I'm not sure if UNC is overrated or underrated. I visited close to a month ago and loved the campus, admissions office, and Chapel Hill.
However, I have been advised to stay in CA and attend a lower ranked school rather than attend UNC with the intention of returning to CA.
I understand that the majority of UNC law grads stay instate, but couldn't this be based as much on choice as anything else? In considering UNC I checked out which national firms based out of CA recruit from UNC. While there weren't hundreds, there were enough to make me believe that there is more than a snowballs chance in hell at obtaining employment outside of the South after attending UNC. I will have to be more proactive as far as contacting firms in CA in order to set up my own interviews and such, but if I were afraid of putting in a little bit of work, I wouldn't be attending law school in the first place.
Good thread. It's great to hear other thoughts and opinions.