The University of North Carolina School of Law
is a professional school within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
. Established in 1845, Carolina Law
is among the oldest law schools in the nation and is the oldest law school in North Carolina. It is consistently ranked in the top-tier
of law schools, and its 2012 US News and World Report
ranking is 30th. Further, according to the US News and World Report, "Carolina Law" is among the top 10 public law schools in the Nation" -- and 17th in reputation among lawyers and judges and 30th among scholars.
With an average J.D.
class size of 250, the law school has just over 700 students at any time, and retains a student-faculty ratio of 16.9 to 1. Admissions are highly competitive: for the Fall 2009 entering class, only 15.4% of applicants were accepted - making it one of the nation's most selective law schools. Minorities represent 30% of the entering class, and over half of the class is female. At least 75% of each incoming class is from North Carolina, although roughly 75% of applications are from out-of-state. This year's entering class includes students from 22 states and Australia.
Following discussion in the North Carolina legal community, on December 12, 1842, the Trustees of the University of North Carolina authorized the University President, David L. Swain
, to review and establish a law professorship. In 1845, William Horn Battle
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