Campbell Law once again ranks among most devout Christian law schools

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RALEIGH — Campbell Law School has been ranked once again among the most devout Christian law schools in the nation by preLaw magazine, a National Jurist publication, in its Spring 2023 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 ranked 16th in recognition of its devoutness, which is determined by how much emphasis a school places on religion in its curriculum, faculty makeup and daily campus life. This is the third time the law school has ranked among the magazine’s Top 20 “most devout” since 2019.

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As preLaw magazine wrote in its rankings: “To determine the Top 20, we gathered information from the schools and other sources. We looked at the percentage of students and faculty who belong to the faith; the number of religion-focused courses and other ways the school incorporates faith into its curriculum; religion-related journals, centers, and clinics; religious services and clergy at the law school; and the mission of the law school.”

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, such as “Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought and Introduction to Legal Theory: Ancient to Modern”, which explores 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.”


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 4,700 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2024, Campbell Law will celebrate 45 years of graduating legal leaders and a 15 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.