Tarheel831 wrote:Hey all, UNC upper-level here. Lemme know if you have any questions on UNC or life in Chapel Hill. I found this site modestly helpful when I was going through the app process...figured I'd pay it forward. I will give honest answers as to the school itself, but I can't speculate any better than y'all on admissions or scholarships. Best of luck to all of you!!
Thanks for your offer! How do you feel about career services at UNC?
I can honestly say that some of the best people that work at the law school work in the career development office. They say hi to you in the halls and chit-chat with you on a personal level regarding your summer job search (assuming, of course, you've made the initial effort to meet them). There are career specialists for multiple different fields, so there will likely be someone that is best suited to offer tailored advice to you. They usually keep a log of alumni and pass you names of local attorneys that can offer additional advice such as their thoughts on how student organizations, pro bono, journals, etc impacted their job search and which locales they found to be more promising than others (obviously this is a great way to network as well). The CDO also hosts multiple events throughout the year. We just had one this week where 1Ls could meet and discuss with upper levels about how they found their summer jobs, what they did, and how they liked them. This was especially good since much of your advice does come from upper levels but it's often difficult to approach them since you won't have any classes with them. The CDO also emails a weekly newsletter to keep you updated on a host of job opportunities and relevant deadlines. Some of the other events they have that I can think of off the top of my head: resume clinic, "mock" interviews with both CDO reps as well as real practicing attorneys before you do actual interviews, several "meet and greet" events with local attorneys, and the usual on-campus interview (OCI) programs. They also set you up with off-campus interview programs as well.
There's always something you don't particularly care for and may wish to change about your school, but the CDO certainly isn't one of them. I think they may even take it personally if you end up struggling to find a summer job. They'll give you a wealth of advice and notices for job opportunities, but it will only carry you as far as you let it....you do have to act on their advice and put your own work into it as well. Finding summer work is stressful for essentially all law students, especially since you'll also be trying to keep your head above water with your coursework at the same time.....don't be fooled by those that say job searching was easy for them (frankly, they're just douchebags). You can't talk about jobs with the CDO for the first several months of law school (that's the rule everywhere), but I still highly recommend meeting them on a personal level if/when you get here.