I think Raleigh is a great city and I could also see myself working there after law school.  I have heard that Campbell is more challenging, so I feel as though I would not be able to be at the top of the class, like I would have more of a chance to do at Charlotte.  I just do not know if I want to incur about 75% more debt going to Campbell, as opposed to Charlotte Law.

Thoughts & opinions are greatly appreciated.

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