NC State University and Campbell Law School Partner on Law and Master of Public Administration Dual

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina State University and Campbell Law School will offer a dual degree in public administration and law beginning in the fall. This marks the state’s first JD/MPA from two separate institutions of higher learning.

If pursued separately, it would take five years to complete the two programs. The dual degree option enables students to earn both degrees in four years of full-time study. Recipients of the JD/MPA will possess professional credentials for a diverse range of careers in law, government, nonprofit management, teaching, and research.

“With Campbell Law’s recent move to downtown Raleigh, combining the strength of our law degree program with NC State’s MPA is a perfect fit for the state capital,” said Dean Melissa Essary of Campbell Law School. “This is a unique and efficient public-private partnership for the 21st century, and we believe generations of future North Carolina leaders and legislators will be graduates of this dual degree program.”

“Raleigh is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing capital cities in the nation. Our community and our state need committed leaders, and the partnership between NC State’s MPA program and Campbell Law School fits hand and glove,” said Dr. Richard Kearney, director, NC State’s School of Public and International Affairs. “There are many shared values between our respective programs, including a special emphasis on community service, leadership, and professionalism.”

For admission to the JD/MPA program, students must apply and be accepted to both programs separately and then complete a dual degree enrollment form. Candidates who are admitted will typically complete the first year at Campbell Law, the second year at NC State, and the third and fourth years will be divided between the two schools to maximize course availability. Students who are already in their first year of the MPA program may reverse this admissions procedure if they are admitted into the School of Law for the subsequent year. Similarly, students already in their first year of law school may apply for admission into the MPA program.

For more information about the JD/MPA program, review the fact sheet.

About the NC State Department of Public Administration:
NC State University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is located within the School of Public and International Affairs’ Department of Public Administration. The MPA is a professional degree that prepares students to enter or advance in a broad range of public service leadership posts, from legislative staffs and government agencies at all levels to nonprofit organizations and academic institutions. More than 1,000 N.C. State alumni who hold professional positions in federal, state, and local governments, as well as the non-profit and private sectors, have earned the MPA degree. For more information, visit

About Campbell Law School:
Since its founding in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. 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 3,200 alumni, including 2,200 who reside and work in North Carolina. For 21 years, Campbell Law’s record of success on the North Carolina Bar Exam has been unsurpassed by any other North Carolina law school. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a new state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit