Why I chose Carolina Law...

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Hello Prospective Students!

My name is Dania Haider and I am currently a 1L at Carolina. To understand a little about why I chose Carolina Law, I'll start by telling you a little about myself. I grew up outside of Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2008. I majored in International Affairs and Romance Languages and upon graduating was accepted into Teach for America. I spent the next two years teaching fourth grade and it was a fantastic experience.

When the time came to apply to law school, I had no idea where to begin. Initially, I started by looking at the rankings. As my search progressed, other factors made their way onto my "perfect law school checklist". In addition to strong rankings, I wanted to find a school that valued public service, whose professors were accessible and accomplished, a place that provided students with a comfortable learning environment, and a collegial atmosphere. As I began learning more and more about Carolina law, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I had checked off my entire list. What really sealed the deal was visiting UNC on Admitted Students Day. It was a great opportunity to learn about everything Carolina Law offers, a chance to interact with current students and professors, and to become familiar with beautiful Chapel Hill.

It was a difficult decision to leave my family, friends, and forgo in-state tuition. However, I can honestly say, I am so glad that I did. My experience at UNC has been great and I hope to welcome you to the Carolina Law family.

When looking for a law school this is what I would suggest:

  • Schedule a visit! If you can schedule a trip during the week, you'll have an opportunity to sit in on a first year Contracts class with Professor Haynes and you'll also take a tour of the school. In the event you can only make it up over the weekend, send me an email and I'll be happy to show you around (dhaider@email.unc.edu) or get you in touch with someone who can. When you visit, make sure you take time to explore Chapel Hill (Franklin Street in particular).
  • Educate Yourself! If you have a question about Carolina Law, just ask! If there is an area of law that you are interested in, figure out which professors are "experts" and contact them. Feel free to ask them their advice in choosing a law school.
  • Figure out your finances! UNC prides itself on being a truly public university and the price tag reflects that. Even as an out of state student, tuition is still more reasonable than other schools I was considering in my home state. The cost of living in Chapel Hill is remarkably affordable. As a student, you will live much more comfortably than you would in a city like DC or NYC.
  • Job Prospects! UNC has a great reputation not only in North Carolina, but nationwide. I know with a UNC degree I can settle down anywhere whether it's somewhere in North Carolina, back in Atlanta, or even San Francisco!

We invite you to post any questions to the blog and we will work on responding to you as soon as possible.

Good luck with your decision and I hope you find the school that is the best fit for you!

- Dania

Posted by Dania L. Haider on Tue. March 15, 2011 9:38 PM
Categories: Admissions, Admitted Students Day


RE: Why I chose Carolina Law...
Any word when students can expect the next wave of acceptances? It would make it much easier to plan attendance at the Admitted Students Day with a little advance notice.
Posted by HopefulTarheel on Wed. March 16, 2011 2:48 PM
RE: Why I chose Carolina Law...
Hopeful Tarheel, I wish I could help, but I am not privy to that information. Any questions regarding the admissions process will be best answered by the people in the Office of Admissions. Good luck!
Posted by Dania L. Haider on Wed. March 16, 2011 8:02 PM
RE: Why I chose Carolina Law...
Hopeful Tarheel - thank you for your continued interest in Carolina Law School. We will have our first round of admit decisions rendered by April 1, 2011 and all complete files will have a decision by May 1, 2011. We sincerely appreciate your patience during this time. If you'd like to talk with us about your file - give us a call. We'd be more than happy to speak with you.

Posted by Jennifer R. Kott on Thu. March 17, 2011 11:32 AM
RE: Why I chose Carolina Law...
Hi Dania, Without trying to be too personal, I was wondering how you found ways to make it affordable to go to UNC. I would be classified as out-of-state student and while I am pretty sold on the school, I am nervous about the tuition prices and the debt I will come out of school with. I appreciate any advice you can give!
Posted by Jordan on Mon. March 21, 2011 10:31 PM
RE: Why I chose Carolina Law...
Hey Jordan, As far as making UNC affordable, you just need to be smart about your spending habits. Going from having a salary to being a student required me to make some lifestyle changes. Compared to other cities, the cost of living in Chapel Hill is far from outrageous. You can share an apartment for less than $500 a month. First year students are not able to get parking passes (unless you qualify for a hardship pass) and the bus system here is very convenient, which will save you money on gas/car expenses. One thing to keep in mind is that the American Bar Association (ABA) places limitations on how many hours law students can work while in school your first year. Also, obtaining residency status in North Carolina is a little tricker than other states and there are things you need to set in motion this summer if you are hoping to qualify for in-state tuition down the road. If you have more specific questions feel free call the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid at 919.962.8396. Hope that helps!
Posted by Dania L. Haider on Tue. March 22, 2011 10:08 AM

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