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Dean Jack Boger
Jack Boger '74, dean and
Wade Edwards Distinguished
Professor of Law.

Welcome to the UNC School of Law Web site. I invite you to review the information on our site, to learn more about our community, and, as a prospective law student, to consider carefully the important decision that you are about to make. Carolina Law is a wonderful place to study law, and we hope during your search that you come to know why.

We are fortunate to have some of the nation's finest teachers and researchers -- national experts, leading scholars and life-changing mentors -- who make up the 20th strongest faculty in America according to the 2013 U.S. News survey. We annually draw to Chapel Hill many talented students from all over the world; they come from every background and arrive with every imaginable interest.

UNC School of Law was founded in 1845, as a part of the oldest public university in the nation, and since then has prepared generations of students for the practice of law. In this place, students learn the core subjects of the Anglo-American legal tradition and master more specialized areas of law -- banking and finance, environmental law, intellectual property and civil rights -- under the guidance of our seasoned faculty. Students supplement their academic work with extracurricular activities by participating in more than 55 student organizations. We do all of this wonderful work while maintaining our commitment to being 'truly public' and keeping our tuition affordable -- a goal abandoned by many other public law schools.

Moreover, we have a devoted base of alumni support from our more than 10,000 alumni living in more than 15 nations, all 50 of the United States and in 95 North Carolina counties. No matter the career path taken, our alumni share a collective gratitude for this school's role in shaping their professional careers.

I began my own legal career in Chapel Hill in the fall of 1971, and Carolina Law opened doors for me I never thought possible. I joined the litigation department of a major Manhattan law firm, clerked for the New York Supreme Court and worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., where I defended death row inmates in federal courts throughout the South and eventually led a legal program to address the challenges of racial discrimination and poverty. In 1990, I returned to Chapel Hill to join the faculty, and in 2006, became dean of Carolina Law. I am proud to be a graduate of this venerable institution, and I encourage you to explore the numerous opportunities it has to offer.

We hope you'll find yourself deciding to take this journey with us.

Very best regards,

John Charles Boger '74
Dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law

UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106

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