Campbell Law welcomes first-year students from 77 different schools

Photo incoming law students taking the oath of professionalism wearing masks

RALEIGH — The first-year law students entering the 2021 academic year at Campbell Law School represent a significant milestone. These 190 1L students come from 77 different undergraduate institutions and 21 different states, including California, New York and Florida. 

It’s also the most diverse class to enter the law school with 18 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 on Aug. 6.  

Here’s the Class of 2024 by the numbers:

  • 49 students are from out of state 
  • 60.7% women
  • 8 served in military
  • 190 traditional students (i.e. full-time)
  • 15 Campbell FLEX students

The majority of incoming students call N.C. State University, the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Campbell University and UNC-Wilmington 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. 6, the new students and their families enjoyed a social BBQ dinner hosted by the Dean at Haywood Hall. 

On Aug. 13, the students took the Professionalism Oath delivered by Wake County District Court Judge Damion McCullers ‘03 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. 


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 12 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.