University of North Carolina School of Law

Today’s featured law school is the University of North Carolina School of Law. During the program you will hear from the Assistant Dean for Admissions, Michael States, and a student in the 2012 graduating class, Christine Deaver.

The U.S. News & World Report ranks UNC Law 28th in its most recent law school rankings. The school currently has a full-time enrollment of 735 students. Tuition during the 2010-2011 school year for in-state residents was around $16,000 and a little over $28,000 for out-of-state students. In 2010, UNC Law received over 2,900 applications and had an acceptance rate of 14%. For the incoming class of 2013, the median LSAT score was 162 and the median GPA was 3.58.

Assistant Dean States starts his comments by explaining, although most law schools exhibit the same characteristics, his school tries to accomplish things that make it school unique, and says that UNC Law aims to be the best public law school possible. For those seeking admission to the school, he encourages students to read closely and ensure they are following directions very closely on their application; UNC Law’s application asks for very specific things, and Dean States says it is obvious when students simply copy from other applications. He finishes his comments by advising potential law school students to make a list of all the things they want in a law school—and then strive to find the school that satisfies as much of that list as possible.

Our UNC Law student perspective comes from 3L Christina Deaver. Deaver says the “Carolina family” is her favorite aspect of UNC Law, and goes on to say that a large aspect of why UNC Law is a great place to attend law school is the ample amount of opportunities for students to be involved on campus. She says there is something for everyone on campus–pro bono projects, of which there are plenty, are her personal favorites. Deaver finishes her comments by underscoring the importance of visiting the schools you are interested, and encouraging potential applicants to come by and check out UNC Law.

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