Sorry it has taken me so long to reply!
As for summer plans, the legal market is pretty tough right now. The Dean sent out an e-mail a few weeks ago asking alums to consider hiring on Carolina Law first years for the summer. Quite a few attorneys have already responded - everywhere from the Turks and Caicos to somewhere out in Nevada. I am hoping to work for a medium-sized firm near Charlotte or potentially splitting my summer and interning with a judge. It definitely helps to have connections. It's still relatively early in the hiring process for 1Ls, snce we couldn't start contacting employers till the end of first semester.
As for Carolina Law - I love it! The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly. Classes are intense and challenging, but definitely in a good way. You probably know this - but they split us up into "colleges." I've really liked having the same classes with the same people - it makes it easier to get to know people during the first year. One of the things I probably appreciate the most is the fact that people like to laugh. That might sound weird, but when I visited law schools last year - it struck me that some schools were very somber. That is definitely not the case here. So many different people, great professors, and geat environment. Plus, you can't beat the price if you are in-state.
Apartments - All the ones mentioned above are great choices. I lived in Alta Springs this year. I've really liked it here - they offer a washer, dryer, and microwave in each apartment, which I love. That pretty much sold me on the place. I have an apartment without a fireplace. A lot of grad students live here from different programs, which is also pretty neat. I use the Park and Ride Center to commute into campus every morning. The buses come every five to ten minutes, but you have to get there before 9:00 AM to get a spot. Fills up quickly.
Hope that helps! Is anyone a definite "yes" for next year?