We want to make sure that alumni of UNC Law know what they
need to become and maintain status as active attorneys in their state. A number
of health and wellness resources are also available to UNC Law graduates,
provided by both the law school and outside organizations.
Professional Organizations & Continuing Legal Education
Active attorneys are required to be members of the mandatory bar in their
state. General requirements include paying annual membership dues and
earning continuing legal education credits. Attorneys practicing in North
Carolina are required to be members of the North Carolina State Bar, as well as
the local bar association associated with the judicial district in which the
attorney is practicing.
Voluntary bar associations also provide helpful resources to
attorneys. A few of these resources include networking activities,
listservs for practice groups, and discounts on CLEs. Many of these
associations offer discounts on membership dues for young attorneys.
Attorneys practicing in North Carolina must satisfy Annual CLE requirements. There are similar requirements in other states. Most mandatory and
voluntary bars provide information on CLE course offerings.
Mental Health Services
a confidential, short-term intervention program provided cost-free to UNC School of Law alumni for up to a year
after graduation. The program is there to help you by providing
confidential assistance and brief, solution-oriented counseling. BarCARES is
designed to offer no-cost assistance in dealing with problems that might be
causing distress and can be used to help with:
Personal Issues: crisis intervention, depression/anxiety, substance abuse (drug or alcohol) and financial concerns
Family Issues: marriage/relationships, children/adolescents, parenting/family conflict
Work Issues: professional stressors, case-related stress and conflict resolution
Student coaching on stress/time management, etc.
Only you, your counselor and anyone you
choose to tell will know if you use the BarCARES program. The counselors are
licensed professionals, bound by the confidentiality requirements of their
Although the North Carolina Bar
Association, local bar groups and law schools provide funding for the BarCARES
program and monitor its overall operation, they have no access to the names or
other identifying information of any program user.
NC Lawyer Assistance Program
Assistance Program (LAP) is available to alumni who are licensed in North Carolina. NC LAP is a
service of the North Carolina State Bar which provides free, confidential
assistance to lawyers and judges in addressing a variety of issues that may
impair one’s ability to effectively practice law. The most common issues
lawyers and judges face, include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety,
anger management, grief, drug and alcohol problems, stress, burnout, compassion
fatigue, trauma, process addictions, and over functioning. NC LAP is a program
designed by lawyers for lawyers. NC LAP has assisted thousands of lawyers over
the years to overcome these issues and return to a satisfying and balanced life
and law practice. Services are free, covered by annual State Bar dues. All communications
are strictly confidential; by rule communications are subject to the attorney
client privilege. If you are concerned about something happening in your life
or the life of a colleague, call NC LAP to confidentially explore how NC LAP
might assist. For Charlotte and areas west call 704.910.2310; for the Piedmont
region call 919.719.9290; for Raleigh and areas east call 919.719.9267.