One of my top choice schools statistically is a possiblity, but I am probably out off the radar (UNC, as an out-of-state applicant). Would mentioning ties to the state and a strong desire to attend for personal reasons (SO in close vicinity, military, and planning to get married while still in law school) ever be a good idea to increase my chances?
Is this the kind of thing that is appropriate to state only in a letter of interest if I by a miracle get waitlisted, or would UNC laugh at me and think "awww that is so cute, would you like some CHEESE to go with your WHINE?" Maybe I should just send a video of myself in a string bikini, legally blonde style.
In this years UNC app. there was a question that specifically asked why you thought UNC was the best choice for you intellectually, personally, and educationally or something along those lines. I think that you could elaborate on your reasons for wanting to attend within that topic. I'm not sure how much they change the application from year to year but if it stays basically the same I'd say that would be the place for you to put all that stuff.
I don't think it will increase your chances dramatically because the only thing that could do that would be actually having residency. I'm sure that you've heard of the mandated 75% in state students in each class. Since they are legally bound by this number, nothing will do you as much good as actually attaining residency. If you really want to go to UNC but don't get in, the thing to do would be to move here and try to establish residency before applying again. That would give you an excellent shot. But with your numbers, I'd say you have at least a fighting chance, don't count yourself out.
If you have any other questions let me know.