At a Glance
- Virtual Justice Broadband Project
- Virtual Legal Aid
- Virtual Classrooms
North Carolina Central University Reinvents the Law School Experience by Delivering 23,000 Hours of Distance Learning
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law is providing students and non-students alike with innovative educational services via video collaboration. Over 5,000 students and private citizens have consumed more than 23,000 hours of NCCU’s virtual legal services and distance learning over the past three years.
NCCU’s Virtual Justice Broadband Project delivers legal education to students throughout North Carolina. The project offers virtual access to courses from NCCU School of Law for students at Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Winston-Salem State University.
Virtual Legal Aid is a clinical legal education program available at 17 Legal Aid of North Carolina offices, three Pisgah Legal Services offices, and two mediation centers, offering people across the state virtual access to staff attorneys. The attorneys provide legal information and advice on issues such as home foreclosure, child custody, and avoiding the criminal justice system.
Virtual Classrooms leverage video collaboration to offer eight virtual courses for NCCU students pursuing law degrees, as well as two undergraduate courses for students considering legal careers.
“We’re just getting started [with video collaboration],” said Greg Clinton, director of information technology and facilities at the NCCU School of Law. “[We] plan to partner with universities all over the country to enable students from nearly any school to study law at NCCU. In fact, we’re already moving down that road with a Justice in the Practice of Law certificate program that is open to students from any school via virtual classes.”
“The Virtual Justice Broadband Project has allowed us to teach courses to undergraduates interested in attending law school, as well as students from law schools across the nation. NCCU is ahead of the curve when it comes to using technology to educate future lawyers,” said Wendy Scott, professor of law at NCCU.