Business court to locate at Campbell law school

Posted March 27, 2009 11:56 a.m. EDT
Updated March 27, 2009 6:00 p.m. EDT

— Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law will become home to the Raleigh division of the North Carolina Business Court when the school opens downtown this fall, officials said Friday.

The move will make the school one of only a handful of law schools nationwide to house a working court within its facilities.

The North Carolina Business Court is a specialized forum of the state courts' trial division. The Supreme Court assigns cases involving complex and significant issues of corporate and commercial law to a special superior court judge who oversees resolution of all matters in the cases.

“The addition of the N.C. Business Court to Campbell Law’s new location in downtown Raleigh is tremendous,” law school Dean Melissa Essary said in a statement. “It gives our students the invaluable opportunity to utilize an on-site learning laboratory in which to observe attorneys in action as they argue their cases. It also provides greater visibility and interaction between the North Carolina State Bar and Campbell Law School.”

The first Business Court was established in 1996 in Greensboro. Courts in Raleigh and Charlotte were launched in 2005.

"Campbell’s new downtown facility will offer convenience to litigants in the Business Court and efficiencies in the administration of the court in the law school’s advocacy wing," Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker said in a statement. "It is a wonderful opportunity to help equip local law students with real-world experiences, which will ultimately make them better lawyers.”