Campbell Law once again named among nation’s most devout Christian schools

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law School is once again ranked as the ninth most devout Christian school in the nation by preLaw magazine, a National Jurist publication, in its Spring 2021 edition.

Every two years, preLaw magazine spotlights the country’s “Most Devout Law Schools.” Campbell Law, which is among the 46 law schools in the U.S. that have ties to faith, has been recognized for its devoutness, which is determined by how much emphasis a school places on religion in its curriculum, faculty makeup and daily campus life

As preLaw magazine wrote in its rankings: “We recognize schools that combine legal education with religious values. It’s particularly poignant in the age of COVID-19, when many people are searching for answers and comfort. Dealing with adversity has become part of the new normal — as much as mask wearing and social distancing. Adversity is with us every day, after all. COVID-19 has swept the nation, touching every corner, nearing 30 million cases thus far. More than half a million people have died. Many are searching for hope, comfort and relief. For some, that means turning to God.”

Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard explained, “We encourage students every day to examine the relationship between spiritual and legal topics, to explore the theological foundations for law, to think differently about justice and the legal system, and to consider how they can contribute toward a more just and merciful society while respecting every student’s freedom to religion.” 

Campbell Law provides students with courses that delve into topics interdependent with Christian perspectives and law. Courses such as Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought and Introduction to Legal Theory: Ancient to Modern, explore the theological nature of law, Christian conceptions of justice and religiously-informed critiques of American legal history.

Campbell University also offers a dual Juris Doctor and Master of Divinity degree to integrate the fields of law and ministry. This program is tailored to provide each student with the best blend of the two disciplines, “each of which can be viewed as a calling to serve others.”
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Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, 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 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and a dozen years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.