Legal Education in North Carolina: A Report for Potential Students, Lawmakers, and the Public
The full report may be downloaded above, or from the Pope Center's website.
Part of the Pope Center series on Higher Education Policy.
The Pope Center wants educational institutions to become more accountable. One contribution we can make is to provide information for potential students and parents (as well as policy-makers) about the outcomes of attending specific schools and compare those outcomes against other schools’ results. This paper does that. It scrutinizes North Carolina law schools from the viewpoint of the student trying to decide which one to attend.
It goes further, however. It reveals that legal education in North Carolina is hedged with restrictions. The most damaging restriction is the state’s requirement that only those who have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school may take the bar exam. ABA accreditation severely limits the number of schools in the state, driving up tuition prices and keeping down the number of lawyers in the state. Changes in current regulations could make legal education more affordable