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To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Have, or expect to have, a bachelor's degree from a fully accredited college or university by the date of anticipated enrollment.
  • Have taken the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) within the last 5 years.
  • Register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). (The LSAT/CAS Information Book may be obtained on most campuses or from the Law School Admission Council.)

No particular curriculum, major or courses are required for admissions. Generally, the broadest possible educational background is recommended.

Application Procedures

Register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

UNC School of Law requires its applicants to register for the Credential Assembly Service, provided by the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). Your CAS registration includes law school report preparation, letter of recommendation and transcript processing, and access to electronic applications for all law schools accredited by the American Bar Association. There is a fee for this service, as well as a fee for each law school report.

Register with CAS online

After you register with CAS, you will need to submit the following information to LSAC for inclusion in your CAS report:

  • Copies of all undergraduate, graduate and law school transcripts
  • Copies of letters of recommendation, if processed by LSAC

Once you've submitted all transcripts and recommendation letters to LSAC, you can then submit your application and non-refundable $75.00 application fee to us. Upon receipt of your application, your CAS report will automatically be submitted to us for consideration with your other application materials.

The CAS service is effective for five years from your initial registration date. Please note, however, that if you register for a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) at any time during your initial five-year period, the CAS service will be extended five years from your latest LSAT registration.

Take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

All applicants for admission are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). UNC School of Law accepts test scores up to five years old. For applicants with multiple test scores, the policy at UNC Law is to base our admissions decision on the highest of the LSAT scores. Although we will accept the February LSAT, we encourage all students to take one of the earlier exams so that your application is completed in a timely fashion. Please note that if you have a pending LSAT test date or unreported score, your file will be held as incomplete and will be ineligible for review.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Law School Admission Council.

Submit Your Transcripts to LSAC

After you register for the CAS, you must have a separate transcript sent to LSAC from each undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended. Transcripts you should send include:

  • Undergraduate and graduate schools
  • Law/medical/professional schools
  • Schools attended for summer or evening courses
  • Schools attended even though a degree was never received
  • Schools from which you took college-level courses while in high school even though they were for high school credit
  • Schools that sponsored your exchange or cooperative program abroad if credit is not indicated on your undergraduate transcript

Transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions attended. Transcripts issued to you or sent by you will be returned unprocessed. Most schools charge a fee for forwarding transcripts. Allow two weeks from the time of receipt for LSAC to process your transcripts.

Transcripts should be mailed to:

Law School Admission Council
662 Penn Street
Box 2000-M
Newtown, PA 18940-0993

Instructions from the LSAC site on how to request transcripts

Identify Who Will Write Your Letters of Recommendation, Have Letters Sent to LSAC

Two letters of recommendation, reported through LSAC, are required in order for your application to be considered. A third letter of recommendation is optional. Please make sure that your recommendation writers use your full name (in addition to any nickname or other preferred name) when writing your letters of recommendation. It makes it easier to match the letters to your CAS report and your application file. Recommendations should be submitted through the Credential Assembly Service.

Instructions from the LSAC site on how to complete the letters of recommendation

Compose Your Personal Statement

Carolina Law requires that each applicant submit a personal statement. The personal statement provides prospective students an opportunity to share their perspectives on a number of specified topics. Please refer to the application for specific information regarding the personal statement requirement and the topics to be addressed. The personal statement should be double spaced and no less than 10 point type. The allowable number of pages is four total for the required questions and four pages total for the optional questions, for a possible maximum personal statement length of eight pages total.

Update Your Resume

Please limit your resume to no more than three pages.

Submit a Completed Application

Apply to the School of Law using the online application provided through LSAC (this is our preferred method for receiving applications) or the PDF version found on our website. If you are applying by mail, remember to sign and date the application form before returning it to the School of Law.

Applications must be received by the May 1 deadline.

Please allow yourself enough time to complete and submit all required application materials (and remember that LSAC and admissions office processing also takes time).

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