And some law students and professors say the demographic shift is creating noticeable changes in the classroom and in the courts.
The number of women admitted to UNC's law school has been more than 50 percent during three of the last four years, said law school Dean Gene Nichol. Women first became the majority of admitted students in 1997.
"It indicates that a lot of talented women are interested in becoming lawyers, and I think it will change the culture of the workplace," Nichol said. "Women are just a little smarter than men."
According to The New York Times, the proportion of female law students nationwide has been steadily increasing from 10 percent in 1970. This year, 49.4 percent of law students are women, and next year that proportion is expected to break the 50 percent mark.
But UNC's law school is slightly ahead of the trend.
Victoria Taylor-Carter, assistant dean of admissions at UNC's law school, said the entering class of 2000 was 52 percent female. Taylor-Carter said it was difficult to predict next fall's female-to-male ratio but that it would likely remain constant or increase slightly.
Both students and faculty said they are cognizant of the growing female presence at the UNC School of Law.
Law Professor Elizabeth Gibson graduated from the UNC School of Law in 1976 and has been teaching at the school since 1983. Gibson said she has noticed an increasing female presence in law and the effects of that presence.
"There's been an interest in areas of the law that wouldn't have received as much attention -- domestic violence, feminist approaches, children and the law," Gibson said.