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.
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:
P.O. Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541
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
International applicants who are not U.S. citizens and who are not permanent U.S. residents must also be prepared to verify financial ability by submitting a Financial Certificate Form () and all required documentation upon admission.
Original bank statements should be current, original, and on bank letterhead or imprinted with an official seal or stamp with a signature of the bank official. If you use letters of guarantee from parents or sponsors they should be current, original, specifically designated for the applicant to study at UNC-Chapel Hill and must be accompanied by an original bank statement indicating sufficient funding for at least the first year's expenses.
Please submit the form and documentation as early as possible to allow adequate time for the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office to process the form and issue the requested documents. It is your responsibility to initiate this process.
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 () and the North Carolina Residency Form (). Please complete and submit the forms with your application materials to the School of Law Office of Admissions.