University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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The School of Law at University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill has an application deadline of March 1. The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill is $75. Its tuition is full-time: $22,215 per year (in-state) and full-time: $38,846 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 11.9:1. The School of Law at University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill has 75 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

At the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill School of Law, students take a required courseload in their first year and choose most of their own courses in their second and third years. Law students can also take courses not offered at UNC at either the Duke University Law School or North Carolina Central University School of Law. The UNC Law School offers dual degrees including a J.D./M.A. in Sports Administration through the university’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science; a J.D./M.B.A. through the Kenan-Flagler Business School; and J.D./Master of Public Policy through the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy.

Students can get hands-on training helping clients at the School of Law’s clinics, which include the Juvenile Justice Clinic and the Community Development Law Clinics. The UNC School of Law also offers a semester externship program that places students with lawyers and judges around the community and a Pro Bono Program that coordinates student service projects. There are more than 45 student organizations to join at Carolina Law, as well as several legal journals including the North Carolina Law Review, the First Amendment Law Review, and the North Carolina Banking Institute Journal. About 70 percent of law students are North Carolina residents, and students are encouraged to live on the university’s campus in Chapel Hill.

Notable alumni of the UNC School of Law include Henry Frye, the first black chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and Marion Cowell, Jr., former executive vice president, secretary, and general counsel of banking giant First Union Corp. (now Wachovia Corp.).

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Year founded 1843
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee $0
Admissions phone (919) 962-5109
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 75
Student-faculty ratio 11.9:1
Total faculty 92

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 720
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 248


Tuition and fees

full-time: $22,215 per year (in-state)
full-time: $38,846 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $15,764


Employed at graduation2 44.9%
Median private sector starting salary $115,000
Median public service starting salary $57,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 557,664

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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