Admitted Student's Day impressions: To summarize, they were very positive. First, Dean Brinkley spoke and talked quite openly about how he was committed to hiring a faculty that was committed to students, not simply invested in their own research. I found this to be a very good selling point, especially since out of the countless faculty I interacted with yesterday, I couldn't find a single professor that I found to be arrogant, egocentric. This was certainly refreshing from my own undergraduate experience.
Then there was a panel on "experiential learning." They talked about pro bono work, clinics, and externships. Throughout the rest of the panels of the day a number of current students and alumni talked about the significance of these learning opportunities to their own growth and how they recommended taking full advantage of them. Even if you're not considering public interest work, we were told the pro bono work allowed 1Ls to get practical experience right away, which is nice. Something like 70 percent of students at UNC take part in pro bono work.
Career Development Office (CDO): This was probably the most memorable part. There was a large panel of 7-8 CDO staff (the largest I've seen at any school I've researched or visited thus far) and each one seemed extremely committed to their work. The Director of the CDO (not the dean) was the most passionate person I saw all day. She loved what she did and she genuinely seemed to care that every one of the students taking advantage of their office. I should point out here the fine print - none of these people are going to hold your hand.. That's what high school was for; however, if you need help with finding a job and you put in the work with them, then I'd be hard-pressed to think they couldn't find you a good or even a great one that exceeds your own expectations.
Alumni: Then there was an alumni panel, people working in various different legal markets. There was a mix from public interest, corporate, biglaw, and clerkships. I was especially impressed by the NC Director of the ACLU and his perspective, as well as the student working in big law. Nevertheless, all the students were impressive in their own remark, which really showed a multitude of options of where you can go with your law degree.
Student fair and lunch: Definitely a ton of student orgs (really liked the trial teams) and the lunch with the faculty was definitely a nice touch. I thought Meyers and the bald corporate law professor were very open and fun to talk to (I apologize if one of your students show you this. I swear, I simply don't remember your name)! It went to show how easy it was to talk to these professors and getting to know them. Also, they were definitely huge UNC sports fans so maybe the professors might actually assign less readings on game days.
Or simply forgive absences for the 8:45 the day after.