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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (School of Law)




The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the nation's oldest, and clearly one of its most accomplished, public institutions. From the colonial period until the present day, graduates from the University's School of Law have played powerfully disproportionate roles in leading the state, the south and the nation. Our law faculty includes world-class scholars, award-winning teachers and noted practitioners. Carolina Law's student body is among the most highly credentialed and intellectually diverse in America. Our signature offerings in civil rights, banking, intellectual property, entrepreneurial and securities law, critical studies, bankruptcy, and constitutional inquiry are among the best to be found in the academy. And our expansive array of skills and capstone courses provides impressive links between theory and practice. Carolina is a remarkable place to study law.

It is also clear that this is one of the most exciting and energizing periods in our long and storied history. We enjoy a marvelous, new physical facility. Its open study spaces, high-technology classrooms, enlarged library capacities, clinical teaching venues, writing laboratories and national-class placement operations have served to lift the sights and spark the aspirations of the School of Law community.

Small classes and favorable faculty-student ratios have opened our halls to innovative and disparate educational opportunities. An impressive new series of externship and clinical programs -- combining academic rigor with essential professional practice -- has invigorated the second and third year learning experience. Our student-initiated pro bono efforts have achieved national distinction and tapped the highest values of lawyering.

Rigorous joint degree programs in business, public policy, planning, social work and public administration assure diverse methods of inquiry. And new foreign study, exchange and outreach efforts have worked to internationalize our curriculum.

Carolina Law's alumni network, as you might imagine, is one of the strongest to be found anywhere. Our graduates dominate the legal institutions of this state and occupy positions of leadership around the country and across the globe.

Carolina Law students are able to take full advantage of attending a great university in one of the most beloved communities in America. It is no surprise that Tar Heels always return to Chapel Hill.

The Career Services Office is committed to assisting Carolina Law students and alumni in identifying personal and professional goals and in finding satisfying employment based on those goals. We teach job search skills and provide students with both support and opportunities to explore career options. Career Services further seeks to foster mutually beneficial relationships between students, alumni and employers.

All courses of study in the second and third years are elective, with the exception of professional responsibility. Students are also required to complete two writing experiences after the first year of law school. Certain courses are considered foundation courses because they provide the vocabulary and structure for advanced legal work. Accordingly, the courses that provide the background necessary for most curriculum paths are recommended to, and scheduled primarily for, the convenience of second-year students.

Second-year foundation courses include administrative law; business associations; criminal procedure: investigation, evidence, income taxation, professional responsibility and trusts and estates. Third-year students are given preference in family law, federal jurisdiction, secured transactions and trial advocacy.

Students should plan a program of 10 to 16 hours of credit in each semester of the last two years. Eighty-six hours of credit are required for graduation.

A student may be granted permission by the senior associate dean to take course work in other graduate divisions of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for up to three hours of credit toward the law degree upon showing the senior associate dean that the course will contribute significantly to his or her legal education. Students must obtain permission before enrolling in the course. A grade of P or better (on the basis of the usual graduate school grading criteria of H, P, L, and F) will be transferred to the student's law record on a credit basis. The grade will not be averaged into the student's cumulative grade point average. This policy is not designed to affect in any way the continuing opportunities available to law students to take or audit courses in other divisions of the University on a noncredit (toward the law degree) basis.

Throughout its history, Carolina's law faculty has been its foundation. Forty-seven full-time professors conduct classes in a range of specialties. Some courses are traditional, others are brought to the curriculum in response to the changing world in which tomorrow's lawyers will function. Many of our faculty come to Carolina from public and private practice; others have combined the study of law with such disciplines as computer science, anthropology, history, theology, psychiatry, and philosophy.

Research conducted within the School of Law produces a rich body of publications - books, monographs, manuals, and articles in law reviews and other professional publications. Book topics span a range of topics, including tax law, ocean and coastal law, securities, corporate, banking law, housing, legal history, and evidence. Professors also participate in various local, regional, and national programs on continuing legal education sponsored by the School of Law and other organizations.

The law school's tenured faculty is enriched by visiting professors recruited each year to provide additional breadth in course offerings. A larger group of adjunct practitioners contributes to an extremely effective trial advocacy program.

The North Carolina Law Review, a prominent state and national scholarly journal established in 1922, analyzes current legal problems and significant new developments in the law. Six times each year, the review publishes not only the scholarship of lawyers, judges and professors from across the country, but also the contributions of student staff members.

The North Carolina Banking Institute Journal furthers academic discourse in banking law. The journal publishes student-edited pieces prepared for the annual Banking Institute along with top-quality, student-written and edited notes and comments on cutting-edge banking law issues. The journal is published in conjunction with an annual continuing legal education program (sponsored by the School of Law) on banking law which attracts nationally prominent speakers. The journal helps to bridge the gap between the academic realm and practitioners of banking law and the gap between students and members of the profession. All segments of the banking community come together to share ideas, experiences, and explore emerging issues and dilemmas at the institute and in the pages of the Banking Institute journal.

Students come to Carolina from backgrounds as varied as the law itself. From a pool of several thousand applicants, the School selects those with the greatest promise, those who will take their education and give, in turn, to society and the profession. Admission to the School is competitive, and those who make the cut have only one thing in common: They are here because they want a first-rate legal education.

Admitted students will also find themselves in some rare company. The bulk of the student body, of course, is bright young men and women from some of the nation's most outstanding undergraduate institutions, but youth is salted generously with experience and age. The current student body includes doctors, engineers, classically-trained musicians, teachers and many others with different backgrounds.

The School of Law is also dedicated to helping minorities achieve satisfying careers in law. This diversity enriches the classroom experience for every student and we believe produces better lawyers.

Carolina's clinical programs offer third-year law students the chance to develop competency in lawyering skills, including interviewing, counseling, fact-gathering, developing a litigation plan, negotiations, discovery techniques, other pre-trial and trial skills, law office management skills and transactional skills. Through their work in the clinic, students acquire problem-solving abilities, learn to cope with facts, and experience the relationship between legal theory and practice in the context of providing assistance to an under-served population. In the clinic, students assume responsibility for legal matters of importance to real clients.

The Civil Legal Assistance Clinic also works with the UNC School of Law Center for Civil Rights on legal issues relating to racial and ethnic minorities, to the poor and to other potential beneficiaries of civil rights advances.

Students are given as much autonomy as possible in making decisions about the case. Students work in teams of two, with each team meeting weekly with the faculty supervisor. Cases may be assigned to an individual student or to a team to co-counsel, depending upon the complexity of the case and the interests of the students. Team members regularly consult with each other on all cases. In assigning cases, an effort is made to accommodate student interest and to give each student a variety of practical legal experiences.

In handling these cases, students learn to interview clients and other witnesses, investigate factual issues, research and develop legal theories, draft pleadings and orders, plan and carry out discovery, counsel clients, negotiate with opposing parties, argue motions and try cases in both administrative and judicial settings. Cases are usually handled at the trial level. However, occasionally students handle appellate matters.

The Criminal Law Clinic is either a one or two-semester clinic in which third-year law students represent children accused of crimes. Our cases principally involve the defense of juveniles in delinquency and undisciplined proceedings in Durham and Orange Counties. In this context, students handle a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor cases, ranging from disorderly conduct and joyriding to assault and drug distribution. Students also represent children alleged to be truant, beyond the disciplinary control of their parents, and runaways.

While cases are assigned to individual students, each student works closely with a partner and the pair meets weekly as a team with their faculty supervisor. Within this structure, students research legal theories and defenses, draft motions and legal memoranda, and prepare witness examinations and argument for evidentiary hearings. Students also conduct pretrial and pre-sentencing investigations in which they interview witnesses as well as family members and service providers. Throughout the process, students maintain regular contact with their clients, advising and counseling them at each stage.

Students appear in court frequently and handle all aspects of juvenile court practice and procedure, including detention, probable cause, motions, trial and sentencing. Students regularly negotiate with prosecutors and court personnel on behalf of their clients. When appropriate, students also handle appellate matters.

The Criminal Lawyering Process course, offered in the fall semester in conjunction with the clinic, focuses on North Carolina juvenile law and procedure in order to prepare students for their clinic work. Simulation exercises are used to teach the range of skills involved in juvenile practice. The course also presents for discussion various ethical, strategic and systemic issues that arise in the cases in which the students are involved.

The Community Development Law Clinic (CDL) is a two-semester clinic in which third-year students provide corporate and transactional counsel to North Carolina nonprofit community development organizations. The aim of the CDL Clinic is to help students develop skills in corporate and transactional law and, at the same time, show them how those skills can be put to use in serving under-resourced communities.

The policy clinic is a one semester clinic (Spring semester) which satisfies a rigorous writing experience and provides students with opportunities to engage in a range of law related projects addressing issues related to gender based violence both locally and internationally. Clinic students work with both state and international organizations on legislative and policy matters, prepare research papers, draft legislative and rule-making proposals, policy guides, and briefs. It is anticipated that clinic students will work with state organizations such as the N.C. Domestic Violence Commission, which is responsible for providing statewide guidance and for developing legislative proposals and best-practice guides in all areas related to domestic violence. It is also expected that students work with several international human rights organizations engaged in various campaigns aimed at addressing a range of economic, social, and cultural human rights violations including violence against women and sexual violence in the workplace. A goal of the clinic is to develop collaborative relationships with these organizations which will allow students to participate first hand in the development of human rights initiatives.

Students are enrolled with consent of the instructor. Domestic Violence Law is a pre-requisite. International law is strongly recommended. Students are graded on the basis of a major research or legislative project, or other substantial written project as part of an actual human rights or domestic violence related initiative. Students enrolled in this clinic are not precluded from taking other clinics or externships.

Credit for a J.D. degree can only be given for course work taken after the student has matriculated in a law school. (ABA Standard Interpretation 304-3). To be awarded law school credit for coursework done at another school in connection with a dual or joint degree program, the combined-degree student must be admitted to the law school prior to beginning the courses for which credit is sought.

The degrees of J.D. and Master of Arts in Sports Administration may be earned at the School of Law and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Admission to the School of Law, the Graduate School, and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science must be gained independently. A candidate must successfully complete the combination of 86 credit hours in Law, including three from the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, and 30 credit hours, including three from the Law School, and an internship in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Professor Glenn George is the School of Law's faculty advisor for this program.

The combined degrees of J.D. and Master of Business Administration may be earned in four years by enrollment in the joint program of the School of Law and the Kenan‑Flagler Business School. Admission to each school must be gained independently. In the programs first year, candidates must take the complete prescribed first‑year curriculum in either law or in business and in the second year, that of the other school. In the third and fourth years, elec­tive law courses and prescribed business courses make up the re­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­mainder of the curricu­lum. A candidate must successfully complete the combination of 74 semester hours in the Law School and 51.5 semester hours in the Busi­ness School. All degree requirements from both schools must be completed before the degrees are awarded.

A law student interested in this joint degree should plan to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) at its October admin­istration (during the students first year of law school) and submit the business school applica­tion by December or January. Material describ­ing the program in greater detail is available from the Admissions Office or from the execu­tive director, M.B.A. Program, Kenan‑Flagler Business School, Carroll Hall, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. Professor Thomas Hazen is the School of Law's faculty adviser for this program.

Courses in health law and related fields are of­ten offered at the UNC‑Chapel Hill School of Law. In addition, second‑ and third‑year law students, with the approval of the associate dean for academic affairs and the instructor, may enroll in certain courses at the UNC‑Chapel Hill School of Public Health and the UNC‑Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Students interested in pur­suing a specialized career in health law or in a more intensive and supervised program of course work and research related to medicine and health care may apply for the combined de­grees of J.D. and M.P.H. Application to this program, which enables the completion of both degrees in four years, may be made before en­tering or after completing any year of law school. Admission to both schools must be gained independently. Students will be required to take the GRE to apply for admission to the School of Public Health. A candidate must success­fully complete 86 semester hours in the School of Law (including up to 3 hours from the School of Public Health) and 33 hours in the School of Public Health. A maximum of three credits from public health courses may be counted towards the law degree.

Ordinarily, dual degree students begin with the School of Law's prescribed first‑year curriculum. Following their first or second year, the students spend a year in residence at the School of Public Health and at least one summer in a selected field training experience. They also initiate a research project and may qualify for credit by additional writing or field training experiences under the supervision of program faculty and affiliates. Senior Associate Dean Gail Agrawal is the School of Law's faculty advisor for this program.

The degrees of J.D. and Master of Public Administration may be earned in four years of class work and an additional three months of internship by enrollment in the joint degree program of the School of Law and the UNC-Chapel Hill Master of Public Administration Program. Admission to the School of Law and the M.P.A. program must be gained independently. A total of 86 semester hours is required for the J.D., including up to nine hours of coursework drawn from the M.P.A. curriculum. A total of 54 semester hours is required for the M.P.A., including up to fifteen of the hours from the J.D. curriculum. Thus, both degrees can be completed in a total of 116 semester hours, with prior approval of a joint degree plan of study. All degree requirements from both schools must be completed before the degrees are awarded. Professor Judith Wegner is currently the School of Law's faculty advisor for this program.

The combined degrees of J.D. and Master in Public Policy may be earned in four years by enrollment in the joint program of the School of Law and the Sanford Institute of Public Pol­icy at Duke University. Admission to each school must be gained independently. The first academic year is spent exclusively in the law school, the second year is spent exclusively in the Institute of Public Policy, and the third and fourth years are spent mainly in the law school, but with one public policy sciences course each semester. A candidate must suc­cessfully complete a combination of 74 semes­ter hours in the Law School and 30 semester hours in the Institute of Public Policy. All degree requirements from both schools must be completed before the degrees are awarded.



School name:University of North Carolina at Chapel HillSchool of Law
Address:Van Hecke-Wettach Hall 100 Ridge Road
Zip & city:NC 27599-3380 North Carolina
Phone:919-962-5106
Web:http://www.law.unc.edu
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