Fall 2017 JD applications will be accepted beginning on October 1, 2016. Applications are accepted:
Electronically through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). This is the preferred method of receiving applications.
By mail, by printing an application from our website using Adobe Acrobat and submitting it.
Regardless of the method, applications (including all required essays or explanations, and all Credential Assembly Service materials) must be received by the law school by August 1, 2017.
Note: The information found on this page pertains to JD applicants only. For more information about the LL.M. program, please visit the
LL.M. Applicants webpage
To be considered for the Chancellors' Scholars Program and the full tuition scholarship that comes with it, applicants must apply by December 31, 2016. All admitted students will be considered for the remaining scholarships regardless of the date of application, however since award notifications usually accompany offers of admission, opportunities for scholarship are often better earlier in the application cycle. An additional application is not required for scholarship consideration.
Before your application can be considered, the Office of Admissions must have received:
Application form. The online application is our preferred method for receiving applications. When applying online, submission of the application is the equivalent of signing it. If you use the paper application found below, please make sure to sign it prior to submission.
Application fee in the amount of $75. Payment through LSAC is preferred.
Scores from every Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) taken before or after submission of the application and reported through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at the Law School Admission Council.
Transcripts of grades from all colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools attended, as reported and processed through CAS.
Two (2) letters of recommendation, as processed through CAS. A third letter of recommendation is optional.
Personal statement. The personal statement should be double-spaced and in no less than 10-point type. Please limit your responses to four full pages for the required questions and four additional pages for the optional questions.
Resume. The resume may be up to three pages.
Supplemental application. Once all required E-App and CAS report materials are processed, you will receive an email inviting you to complete your supplemental application. Your residency for tuition purposes determination will be based upon responses gathered in your supplemental application. Once your supplemental application is processed, your law school application will be complete and eligible for review.
LSAC Evaluation Service (optional). We will review up to two evaluations if you have them, however will not accept them in lieu of the letters of recommendation.
Completed paper applications and required materials should be sent to:
UNC School of Law
Office of Admissions
Campus Box 3380
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
Apply Electronically Through LSAC
Apply to the UNC School of Law Using the LSAC E-Application
The electronic application option* is provided in partnership with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
If you apply to the UNC School of Law using the LSAC electronic application, LSAC will:
Provide you with an online version of the school's current application form.
Provide you with the ability to write, store and send additional required materials, such as your resume, personal statement and extended/supplementary answers to questions.
Provide the school with an electronic version of your application once you have completed and submitted it. LSAC will also print and send a paper copy of your application to the School of Law by the next business day following your completion and submission of the application.
Provide you with information about the status of the LSAC process (but not the School of Law's admission process) using LSAC's online status service.
NOTE: Submitting the application electronically means you have agreed to all of the agreements in the directions and on the last page of the application. Submitting it electronically serves as the signature on the honor system page as well.
Print an Application
2017-2018 First Year Application () | Download Adobe Acrobat Reader
2016-2017 Transfer/Visitor Application () (deadline for Fall 2017 TBD)
Please note that UNC School of Law does not provide paper copies of the application. If you wish to apply by mail (the electronic application is preferred), complete the application, sign it and mail it to the address above.
Qualifications for Admission to the Bar
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.