Law School Discussion

Poll

Which law school would you attend if accepted?

University of California - Hastings (San Francisco)
1 (25%)
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
3 (75%)

Total Members Voted: 4

Voting closed: July 21, 2008, 12:30:12 PM

UNC-Chapel Hill versus UC-Hastings

UNC-Chapel Hill versus UC-Hastings
« on: July 14, 2008, 12:30:12 PM »
If cost was not an issue, which law school would you choose and why?  I've been trying to gain insight from friends and family but they know even less than I do about these things.  I plan on practicing some version of Constitutional Law and would like to teach after 15 years or so in the field.  I currently live in Los Angeles and love the California feel.  I've lived in North Carolina before and it is a beautiful area but not nearly as much to offer.  I'm also working on Mandarin and Cantonese language studies in addition to kung fu which appear to be virtually absent from the Triangle area.  Although, I believe UNC is a better school academically and with an undergrad college and other grad schools has a larger alumni base.  For every plus I bring up in one column, I find another for the other school.  So, I appeal to you, fellow students, what would *you* do?

Re: UNC-Chapel Hill versus UC-Hastings
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2008, 01:11:08 PM »
If cost was not an issue, which law school would you choose and why?  I've been trying to gain insight from friends and family but they know even less than I do about these things.  I plan on practicing some version of Constitutional Law and would like to teach after 15 years or so in the field.  I currently live in Los Angeles and love the California feel.  I've lived in North Carolina before and it is a beautiful area but not nearly as much to offer.  I'm also working on Mandarin and Cantonese language studies in addition to kung fu which appear to be virtually absent from the Triangle area.  Although, I believe UNC is a better school academically and with an undergrad college and other grad schools has a larger alumni base.  For every plus I bring up in one column, I find another for the other school.  So, I appeal to you, fellow students, what would *you* do?

Where do you want to live after graduation? 

You also should consider that you probably will not be able to privately practice constitutional law.  The only attorneys who maintain a regular constitutional law practice are those in organizations such as the ACLU.  Do you have a back up plan? What are the job prospects out of both schools?   

Both of these schools are predominantly regional, with UNC probably having the stronger national reputation.  If you really want to live in the Bay Area (and it sounds like you do), you should choose Hastings. 


Re: UNC-Chapel Hill versus UC-Hastings
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2008, 02:09:58 PM »
I've had friends go to both. My friend who went to Hastings didn't like that it wasn't attached to a larger university. Whereas UNC has a beautiful campus and every amenity imaginable available to its students, Hastings is just a building in a gritty area of San Francisco, with as many bums hanging around outside as there are students inside. Then again, there's so much to do in the Bay Area that you don't really need a big campus.