Admission to the UNC School of Law is very competitive. The Office of Admission may receive as many as 3,500 applications for 250 seats. Those who apply to Carolina Law are considered to be among the top students in North Carolina, the nation and the world.
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 Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). (The LSAT/LSDAS 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.
Register with the Credential Assembly Service-CAS (formerly the Law School Data Assembly Service-LSDAS)
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 2013 LSAT, we encourage all students to take one of the earlier exams so that your application is completed in a timely fashion. We will also accept the June 2013 LSAT, but please note that you will be competing for a seat on the waitlist.
2012-2013 Test Dates
- Monday, June 11, 2012
- Saturday, October 6, 2012
- Saturday, December 1, 2012
- Saturday, February 9, 2013
- Monday, June 10, 2013
Further information can be obtained by contacting the Law School Admission Council.
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
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 us to process your transcripts.
Transcripts should be mailed to:
Law School Admission Council
662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940-0993
Instructions from the LSAC site on how to request transcripts
Submit a Completed Application
Apply to the School of Law using the online application provided through LSAC (this is our preferred method of 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 and all required essays or explanations must be received by the March 9, 2013 deadline. Credential Assembly Service (formerly Law School Data Assembly Service - LSDAS) materials do not need to be received by the law school by March 1, 2013 but your file will be incomplete until they are received.
Online Application through LSAC
Download PDF version of Application
Letters of Recommendation
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 recommenders 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. All letters must be submitted through the Credential Assembly Service.
Instructions from the LSAC site on how to complete the letters of recommendation
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.