Campbell Law School welcomes Class of 2025

Photo of first-year Campbell Law students crossing the street during the Dean's annual court crawl in downtown Raleigh.

RALEIGH — The first-year law students entering the 2022 academic year at Campbell Law School represent a significant milestone. 

These 213 1L students come from 80 different undergraduate institutions and 23 different states, including California, New York and Florida. 

It’s also one of the most diverse classes to enter the law school with 16 percent of its members identifying as students of color.

“Today is my favorite day of the year,” Dean J. Rich Leonard told the incoming students during his welcome remarks.  

Here’s the Class of 2025 by the numbers:

  • 36 students are from out of state 
  • 58 % women
  • 5 served in military
  • 202 traditional students (i.e. full-time)
  • 11 Campbell FLEX students

The majority of incoming students call the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, N.C. State University, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Charlotte, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, Wake Forest University and Campbell University their alma maters in that order. 

Orientation for Campbell Law’s newest students included attending customary instructional meetings with faculty and staff, including participating in the Campbell Advantage orientation program.

On Aug. 5, the new students and their families enjoyed a social BBQ dinner hosted by the Dean at Haywood Hall.

Photo of the Dean greeting students at Deans BBQ at Haywood Hall


On Aug. 12, the students took the Professionalism Oath delivered by Robeson County Chief District Court Judge Angelica Chavis McIntyre ‘13 in the morning followed by the Dean’s annual afternoon Campbell Law Court Crawl — a tour of all of the local, state and federal courts in downtown Raleigh. 

Judge Angelica McIntyre '13 speaks to 1Ls during orientation

McIntyre, who is the first Native American female chief district court judge in North Carolina, told the students during her remarks that the “Judges of Campbell Law” exhibit in the hallway represents more judges who graduated from Campbell Law School than any other law school in the state. Elected to the district court bench in 2018, McIntyre was appointed to her current position in January 2021. 

“I knew when I went to law school here I wanted to be a judge,” she said. “I did it in just five years and you can too.” 

More Orientation photos can be found at this link.

Photo of students taking the Professionalism Oath


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 2021, Campbell Law celebrated 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 12 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.