Blog Posts: Michael J. States

Michael J. States

Getting Practical at UNC School of Law

Carolina Law provides the kind of practical experiences that will prepare you to excel in the real-world practice of law.

Judge for Yourself

Our first-year students build a strong foundation for legal learning in our innovative and intensive writing and research program. More than 25 newly developed transition-to-practice courses offer second- and third-year students hands-on learning in a broad range of practice areas, from bankruptcy to biotechnology.

Carolina Law's Externship Program enhances the traditional classroom experience by placing more than 150 students annually with practicing lawyers and judges in the community, the state and beyond. Student externs explore particular areas of practice, while developing key lawyering skills.


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Posted by Michael J. States on Tue. February 25, 2014 10:00 AM
Categories: Academics, Admissions

"Where Learning Is at the Center of Everything"

One thing many of our entering 1L students are typically curious about is the classroom experience at UNC School of Law. While the law school classroom environment is certainly not the same as is it was at the undergraduate level, it is not as intimidating as popular culture sometimes portrays it, for example as in "One L," Scott Turow's iconic memoir of his first year at Harvard Law School.

We asked award-winning UNC School of Law teachers Elizabeth Gibson, Burton Craige Professor of Law, and Joseph Kennedy, professor of law, to discuss their teaching philosophy and the first-year experience. Watch this video to learn more about their methods in the classroom and the importance of teaching at Carolina Law. You'll see that our faculty members are invested in their students' success and are truly engaged in the classroom.

We look forward to seeing you in August! In the meantime, keep checking the Carolina Law admitted students blog for important information.


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Posted by Michael J. States on Wed. June 26, 2013 1:43 PM
Categories: Admissions

Why Carolina Law? Kelly Anderson 3L Weighs In

Interested in learning more about your Carolina Law peers? This summer we are doing a series of interviews with a few of our students about why they chose Carolina Law and what they have enjoyed about their experience in law school thus far. Stay tuned to the admitted students blog over the next couple of months as we share with you the highlights from these student conversations.

Meet Kelly Anderson 3L and learn more about why she chose Carolina Law and how she gained skills and confidence through her work with the student-run Pro Bono Program.


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Posted by Michael J. States on Fri. June 7, 2013 12:35 PM
Categories: Admissions, Pro Bono & Public Interest

[Video] How Carolina Law Prepares Students for Practice

At UNC School of Law, our practical skills offerings enable our students to leave here with the professional experience to prepare them for a successful legal career. Are you wondering which of our opportunities to gain practical skills training might appeal to you? In this video, our faculty, staff and students outline the many ways that Carolina Law exposes our students to the actual practice of law and offers them important chances to gain leadership and legal skills.


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Posted by Michael J. States on Tue. April 9, 2013 1:50 PM
Categories: Admissions

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