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Application Requirements

Applicants should demonstrate:

  • Academic excellence in their performance securing their initial law degree with an average grade of B/3.0 or its equivalent
  • Proficiency in English, with a minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the internet-based test format (iBT), or a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

Preference is given to foreign lawyers who have practiced law for at least two years. Applicants are required to participate in an in-person, or Skype interview.

The inaugural LL.M. class with Professor Michael Corrado

Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for its Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form (PDF)
  • Transcripts in English from all colleges, universities and law schools from which they received a degree, including one showing a first degree in law (equivalent to a J.D. or an LL.B. degree) from an accredited educational institution outside the United States
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An official TOEFL/IELTS test score (there are some situations where a waiver could be granted--e.g., university study in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and a few other specific situations.)
  • A personal statement that includes reasons for interest in the LL.M. degree and qualifications for admission to the program
  • A non-refundable $75 application fee

The application fee must accompany all applications. It may be paid by check in U.S. dollars, made out to "UNC School of Law" and mailed to the law school address below. The application fee may also be paid online.

The opening and closing application dates for each year's application cycle are October 15 - May 31. Applications received after May 31 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.  

Important Reminder

LSAC’s best practices guidelines state that LL.M. applicants have until April 1 to accept or decline admission and scholarship offers from US law schools. Students are also free to decline offers of admission in favor of a new offer. LSAC states: “… no law school should require an enrollment commitment of any kind to an offer of admission or scholarship prior to April 1. Law schools should pursue policies that enable all candidates to make informed decisions and consider options at schools that may have later application deadlines than their own” (LSAC’s Statement of Good Admission and Financial Aid Practices for LLM Programs (PDF), page 3).

Address all correspondence that is sent directly to UNC School of Law to:

UNC LL.M. Program in United States Law
Beverly A. Sizemore, Ph.D., Director
160 Ridge Road, CB # 3380
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-3380 (USA)
Telephone: +1.919.843.6247
Fax: +1.919.962.1277
E-mail: unc_ll.m.director@unc.edu

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