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Campbell Law School Moving to Raleigh

Posted October 4, 2007

— City officials confirmed Thursday that Campbell University's law school would relocate to a downtown Raleigh office building by 2009.

The Campbell Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to move the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law from the university's campus in Buies Creek to Raleigh, board Chairman Harold Wells said.

"The world we live in is changing," Wells said. "Relocating to Raleigh is in the best interests of the school."

School administrators said the move from rural Harnett County would give the 345 law school students more access to internships with law firms and clerkships with judges.

"Our graduates are part of the fabric of North Carolina," law school Dean Melissa Essary said. "We look forward to building upon our heritage with new opportunities in Raleigh."

About 70 percent of the law school's 2,800 graduates practice in North Carolina, including about 500 in Wake County, Essary said.

Raleigh is the largest state capital in the U.S. without a law school.

Mayor Charles Meeker said the move would capitalize on Raleigh's strength as "a center of education and public service."

Essary, Campbell University President Jerry Wallace and other faculty members were downtown Wednesday afternoon, having their photo taken in front of Hillsborough Place, the office building at the corner of Hillsborough and Dawson streets that will house the law school.

Wallace referred to "The Andy Griffith Show" on Thursday in talking about the importance of moving the law school downtown from Buies Creek.

"As Barney would say to Andy, going to Raleigh is big," Wallace said, eliciting laughs from the dozens of people gathered for the news conference.

Tenants of the building, which is owned by former state lawmaker Art Pope, said they were notified by letter Wednesday that the 107,000-square-foot building would be sold to Campbell by early next year.

Frank Holding Jr., president of First Citizens Bank, will oversee a fundraising campaign to renovate the building for the law school, Wallace said.

Since it was founded in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law has been honored by the American Bar Association for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program and having the nation’s top Professionalism Program.

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  • CU Chemist Oct 6, 4:31 p.m.

    Although I think moving the law school is a great idea, I think your reasoning is flawed "chadsnydor". For many people Buies Creek is a great place to live and go to school. I know it is different for Law School than undergrad, but many students like the area. I think people come to the law school for the reputation of the program, not the location. Campbell has had no problem recruiting and continues to grow with a stellar program that turns out quality graduates. The move to Raleigh is a strategic one that will improve the rankings and make recruitment easier, but the "sink or swim" scenario that you put forth is, I believe, simply illogical.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 6, 9:39 a.m.

    The problem with America is that it has the highest percentage of lawyers based on population in the world.

    The world would be better place with a lot less lawyers.

  • pleshy Oct 5, 1:27 p.m.

    Yeah, we said all that already. and it was said by a CU law alum..... me.

  • chadsydnor Oct 5, 12:36 p.m.

    How about the opinion of a current Campbell law student.

    Buies Creek is an absolutely miserable place to live and go to school. Moving to Raleigh is great.

    Understand something, Campbell had to chose to sink or swim. Recruiting law students is highly competitive amongst law schools and Harnett County/Buies Creek is a major negative for Campbell. With Elon and Charlotte up and running, Campbell had virtually no choice but to move to Raleigh in order to attract students.

    This is absolutely the only way that Campbell will ever start to move up in the law school rankings.

  • likemenow Oct 4, 10:27 p.m.

    RE::"....More lawyers only make life more complicated."....only until you need one...then you want the meanest, smartest, most conniving one available.....or not....your choice...

  • likemenow Oct 4, 10:25 p.m.

    Elcid...you're killing me over here....if I ever have the chance to go to law school, I want you as an advisor/mentor.....too freakin'funny.....seriously a fan here....

  • RedStatesManWatts Oct 4, 9:44 p.m.

    What can you call 100,000 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?
    A good start!

  • SunnyDays Oct 4, 9:39 p.m.

    While I did not graduate from Campbell Law School I did graduate from Campbell College before it became Campbell University so therefore I am aging myself a little bit. While I have very mixed feelings about the move of the Law School to Raleigh that of course will not change, but it is a little sad, considering Campbell College (University) is what is known as Buies Creek. I think it is wonderful that there are satellite campuses, as a matter of fact my son attends the RTP campus, I just hate to see things uprooted I guess. Such is life though.

  • whatusay Oct 4, 8:32 p.m.

    I have heard that 90% of all the lawyers in the world are in the U.S. No wonder we have so many problems. If your tooth paste doesn't taste good you can sue. More lawyers only make life more complicated.

  • elcid89 Oct 4, 7:41 p.m.

    "Good gravy, elcid - are you still hung up on this story?"

    you'll note the conciliatory and complimentary closing of the discussion.

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