School of Law

Carolina Law was founded in 1845 and is North Carolina’s oldest professional school. We prepare outstanding lawyers and leaders to serve the people and institutions of North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Students, faculty and staff gather in the law school rotunda.

Producing lawyers with a strong commitment to justice and service

UNC School of Law aspires to be a great and truly public law school. Toward this end, it pursues a fourfold mission:

  • To prepare outstanding lawyers and leaders for the bar, the bench, all public and private law settings and public service;
  • To make nationally and internationally significant legal and policy contributions through an ambitious agenda of research and scholarship;
  • To instill lifelong ethical values, dedication to the cause of justice and a lasting commitment to pro bono and public service; and
  • To serve the legal profession, the people and institutions of North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Facts & Figures

  • 634J.D. students
  • No. 20in reputation among lawyers and judges (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 11,622alumni
  • 80%in-state residents
  • 20%identify as students of color
  • 100+externship opportunities
  • 5journals
  • 30+transition-to-practice courses
  • 63faculty members