UNC Law School

General Info

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The University of North Carolina School of Law is a professional school within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Established in 1845, UNC Law is among the oldest law schools in the nation. It is consistently ranked in the top-tier of law schools, and its 2008 US News and World Report ranking is 36. With an average J.D. class size of 235, the law school has just over 700 students at any time, and retains a 16.9 student-faculty ratio. Attracted by the school's reputation and its affordable in-state tuition, admissions are highly competitive. For the 2006 class, only 14.5% of applicants were accepted, with median LSAT score of 162 and a median GPA of 3.60. Minorities represent 28% of the entering class, and nearly half of the class is comprised of females. At least 75% of each incoming class is from North Carolina, although roughly 75% of applications are from out-of-state.

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UNC Law School Admissions

UNC Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 45% of its applicants. Comparatively, Unc is Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1442 643 (44.59%) 224 (15.5%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.31 3.49 3.68
LSAT 160 161 164

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $23,041 $39,672
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $23,520
  • Living off-campus: $23,520
  • Living at home: $9,710

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $75

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UNC Law School Community

UNC Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Unc is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 50
  • Part Time: 31


  • # Female Faculty: 41
  • # Minority Faculty: 13


13.1 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

UNC Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. UNC Law School 1L section size is 6% larger than law schools in North Carolina and 9% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

UNC Law School: 145
North Carolina Average: 136
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 874
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 62

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 142
  • Law Journals: 236
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 6.5%
  • Second Year: 1.3%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

UNC Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The UNC Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 86% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 70.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 48.0%
  • Business: 16.0%
  • Government: 12.0%
  • Public Interest: 7.0%
  • Academia: 4.0%
  • North Carolina: 68%
  • New York: 5%
  • District of Columbia: 5%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 70.9%
  • First Time Takers: 227
  • Average School: 88.2%
  • Average State: 69.1%
  • Pass Difference: 19.1%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • North Carolina: 69.1%
  • Passed: 142 of 161 (88.2%)
  • State Average: 69.1%
  • Difference: 19.1%