Yanky91 wrote:pketpket wrote:Yanky91, Is UNC a top choice for you even without money? So many have given up on UNC due to low scholly offers, but you sound super excited! As a local I can say if you applied and got into Wake Forrest also, UNC has a way better reputation.
If you are in the boat of deciding between the two my general advice: UNC 0$ >>>> Wake $$$. Especially if you want to practice in NC or the South as a region. The Alumni network is just so important and UNC stands out in NC as having the premiere network for newbie law grads. This is in general not for any specific field of law.
UNC is a great school no doubt, but you would have to be out of your mind to go there without a scholarship. The only way I would consider UNC is with close to a full ride. I have a full ride to UIUC, Cardozo, and close to a full ride to Wake. If it came down to Wake and UNC, I would choose whichever costs less. UNC is a better school, but not enough to justify paying that much more.
I think it heavily depends on what and where you are planning to practice as a lawyer. I have a close relative that graduated in top 10 from Wake and has a six figure salary from Wake and got in on a scholarship so he is pretty happy with his choice of law school (he ended up living with his family in Winston Salem). UNC really has a national reputation and that matters if you want to have flexibility when it comes to future mobility if your spouse also has a professional career. Even a $100,000 won't seem like much when you are looking back 30 years from now towards the end of your career. It is a personal choice, but I stick with my opinion $0 UNC >>>> $$$ Wake (if you want to practice in NC or go into politics especially).