The LL.M. program begins with a mandatory orientation program approximately two weeks before the first official day of law school classes. It provides each LL.M. student with a personal introduction to the law school, the administration, the UNC campus resources, and to the local and regional area. Additionally, this orientation serves as an important period to front-load the LL.M. classes: Foundations in United States Common Law and United States Legal Research Writing. This gives students a head start to prepare them for their other classes with JD students. This also allows LL.M. students to finish these classes before exams in their other classes begin.
The academic schedule for the UNC LL.M. in United States Law program follows the annual academic calendar of the law school, with the exception of the orientation program. The law school's academic calendar can differ from that of the general UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts & Sciences calendar so be sure to follow the dates on the law school website. The fall semester starts in late August and ends in mid-December. The spring semester starts in early January and ends in early May. Graduation is mid-May.