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Campbell law school, N.C. State to offer dual degree

Posted March 8, 2010

— Campbell and North Carolina State universities announced Monday that they will offer a new dual-degree program to train students to work in state and local government, nonprofits and the legal profession.

Starting this fall, students can simultaneously earn a law degree from Campbell's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law and a master's degree in public administration from N.C. State.

"There is no question. This will be a training ground for the future leaders of this state – no question," said Melissa Essary, dean of the Campbell law school.

Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law Campbell, N.C. State to train future public servants

It normally takes students five years to get both degrees, but the new partnership cuts that to four, university officials said.

"It saves them time, and it saves them money," said Jeff Braden, interim dean of N.C. State's College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Former Gov. Jim Hunt said he hopes that state government will soon be offering on-the-job training to students in the dual-degree program.

"You could be testing the theory against the reality," Hunt said.

It's the first time in North Carolina that universities have partnered to offer such a dual degree, officials said.

They credited the Campbell law school's move from Buies Creek to downtown Raleigh for the growth of the universities' relationship.

"We are so close now in proximity to N.C. State that this partnership has really come alive," Essary said.

"There's nothing like a partner that's right down the street," Braden said. "We could almost share parking."


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  • 6079 SMITH W Mar 8, 2010

    Could we maybe take a teensy look at having the leaders of government come from business schools instead of letting LAWYERS continue to run our ship of state over a cliff?

  • corey3rd Mar 8, 2010

    are students paying NC State or Campbell prices.

  • WHEEL Mar 8, 2010

    The big shots in Raleigh just don't get it. We have enough people producing paper work and red tape. What we need is someone producing something that uable.

  • bpjamesncsu Mar 8, 2010

    More government? No. Smarter government? Absolutely. Sounds like a great move.

  • Frizz Mar 8, 2010

    I was expecting something associated with Engineering Law or courses related to some sort of Forensic Science. More government anything is exactly what we DON'T need.

  • Tater Salad Returns Mar 8, 2010

    govt jobs merely pay people a stable wage and in turn create a life long public trough feeder who will never find a job in the private sector that pays as much

  • beckerunc Mar 8, 2010

    It may be a brilliant move, but do we really need more government administrators? We have all the brilliance in government we can take, and we certainly do not need more government workers claiming they are entitled to greater and greater salaries and benefits because of a degree. From a fiscal perspective, government salaries and benefits are bankrupting all levels of government.

  • wralgolo Mar 8, 2010

    That's a brilliant move by both parties.