Otherwise, you will be making life considerably more difficult for yourself (in fact, it might be easier for you to get a government job without going to law school than if you had gone to UNC ... by moving to DC and finding internships until you build the connections for full-time employment).
But the odds suggest that HLS and YLS grads are much, much more likely to get these jobs (If I had to quantify it, I'd say the advantage is between 500% and 1000% for mid-range jobs and significantly higher for top jobs).
This is just the type of foolish prestige whoring that fireplace was talking about. There really is no fact to your assumptions. With the right connections, there are plenty of doors open in D.C. for a UNC graduate. How in the hell could you work in a government legal position if you just moved to D.C. and got some internships without going to law school.
I'm done with this thread too. It never met it's original purpose and now it's just getting too subjective and off track.