Admired by judges and lawyers nationwide.
Carolina Law is ranked 19th in reputation among lawyers and judges according to the latest U.S. News & World Report's edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." This ranking is considered one of the most important measures of law schools, since it is taken from the people with whom you will likely be working upon graduation. And you can rest assured Carolina Law is listed consistently among the very best schools in the eyes of these professional leaders.
High promise. Low debt.
An unrivaled legal education combined with low debt upon graduation means you can go anywhere from here. Our law students accrue the lowest debt among graduates of any top-ranked law school, private or public. We also offer nearly 250 annual scholarships, totaling more than $2 million, which means you won’t be left with a debt-load that could limit your career choices. A Carolina Law degree means you can set your professional goals with confidence in your peerless legal education and the peace of mind that low educational debt ensures.
A broad legal education.
Carolina Law offers a rigorous and broad legal education, applicable in many fields. From banking law to family law, Carolina Law helps our students build a solid professional foundation that prepares them for a wide variety of career opportunities upon graduation. Our graduates leave here prepared to practice anywhere, from Main Street to Wall Street.
Practical skills training.
Law schools nationwide are faced with the need for more practical skills-building opportunities. At Carolina Law, our offerings — more than 100 available externships, five clinical programs, five journals, 50 student organizations, a robust pro bono program, and numerous trial advocacy and mock trial programs — ensure that our students leave here with the professional experience to prepare them for a successful legal career.
We boast some of the nation's finest teachers and researchers, who make up the 20th strongest faculty in America, according to the most recent U.S. News survey. As scholars, our faculty members are world-renowned experts in banking and corporate law, civil rights, criminal law, environmental law, health law, intellectual property and other specialties. As teachers, they are lifelong mentors. Their doors are open, and they regularly invite students to participate in their research and practice.
A devoted alumni network.
With nearly 10,000 living alumni practicing in all 50 states and numerous foreign nations, our students benefit from a deep cadre of colleagues in the field. This large network of engaged Carolina Law graduates helps our students make connections, find jobs and grow professionally. Our alumni love to return to campus to participate in panel discussions, skills-building workshops, job interviews, lectures and more.
A commitment to public service.
Students interested in public interest careers will find a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. Many graduates choose to become district attorneys, public defenders or attorneys in nonprofit and governmental organizations. Our student-managed Pro Bono Program has earned national honors for its work. Whether they pursue a career in public service or in the private sector, our graduates give back to their communities.
The Carolina Law family.
The collegial atmosphere among the student body is consistently cited by Carolina Law students as one of the best aspects of their experience here. With a reputation for being friendly and supportive, our students treat each other as colleagues, not competitors. We also offer a student body diverse in races, religions, sexual orientations and lifestyles. Our students’ backgrounds vary widely: they come from the military and the Peace Corps; from rural farms and big cities. These differences help to create stronger, more aware lawyers and advocates.
A healthy quality of life.
Chapel Hill is called "the Southern Part of Heaven" for a reason: abundant outdoor activities, a vibrant music scene and a lively downtown. Nearby Raleigh and Durham, plus the Research Triangle Park, offer a range of legal opportunities, cultural events, and more. Carolina Law was ranked No. 7 on The National Jurists’ magazine list of “Best Law Schools for Standard of Living.” Forbes listed Raleigh as No. 1 on its list of "Best Metro Areas for Business and Careers." According to Forbes: “Job seekers get it: The net migration rate to Raleigh was the second highest in the U.S. over the past five years.” The secret is out.
Engagement with contemporary and global issues.
Our students and faculty work daily on the most pressing issues of our time: banking and finance law and regulation, civil rights and access to justice, intellectual property management, international law, environmental adaptation and more. These issues are addressed in the classroom and in hallway debates, helping our students become strong leaders and fair-minded, ethical global citizens.