NOTE: The information on this page is specifically for J.D. applicants. LL.M. applicants should visit the FAQs page of the LL.M. applicants section of this site.
1. When do you begin accepting applications?
October 1, 2016.
2. What is your application deadline?
Our priority application deadline is March 1. Applications, all required essays or explanations, and all Credential Assembly Service materials must be be electronically submitted (or postmarked) by August 1, 2017. Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships are strongly encouraged to apply by December 31. We will continue to admit people from the waitlist throughout the course of the late spring and summer, including until the first day of orientation if necessary.
3. I know that the application deadline is August 1. Does this mean that I must submit all of my application materials by then?
4. Do you have an early decision program?
5. Is it possible to enroll as a new or transfer student during the spring semester?
6. Do I need to be a North Carolina resident to attend Carolina Law?
7. How large is each entering class?
Approximately 215 students.
8. How many applications does Carolina Law receive?
Approximately 1,500 annually.
9. What is your minimum LSAT requirement?
We do not have a minimum LSAT requirement, however the median LSAT for our Fall 2016 entering class was 161. We do not have a minimum GPA requirement, however one typically needs to have high grades. The median GPA for our Fall 2016 entering class was 3.51. Of course, when evaluating an applicant's undergraduate GPA, the Admissions Committee considers many factors, including trends in one's grades over the course of his or her academic career, how one's grades compare to the grades of his or her peers from the same undergraduate institution, the difficulty of one's undergraduate institution and/or degree program, and whether one was employed while in school.
10. Do I need to have a certain major to apply for law school?
Carolina Law does not require that its students have a specific major in college. In fact, our Fall 2016 entering class represented over 45 different undergraduate majors. We do suggest having a well rounded education that allowed you to develop critical and analytical thinking, reading comprehension, writing, and communication skill and ability.
11. How much does it cost to apply?
The application fee is $75.
12. When should I take the LSAT?
The LSAT is offered four times a year in February, June, September/October and December. The ideal time for taking the LSAT is the June or September/October test administration prior to the fall in which you wish to enroll. To be most competitive for Fall 2017 admission, applicants should take the LSAT no later than December 2016.
13. I'm not able to take the LSAT until February or June. Can I still apply?
As long as your application is submitted by the August 1, 2017 deadline, you may still apply to Carolina Law. Keep in mind, however, that the later you apply (and the later your LSAT score becomes available), the fewer the number of available seats. Please note that we will also accept the June 2017 LSAT. Files will remain incomplete until all pending LSAC scores are received.
14. I have more than one LSAT score. How will that be viewed?
For applicants who have two LSAT scores, the policy at Carolina Law is to base our admissions decisions on the highest score. If you have more than two scores, we will decide on a case by case basis whether to use the highest or the average score. Despite this, we generally advise prospective students against taking the LSAT more than once, unless there are extenuating circumstances that caused the student to perform poorly during prior LSAT administrations.
15. I took the LSAT several years ago. Is my score still valid?
Carolina Law will accept LSAT scores that are up to five years old.
16. How should I submit my application?
There are two ways to apply to Carolina Law. We prefer that you may electronically using the e-application process provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), however if you are unable to apply online you may print the PDF application form found on our website and submit it by mail.
17. Whom should I get to write my letters of recommendation?
People who know you well, who think highly of you, and who can speak to your academic and/or professional achievements, your leadership potential, your time management and organization skills, your critical and analytical thinking skills, etc. If you are enrolled in school or have graduated a year or less prior to the date of applying to the School of Law, one of your letters must be from one of your professors.
18. How much is tuition?
For the 2016-2017 academic year, the resident tuition and fees are $23,551, while the nonresident tuition and fees are $40,182. Carolina Law is a great value at both the resident and non-resident rate. Our students receive an excellent education in a supportive atmosphere.
19. How do I qualify for resident tuition?
To qualify as a resident of North Carolina for application purposes, an applicant must have established a legal residence in North Carolina at least 365 days prior to the application date. Questions to determine legal residence are completed as part of the supplemental application for admission. Depending on these responses, an applicant may be asked to complete the full North Carolina Residency Form before a final determination can be made. Residency decisions will only be made in conjunction with an application for admission. It is not possible to have a residency determination made prior to the submission of an application.
To qualify as a resident of North Carolina for tuition purposes, an applicant must have established a legal residence in North Carolina at least 365 days prior to the start of classes. If an applicant's residency changes from nonresident to resident at any point leading up to the start of classes, he or she may submit the full North Carolina Residency Form requesting reclassification. Students who do not qualify for in-state tuition beginning in the first-year fall term may re-petition for in-state status for any term thereafter. Dates for submitting reclassification requests are found on the Residency Information page.
Residency for admissions purposes is based upon an applicant's bona fide domicile, but there are in-state/resident tuition benefits available for those who qualify (e.g. active duty military permanently stationed in NC). Please consult the NC State Residence Classification Manual for further details.
20. How much do books cost?
Carolina Law students spend approximately $1,442 each academic year for case books and other required materials.
21. Are scholarships available?
There is a limited number of merit-based scholarships available to students. The law school's highest merit-based award is the Chancellors Scholarship, a renewable scholarship covering tuition and fees, that is awarded to a small number of students in each first-year class. Those applicants wishing to be considered for the Chancellors' Scholarship need to submit their applications by December 31, 2016. There is no separate scholarship application--all applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Most Carolina Law students use loans to supplement or completely cover the cost of their legal education. View additional information about financing your education.
22. Can I visit the law school?
Prospective students are welcome to plan a visit. You may schedule an appointment to meet with an admissions representative; meet with a financial aid representative; tour the building (student-led during the academic year); and/or observe a first-year class.
23. Are deferrals available?
Two year deferrals are granted for Teach for America, Peace Corps, and AmeriCorps. Otherwise, one year deferrals are available on a case-by-case basis. To obtain a deferral, a written request must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
24. Does Carolina Law offer dual degree programs?
Carolina Law offers the following eleven dual degree programs:
J.D./Master of Arts in Mass Communication
J.D./Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication
J.D./Master of Business Administration
J.D./Master in Public Health
J.D./Master of Regional Planning
J.D./Master of Public Administration
J.D./Master of Arts in Sports Administration
J.D./Master of Science in Library Science
J.D./Master of Science in Information Science
J.D./Master of Social Work
J.D./Master of Public Policy in conjunction with the Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University
Our law students do not have the option to customize their own dual degree programs. Each program within any of our dual degrees has its own independent admissions process. Consequently, applicants interested in pursing a dual degree must apply to each program separately. Admission into one program has no impact on admission into the other program.
25. Do you conduct interviews?
While we do not conduct applicant interviews that affect the admissions decision, applicants are certainly welcome to make an appointment to visit the law school and meet with an admissions staff member to gain additional information and have their questions answered.
26. Does Carolina Law offer a part-time or evening program of study?
No, there is no part-time or evening program at Carolina Law. Our program of study is strictly for full-time law students.