Student life at the University of North Carolina School of Law is a truly unforgettable experience. The UNC campus in Chapel Hill, along with Raleigh and Durham, forms the NC “Triangle.” The area is home to the Research Triangle Park – a region of technological growth and development on the East Coast. The location gives students unparalleled opportunities to experience historical and emerging cultures in the new American South.
Whether you wish to dine at one of Chapel Hill’s hundreds of exciting restaurants blending flavors from every corner of the globe, or taste traditional Southern-fried fare, Chapel Hill has something to comfort or challenge everyone’s taste buds – and all at affordable prices. One city block on downtown Franklin Street can feature dozens of different restaurants and cuisines, such as Indian, Ethiopian, Italian, Japanese, and French dishes. They range from crowd-pleasing “taco trucks” to intimate, award-winning restaurants. Area restaurants have embraced a culture of “farm to table” food. Many restaurants either grow their own produce or buy their ingredients from local farmers. Most produce is organic and coffee shops sell ethical fair trade coffee. The city and area also hosts a number of microbreweries, distilleries, and wineries. Check out the town of Chapel Hill’s visitor's dining guide for more ideas, and be sure to look at Yelp's Raleigh-Durham page for nearby options.
Food trucks make their rounds in the Triangle.
In 2005, Rolling Stone Magazine voted the NC Triangle number two on its list of college towns that rock. Students are within walking distance to everything from Jazz halls to techno dance clubs. Rockers, rap artists, singers, and other musicians from the NC Triangle flock to Chapel Hill to play for the packed venues and excited crowds. LL.M. students may find themselves at a rock concert at Cat's Cradle one night and watching a Broadway musical at The Durham Performing Arts Center the next. For more information about the nightlife in Chapel Hill, check out the town’s full listing of venues.
Never a dull moment
As an LL.M. student, you’ll enjoy the same benefits as the undergraduate and J.D. students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Besides the opportunity of living on a stunning campus with a diverse, involved student body, you’ll have access to all of the university’s amenities, such as a network of gyms, pools, libraries, and media centers. UNC has a student health clinic on campus with its own attached pharmacy. Every weekend during the semester the Carolina Union Activities Board holds free movie screenings of the latest blockbusters in UNC’s own movie theater. LL.M. students receive discounted tickets to events at Memorial Hall, which features a wide array of performances throughout the year, including the Carolina Comedy Festival every February. Playmakers Repertory Company features professional theater productions based out of the University. International students often enjoy reading UNC’s entirely student-run newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel. Student groups constantly sponsor presentations and speakers on campus throughout the year. For a full and current listing of campus events, check out UNC’s event calendar.
International students love the weather at the University! Chapel Hill enjoys a very mild climate throughout the year. Residents experience all four seasons with warm summers and occasional snowfall in the winter. The most common weather pattern, however, is a clear Carolina blue sky!
Chapel Hill, along with Raleigh and Durham, lies in the heart of North Carolina – a uniquely progressive state in the new American South. Students are equidistant from the beaches of Eastern NC and the mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway of Asheville to the west. The university is a short drive from RDU – an international airport with service across the United States and the world. The airport is home to budget airlines such as JetBlue and Southwest as well as larger carriers like US Airways, United, and American Airlines. Air travel from RDU is accessible for almost any budget. Both Durham and Raleigh have Amtrak stations with train lines running up and down the East Coast. UNC Students may also rent Zipcars from the University – perfect for day trips to the surrounding area and the occasional grocery run. Additionally, many students use Megabus – an inexpensive bus line offering service to Charlotte, N.C., Washington, D.C., and up the East Coast to New York City and Boston. The NC Triangle is the perfect travel hub for an international student who wants to see more of the United States.
Between studies, UNC law students have no shortage of exciting things to do. There is always something happening on campus. LL.M. students receive free admission to every home football game of the season, and they can register with the student lottery for free men’s basketball tickets. Students also receive free admission to baseball, lacrosse, and soccer games. If you’d rather play than be a spectator there are numerous intramural and club sports at UNC, including football, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, field hockey, and rugby. The NC Triangle is home to the Durham Bulls – a professional baseball team. The Law School plans outings in the fall for international students to attend the games and see the “all-American” sport in action.
An intramural softball team
Chapel Hill is a short drive from Jordan Lake, which offers camping grounds, hiking trails, and swimming during the fall, spring and summer months. Students may also wish to hike the American Tobacco Trail, which stretches from Durham to Apex.
Last, but not least, the Triangle is a central hub for shopping in North Carolina. The Streets at Southpoint Mall, North Hills Mall, and Crabtree Valley Mall offer a wide variety of shops and retailers, while Franklin Street showcases local businesses offering hand-made artisan crafts and UNC gifts. Every Saturday students can shop for delicious produce and homemade goods at the numerous farmers markets throughout the area. These are just a few of the options that will make your year of LL.M. studies at UNC the best and most involved of your life!