Charlotte School of Law Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
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(3.84 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 33 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 931
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: ---
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 29% part-time, 71% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $34,698 - $42,914 out-of-state
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2.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

Student Profile: 36 years old, part-time worker. Spouse working full-time. Two children 5 years old and 4 years old. Homeowner in the Charlotte Metro area. 30 credits away from completing a 120 credit part-time JD-MBA. Pros: (1) Smaller, newer program in the Queen City. Everyone from administration to faculty to staff to support to students know each other. Very easy to make good friends. Good people all around. (2) Professors have a genuine passion for teaching the next generation of legal professionals. (3) Program is constantly changing to meet the goal of preparing practice-ready attorneys. (4) Building is not a typical "school" building. Located in an office tower in the heart of downtown. Building security is very professional and communicates well with all concerning issues that may arise from these circumstances. (5) Financial aid very easy to work with. (6) IT network and staff are excellent. (7) Library staff is excellent. Printing fee ($40 debit per semester to start) is very competitive with other law programs. Cons: (8) Newer school of law (ABA accredited within last 10 years), therefore subject to actual bias by future employers (personal experience). Has recently been the subject of unsubstantiated hack jobs in some supposed "journals" and "magazines"-apparently, reputation within the legal profession is still building upwards. (9) There have been many changes since I've started in 2013. The president has changed, assistant/associate professors move in and out, and the program is adjusted nearly every semester. My graduation requirements (classes, credits, etc.) would have changed a handful of times were they not grandfathered in. (10) School is in the heart of downtown Charlotte, surrounded by large law firms, but few of the firms have relationships with school's career development center. (11) If not a Charlotte resident, rent downtown for a 2 BR within walking distance will be $1500-$3000 - can be pricey. Parking can be had for $45-$100 a month. (12) School is for-profit - some may be turned off by $35K/year part-time and $40k/year full-time tuition for a degree that may not be well-regarded by potential employers. (13) I detest borrowing, but to support the family I bite the bullet. When your fallback outside of law is a full-time healthcare position earning ~$120,000/year, that may make it easier to pay back the $120,000 I've already borrowed. That being said, financial aid exceeding tuition + fees is much easier to obtain than in the other local school, UNCC. Charlottelaw has always maxed out my loans, and in that time one staff member (no longer here) actually gave me a heart-to-heart about borrowing more than I could afford. At UNCC, anything beyond actual tuition and fees warranted a month-long case review of my mortgage, daycare expenses, etc., before UNCC allowed me to borrow an amount deemed suitable to meet those needs.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

Charlotte School of Law is a great law school. I graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from SKKU in Seoul, which is currently ranked as the no. 1 university in South Korea. Many students transfer or attain additional degrees from the top schools in the US. I had been in the army, various professions for a number of years post graduation so I made the most rational choice to choose Charlotte School of Law because it offered me nearly free education to earn my Juris Doctor degree. Although I turned down many higher ranked law schools, I don't regret a single thing. Charlotte is a fast growing, beautiful, energetic, vibrant city with only one law school - Charlotte School of Law. It doesn't have the best reputation yet only because it's relatively new. But in time, it will be known as a prestigious institution because the level of students' competence and commitment is extremely high. The fact that it's the only law school in the largest city in the Carolinas draws many good students to the law school. And the proximity to all the large law firms and businesses will keep putting the graduates at an advantage over other law school graduates. It is true that Duke and UNC law graduates are preferred at the moment. It is understandable because they have been tested throughout time. But I am the living testament to the fact that a Charlotte Law student can do just as good or even better than the top law school graduates including Ivy League graduates. I have worked at two large law firms. I am currently working at the largest law office in Charlotte and I've been satisfying my bosses with my work products since the first year in law school. Yes, there are many students without a job lined-up but that's just the economy and the profession. Even Tier 1 graduates that I know have spent years unemployed. It's what you make of it. And Charlotte is a really good place to make something of yourself. Last but not least, the professors are just the best. I heard many stories about how the top law school professors can't be found because they're on the road making speeches and care not about their own students. I also know that the final exams are actually easier in some top ranked law schools because they want the students to get better grades. Not in our case. You will find the most committed and skilled teachers. All in all, I'd say I have no regrets.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

The school is still new but, it is very nice as well as accredited. The facility is top notch as well as the technology. This school offers so many opportunities to all of those that are accepted and I look forward to experiencing all that CSL has to offer.
3.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

Located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, Charlotte School of Law has been ranked, nationally, as 26th for diversity; this school is very diverse, as there are many students and professors from various cultural and professional backgrounds. Many of the professors are available to students and work to ensure that we will not only pass the bar, but also, leave the school to become great lawyers. There are many networking opportunities provided throughout the year, and the Center for Professional Development is constantly working to provide students with work and internship opportunities. However, because the school is so young, we are limited in our networks. The beginning of the semesters are quite hectic, as we do not receive our stipends until two weeks after the start of classes. The Financial Aid Department and Finance Department do all that they can given the situation, however, having to wait two weeks (three if you have a required immersion course), can put you in a difficult situation. Honestly, the school is not all that bad and there is a lot of potential for growth with this institution.
4.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2019

Charlotte School of Law is a great school that provides with the necessary tools for preparation and learning experience.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: A quality education for diverse and under privileged individuals with unrealized potential. Cons: Limited financial aid options
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

The school has a great new program for getting through law school and passing the bar and being practice ready.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2017

My ratings are based on attending the AAMPLE program. I will matriculate into the fall 2014 full-time program in a few weeks.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

I believe that following the LLM Program at Charlotte, School of Law is be a great experience, and would give me the opportunity to deeper understand the American way of life, and especially the American legal system. As a lawyer who truly enjoys working in international law, I believe this is the perfect opportunity to increase my knowledge and achieve my life goal, which is to be also a lawyer in the United States of America, and to work in the international law field, such as a liable between people from different countries with different cultures in a position of an international public server. Also, I would like to continue teaching, but with the new knowledge that I can get from my LLM studies. Even though, I would like that the program could offer more subjects of international law in human rights.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2016

The pros of this school include immense faculty and staff support. They have a great curriculum that prepares future lawyers for the field by providing significant opportunities in clinics, pro bono projects, trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and advance writing courses. Additionally, the school provides immersion courses that will give you a taste of how to negotiate deals, prepare and draft office memos, advocacy, and contract drafting. Diversity is a plus at this school. Overall, school is great for those looking to gain legal training or would like to be practice ready. The school also provides tremendous resources for those interested in solo practice. The cons include high tuition, expensive parking (due to the school being located in the city), and technology is so-so.
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