Characteristics of the program
The School of Law offers a program of traditional length (three years), with several enhancements made possible by the institution’s 4-1-4 semester model, by the proximity of the law school to Greensboro’s legal and judicial offices and through the program’s close relationships with the North Carolina Business Court, the Center for Creative Leadership and other law and business organizations.
Instruction takes place in a technology-enriched environment and is complemented with frequent interactions with professionals in law, business, and government sectors. The three-year degree program prepares students to successfully complete the bar examination and to continue into leadership positions in their profession and their communities.
The law school operates on a 4-1-4 semester model, with both the fall and spring semesters lasting approximately thirteen weeks and the Winter Term lasting approximately two weeks in January. During the Winter Term, first-year students participate in the course Lawyering, Leadership and Professionalism. Second-year students participate in the course Public Law and Leadership, and third-year students use the Winter Term to take special legal perspectives courses and explore international study opportunities.
Feedback to Students
Feedback to students in the program is frequent and extensive. In addition to their interactions with the faculty teaching their substantive courses, students also receive feedback from a team of “executive coaches.” These coaches work individually with students to improve their interpersonal and communication skills, as well as their study and other cognitive skills. In addition to working with these “executive coaches,” students review their classroom performances with observers, many of whom are practicing lawyers.
The school trains and utilizes local attorneys as volunteer Preceptors who observe and provide feedback to law students. Each year, approximately 50 volunteer attorneys serve as Preceptors. During the Winter Term and spring semester, Preceptors are encouraged to have students accompany them to observe a trial and to invite students to observe them in initial client interviews, depositions and mediations.
Recognizing that legal services in the 21st century are being provided in a marketplace that is increasingly global in scope, the law school offers coursework that helps prepare graduates for this environment.
During the third year, students will have the opportunity to complete a leadership project that they design and implement. Student creativity in choosing the project is encouraged. The project might take the form of a field-placement experience that allows the student to demonstrate leadership capabilities. At the end of the project, students evaluate their work on their own and with a faculty member, with a final grade being assigned by the faculty member.