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Campbell moves to downtown Raleigh digs

Posted September 11, 2009
Updated September 14, 2009

— Classes begin Monday for legal students at Campbell University’s outpost in downtown Raleigh.

The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law moved from the university's campus in Buies Creek, school leaders said, to give students greater access to internships with law firms and clerkships with judges in the state capital.

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Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker joined Campbell administrators to welcome the students to their new home. "This is a state-of-the-art, new building. "I'm not sure there's any other law school in this country that quite has what you have," he said.

Classrooms and offices will be housed at Hillsborough Place, 225 Hillsborough St. The building, at the corner of Hillsborough and Dawson streets, features 13 classrooms, a 175-seat auditorium and a 25,000-square-foot library.

The Raleigh Division of the North Carolina Business Court will move into the same building, making Campbell one of only a handful of law schools nationwide to house a working court.

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.

Downtown businesses, hoping to benefit from the added foot traffic the law school will bring, are offering discounts or special services to Campbell law students and faculty. Julie Lechner, assistant director of development and communications at the school, said that so far McDonald's, Quiznos, The Borough and The Oxford have signed up for the program.

Daniel Sartain, general manager of The Oxford, said, "It's basically just an idea of welcoming people here. The university is a nice addition to downtown and we'd like to let them know that we're happy to have them and expect to see them."

”I love being in Raleigh,” student Landon White said. “I live a mile from here, so I can walk here.”


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  • itsnews2me Sep 11, 2009

    I think it is a beneficial move for both the school and Raleigh and wish them much success. By the way, any opportunity now for incorporating a part-time program like NC Central has?

  • RedStatesManWatts Sep 11, 2009

    Ah, okay sunshades1 thanks for the info!

  • sunshades1 Sep 11, 2009

    As with many stories, there are many facts left untold. This story is no different.

    The untold agenda is political and personal gain. The agenda's roots lie in the middle of Art Pope's Political Action Comittee - The John Loche Foundation, and The Pope Foundation.

    The ownership and multi $million renovation of this building was funded by Art Pope's family for many reasons of personal gain.

    Housing the N.C. Business Court in his own Hen House.
    Position of the building and students is directly across the street from the N.C. Republican Campaign Offices.

    In very recent years UNC-Chapel Hill has turned down many large donation attempts from Art's family foundation due to the political influences attached to the donations. It appears the Pope Foundation has redirected their allocated finances for political influence towards Campbell U. now.

    C.U. trustees - Please be aware of what strings you are attaching to your students and school at the expense of these donations.

  • jennmc Sep 11, 2009

    As a recent alumnae, half the law school was falling in and there just wasn't enough space to hold classes, exams or to study.

    The University also needed more space and parking for the undergraduates.

  • RedStatesManWatts Sep 11, 2009

    I do not mean to rain on anyone's parade but I still question this move. As an alma mater of CU, I remember when I was a freshman in 1979, the first law school graduating class was at that time as well. I remember what it meant to have a law school at CU in so many various ways. Now I must wonder how this has changed the environment on campus. I see this as not necessarily a good move. Maybe I am nostalgic or just old school, no pun intended, but it just seems as though this just wasn't the best decision.

  • BigBird Sep 11, 2009

    finally. wish they had done this while I was attending.

  • westral Sep 11, 2009

    I'm just looking forward to bumping into some cute law students in my travels downtown!

  • craziecrafter Sep 11, 2009

    Kudos to Campbell for reaching beyond for their students.

  • bluebird1075 Sep 11, 2009

    My daughter goes to this awesome college. It's top notch! Congratulations Campbell for seeing the need and reaching out to further the education of your students.

  • mrr03 Sep 11, 2009

    Welcome to Raleigh..Hope you have much success !!