There is no separate application required for merit-based scholarships. For entering students, all scholarships are merit-based and are awarded on the strength of your admissions application. These three-year awards are automatically renewed if you remain in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Full Tuition Awards – Apply by December 31

The Chancellors Scholars Award was initiated in 1989 to attract students of superior academic achievement, character, and potential. The award is named for Paul Hardin, N. Ferebee Taylor, and William B. Aycock, three faculty members who served as chancellors of UNC. Based on the admissions application and interview, candidates with exceptionally strong credentials are selected as Chancellors Scholars.

Other Awards – Apply by March 1

We also offer scholarships that may range from $5,000 to $17,500. These awards are provided through the generosity of alumni and friends of Carolina Law and from general funds allocated by the law school and UNC.

Public Service Awards

Part of our mission is to instill a lasting commitment to pro bono and public service. To show our support, first year and second year students may apply for one-year public service scholarships.

Grants and Scholarships (as reported to the ABA for prior year)

Number Percentage
Total Number of Students 645   100%
Total Number of Students Receiving Grants 437   67.8%
Less than Half Tuition 146   22.6%
Half to Full Tuition 276 42.8%
Full Tuition 12   1.9%
More than Full Tuition 3 0.5%
Median Grant Amount $15,000

UNC School of Law does not offer students conditional scholarships, defined by the ABA as financial aid, “the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing.”

External Awards

The AccessLex Law School Scholarship Databank is a comprehensive list of scholarships from sponsoring organizations, specifically for law students and those interested in a law career. The Databank includes scholarships for incoming and returning law students, and even some that can be used to pay for bar study costs.