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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: North Carolina Central vs Duke
« on: April 30, 2008, 02:35:41 PM »
pardon the overused analogy but "comparing" Duke and NCCU is comparing apples and oranges.  I'm not picking on NCCU (I'm going there in the fall!) but it's just different.

Here's a better analogy: it's like asking, "is college basketball (NCCU) better than the NBA (Duke)?"  they're different levels, and geared toward different missions.  I happen to like college ball alot more ;)

NCCU is not just PI oriented, it's really oriented to the local community.  It's very local and NC biased.  It's an HBC in a predominanty minority community (although white students make up the largest ethnic group in the law school) , and that's the niche.  The tuition is ridiculously cheap, and the LSAT's are going to remain low as NCCU yield protects against the many "prestigious" schools close by.

Duke is Duke.  It's the "Harvard of the South", and they relish it.  It is geared toward national and international prominence.  These are kids with 167+/3.7 and they're gunning for DC and NYC, BigLaw, clerkships and the hard-to-get PI.  These kids are going to pass NC bars, NY bars, and all kinds of bars, because Duke seeks the people with the horsepower upstairs. 

that's just not NCCU's mission.  It's not good or bad, like it or not, it's just different

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: North Carolina Central vs Duke
« on: April 30, 2008, 10:53:37 AM »
^aba data shows 81% first time passage rate.  Just a % or 2 below Carolina's.  It's remarkable considering NCCU's 25-75 LSAT range.  Central does a good job of coaching the bar. 

It'll never have the name recognition, but you'll get good legal training at Central.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: North Carolina Central vs Duke
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:34:20 AM »
did you decide on NCCU for sure?!  I'm also going to NCCU.  I know this is an old thread, but I thought I'd chime in.

Don't worry about Duke grads, they all leave the area.  Seriously.  it's weird. They ALL leave.

lots of Wake and Carolina grads do too.  WFU is 50% UNC a bit less.

It'll be another year+ before Campbell relocates it's campus to the Triangle area, so that helps as well.

Bottom line is this: a lot of your job prospects and anxiety surrounding will depend on your expectations.  A lot of responses here are from 85 percintile+ LSAT scorers going to T14-50 and they are simply going to have a much different perspective on what outcomes law school provides.

If you do well at Central, you'll get a job.  will it be lined up prior to grad?  probably not?  will it be bigLaw in Charlotte of Greensboro?  very unlikely.  But the PI clinics are very good, DA-PD offices all over NC are loaded with Central grads, if you're near the top of your class you'll get some Mid-law opportunities.

And I know, my good friend is a 3L/recent grad.  She does have her gig lined up with Orange Co. PD office.  She has a friend who graduated near the top of her class last year that got a MidLaw job in Charlotte starting at 65K/year. 

So it's not all horror stories, you just have to make sure your expectations match reality. 

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