The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the nation's first state university to open its doors and the only U.S. public university to grant degrees in the 18th century. The university is consistently ranked among the nation's best in academic quality, diversity, engagement and international presence - and in academic areas ranging from law to business to public health. It has been ranked 1st among public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and the law school is ranked within the Top 10 public law schools. The university also ranks 30th overall in the world according to The Times World University Rankings.
The university is located in Chapel Hill, a sophisticated small town that's part of a larger and easily accessible Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area - an area that the U.S. Census recognizes as having the biggest gain of any metropolitan area in the past ten years. With more than 1.13 million people, the community offers a range of legal opportunities, resources, neighborhoods, cultural events and more.
The campus is a few hours from Washington, D.C, and it's accessible by an international airport (RDU), rail, and bus service. The town of Chapel Hill provides free public transportation, and the campus is also within a short drive of federal courts and state agencies.