Our goal is that all alumni feel supported during the
registration, studying, and taking of their respective bar examination after
graduating from UNC Law. Faculty and staff work to provide an excellent set of
programs and services to help students prepare and pass.
Assistance with Applying for the Bar Exam Including the Character and Fitness Portion
Sessoms and Lisa Johnson in the registrar’s office handle dean’s certifications. For all other questions regarding applying to the bar exam or
the character and fitness portion of the bar exam, contact assistant dean of student services, John Kasprzak.
information on taking the NC Bar exam for alumni transferring from other
states, contact John Kasprzak at 919.843.9076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistance with Studying for the Bar Exam
The SOAR program offers weekly workshops throughout the
summer on critical non-doctrinal preparation topics, such as essay
exam-writing, time management and relaxation. In addition, SOAR connects former
students to each other, to information about the North Carolina State Bar and
to practice exercises online through Blackboard. The SOAR director is also
available to meet with students who are struggling in their preparation or who
would like to have practice essay questions reviewed for their effectiveness.
For alumni taking the July bar exam in
North Carolina, the alumni development office hosts an onsite lunch during the
testing break of both days and at both locations. The lunch provides a comfortable air
conditioned space for test-takers, and relieves the stress of packaging or
purchasing lunches on the exam dates.
Managing Bar-Related Expenses
For most students, their law school
education culminates in the bar exam. It’s important to consider the expenses associated with the bar exam
before graduation: you don’t want to
worry about your cash flow while trying to study. Bar exam fees vary greatly,
depending on the state. For most recent
graduates taking the North Carolina Bar, you’ll pay $825 in application and
laptop fees. Many students decide to enroll in a bar review course. This cost also fluctuates depending on the
program (and state) but could easily cost $2,000-$4,000. While preparing for the
bar, you need to know how much money you have coming in and how much money
you’re paying out. This spending plan will
give you an idea of costs to consider, including things you’ve already
considered (like mortgage or rent) and some things you may not have remembered
(like insurance). If you have more expenses
than income, you’ll want to consider making adjustments to your spending or
finding additional sources of income.
Seeking Bar Loans
If you need to finance costs associated
with the bar exam – bar exam fees, bar review course fees, living expenses
while you’re studying for the bar – you may consider applying for a bar
loan. Bar loans are private loans
specifically for law students and recent law graduates. As a private loan, your credit history and
credit score are used to determine approval and interest rate. Depending on your credit, you may require a
co-signer for approval – or may want a co-signer for a lower interest rate. At
least four lending institutions offer a bar loan. Apply on your chosen lender’s website, and
UNC School of Law will be notified to confirm your student status. Once the loan has been processed by the
lender, you will receive the funds directly (not through ConnectCarolina).