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NOTE: The information on this page is specifically for J.D. applicants. LL.M. applicants should visit the LL.M. applicants section of this site.


Application Materials

International applicants, defined as non-U.S. citizens, are required to submit the same materials as any prospective student, as outlined in J.D. Applicants, in addition to:

  • TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Foreign transcripts / J.D. CAS
  • Residency status supplemental form (if applicable)

TOEFL or IELTS Score

International applicants whose native language is not English must provide TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores that demonstrate a fluency in English.

Our goal scores for the TOEFL are 600 on the traditional paper-based test (PBT), 250 on the computer-based test (CBT) and 100 on the Internet-based test (IBT). The TOEFL score may be waived if you obtained a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. university. For more information about the exam, contact TOEFL:

TOEFL
P.O. Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541
609.921.9000

The target IELTS score is 7.0. For more information about the exam, contact IELTS.

Foreign Transcripts / J.D. CAS

UNC School of Law requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC J.D. Credential Assembly Service (J.D. CAS). If you completed any post-secondary work outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. This service is included in the CAS subscription fee.

A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report. If you need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, you must contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL or IELTS score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL/IELTS code for the J.D. Credential Assembly Service is 8395. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your LSDAS law school report.

To use the J.D. CAS, log in to your LSAC online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to the institution. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts.

Financial Certificate Form

All non-resident aliens will be assigned To-Do List items in ConnectCarolina shortly after admission. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) will send you an email with instructions for how to complete the items. Please note that you’ll need both your ONYEN and your PID. Even if you do not need a Form I-20, you will need to log in to ConnectCarolina and answer the questions accordingly. Remember to keep all originals of your documents, and submit all required paperwork electronically early to allow adequate time for OISSS and government agency processing. You may contact OISSS by email (oisss@unc.edu) or by phone at 919.962.5661.

Residency Status Supplemental Form

Individuals who are not U.S. citizens must have certain visas and/or approved forms to show that they have the capacity to establish and maintain a domicile in North Carolina. If you think you qualify for residency in North Carolina, you must fill out the Residency Status Supplemental Form (PDF) and the North Carolina Residency Form (PDF). Please complete and submit the forms with your application materials to the School of Law Office of Admissions.

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