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UNC School of Law accepts transfer students for full time study only (at least nine credit hours).

The University of North Carolina School of Law does not accept transfer applications from students currently enrolled at North Carolina Central University School of Law because it is North Carolina’s other public law school, and we share inter-institutional programs.

Files will otherwise be evaluated using the standards below.

Eligibility, Requirements & Process

Applicants must have successfully completed one year of full time study or the equivalent number of credit hours in part time study, at a law school approved by the Association of American Law Schools or the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. No more than 30 credits of work from another law school will be credited. No student will be admitted who is ineligible to return to the institution last attended.

UNC School of Law will accept up to 30 transfer credit hours. These credits are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the associate dean for academic affairs who reviews the transcript, makes the determination and notifies students before they enroll what courses will be accepted for transfer credit. The criteria for transfer credit hours include that:

  1. The student must have received a grade of "C" or better in the courses at the original school
  2. The courses must either be courses that are typical first-year courses or law school courses in which an upper level student would receive credit at UNC

After enrolling, transfer students may take no more than 11 additional hours of ungraded courses at UNC.

Application

Transfer applicants are most competitive for admission if their records indicate that they would have been eligible for acceptance as a first-year student. Transfer students should be performing superior academic work at their current law school.

Transfer candidates must submit the following:

  • Application for admission (PDF). After May 1, 2015 electronic applications are available at http://www.lsac.org/.
  • $75 application fee
  • An updated CAS (formerly LSDAS) report, evidencing your matriculation in law school
  • A letter of good standing from the associate dean for academic affairs at your current law school; the letter of good standing should be written only once all grades for the first year have been reported
  • An official transcript, sent directly to the Office of Admissions, from your law school, reflecting law courses completed and grades received; the transcript should include all grades for the first year
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement of the reason for the proposed transfer, in lieu of the personal statement
  • A resume or comprehensive listing of experience and achievement

Important Dates

We will begin accepting applications for transfer applicants for Fall 2015 on May 1, 2015. The application deadline is June 30, 2015, and grades for courses completed after that date must be submitted to the Office of Admissions as soon as they are available. Admissions decisions regarding transfer applications are typically made after mid-July.

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