University of North Carolina School of Law

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Founded 1845 | ABA Accredited 1923

The University of North Carolina was founded in 1795, and holds the title of the nation’s first state university. UNC created its law school in 1845, making it one of the oldest law schools in the nation and the oldest in North Carolina. Today, UNC Law remains a top tier law school and one of the country’s best public law schools. Recently, UNC Law was ranked in the Top 30 law schools by US News and World Report. Carolina Law’s location in Chapel Hill, North Carolina offers students a near endless amount of activities to engage in outside of law school. Students can escape the rigors of law school life by watching one of UNC’s top-notch undergraduate sports team or, if sports are not your cup of tea, by retreating to Blue Ridge Mountains, just 3 hours west of Chapel Hill, for hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter.

Carolina Law reflects its surroundings by providing a relaxed, friendly, and social learning environment. UNC Law offers small size classes comprised of intellectually diverse and highly qualified students, guaranteeing engaging and sometimes heated classroom discussions. Civil rights, banking, intellectual property, entrepreneurial and securities law, critical studies, bankruptcy, and constitutional inquiry are the fields for which UNC Law is best known. UNC Law is also recognized for its commitment to public service and social responsibility, and has received national distinction for its efforts in these areas. In addition to excellent faculty, UNC Law has a supportive alumni network numbering over 9,300 alums for Carolina Law students to use as a resource.

NOTABLE ALUMNI

Elizabeth Edwards, Author and wife of U.S. Senator John Edwards John Edwards, U.S. Senator and husband of Elizabeth Edwards C. Boyden Gray, White House counsel to George H.W. Bush and current Special Envoy for European Affairs James Baxter Hunt Jr., Governor of North Carolina Sarah Parker, Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court

Rankings

POLL OF POLLS#43

SELECTIVITY RANK#49

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Michael States

BETTER KNOW A DEAN

"[Q]uite honestly, we have a presumption against admitting transfer students from other law schools in North Carolina." - Michael States - Assistant Dean for Admissions, UNC Law

This is the fourteenth installment of our 224 part series, Better Know A Dean. Today we posted our interview with Michael States, Assistant Dean for Admissions at UNC School of Law -- The Fightin' Tar Heels!

Michael States is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law and has worked in law school admissions for more than a decade -- first at John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, then at Hamline University and, most recently, at UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition, Dean States is currently a member of the Law School Admission Council's Finance and Legal Affairs Committee and a presenter for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity's (CLEO) Achieving Success in the Application Process program.

AD Dean States, thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us today.
MS Not a problem, it’s my pleasure.
AD Dean States, a big reason we do these interviews on AdmissionsDean is to give prospective applicants a psychological profile of the admissions deans at the schools they are applying to. In order for our users to get a real idea about who you are, I’d like to take a novel approach and start off your interview with a very basic word association test. Are you game?
MS Sure. Bring it.
AD OK, what is the first word that pops into your head when you look at this picture:

Duke University School of Law
MS Quite honestly, "Champions."
AD Ouch, how did it taste to say that? What about this one?

MS Actually, two words come to mind: “Dedicated Fans.” As someone who went to the University of Kansas for undergrad, I can certainly relate to the idea of camping out for tickets and waiting in line to watch a basketball game. I actually have a lot of respect for that aspect of their campus over there.
 

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