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University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ("UNC") is the oldest state university in the United States, with a rich history of more than two centuries.  Carolina offers classes abroad, on campus or online. Carolina offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees in academic areas critical to North Carolina's future: business, dentistry, education, law, medicine, nursing, public health and social work, among others. Offerings include 77 bachelor’s, 109 master’s, 66 doctorate and six professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. The health sciences are well integrated with the liberal arts, basic sciences and high-tech programs. Patient outreach programs affiliated with Carolina and the UNC Health Care System serve citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties.

Students learn from a full-time 3,221-member faculty. Many of those faculty members hold or have held major posts in virtually every national scholarly or professional organization and have earned election to the most prestigious academic academies and organizations. Carolina's academic community benefits from a library with 6.7 million volumes and 80,000 serial titles that perennially ranks among the best research libraries in North America.  Carolina's 274,167 alumni live in all 50 US states and more than 150 countries.

The law school

UNC School of Law was founded in 1845 and is part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation's first state-supported university. The school has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1928.

Carolina Law prepares exceptional lawyers and leaders to serve the people and institutions of North Carolina, the country and the world. Home to numerous centers and initiatives, the school offers strong expertise in civil rights, banking, environmental law, intellectual property, entrepreneurial and securities law, critical studies, bankruptcy and constitutional inquiry.

Tuition fees

Tuition and fees amount to just over $50,000 (or nearly $40,000 for residents of North Carolina)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should demonstrate:

* Academic excellence in their performance securing their initial law degree with an average grade of B/3.0 or its equivalent
* Fluency in English, with a goal TOEFL score of 600 on the traditional paper-based test (PBT), 250 on the computer-based-test (CBT) and 100 on the internet-based test format (iBT)

Preference is given to foreign lawyers who have also practiced law for at least two years. Applicants are encouraged to participate in a telephone or Skype interview.

The Program

The one-year master of law degree, LLM, is for foreign lawyers who have already received a primary law degree from universities in their home countries. The LLM Program in United States Law offers international lawyers the opportunity to develop mastery of key areas of American law in one of the nation's top law schools.

The curriculum builds on the school's existing international program, which includes exchange, study abroad and visiting scholar programs, and faculty expertise in the most vital global legal issues. LLM students receive legal training in American law through the school's nationally recognized centers and areas of academic strength in legal fields that are in high demand throughout the world.

LLM students take most of their classes together with UNC law students, sharing their international viewpoint with and learning American law from UNC faculty and students. Legal areas in which LL.M. students may focus their UNC Law studies include:
• Corporate and Commercial Law
• Banking and Finance
• Intellectual Property
• Environmental Law
• Health Care Law
• Human Rights and Civil Rights Law
• International and Comparative Law
• Public Law and Regulation

In addition to the UNC law curriculum, LLM students may also receive instruction outside the law school, taking advantage of opportunities in other departments on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The LLM program encourages collaboration between its students and University faculty and students, particularly those in business school and international studies.

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