Pricer wrote:My mother has a friend who is a partner at Elarbee Thompson out of Atlanta. I have been on contact with her about some of this, as well. She insists that UGA grads place just as easily, if not better, in Atlanta because of the strong alumni network. She did not go to UGA or Emory, so her view of these schools is unbiased. She said the ONLY reason for me to pick Emory over UGA would be if I wanted to move around the US, but in that case, I would be better off going to Vanderbilt, Texas, or a T14.
This is interesting. I've heard similar things, but I went through every single attorney's profile at Elarbee and found that there were AT LEAST 10-15 Emory Law grads, whereas there were just 2 from UGA. Thats out of a sample of about ~40 attorneys.
This obviously isn't a scientific study or anything (and is only limited to one firm), but it is an interesting piece of information.
Also, check the NLJ250 reports that just recently came out. Emory has about a 9% better placement rate in biglaw. Maybe UGA grads place easily in ATL, but it seems like, of the schools in GA, Emory has better placement rates in biglaw and a better chance of getting there. Even if those chances are pretty weak ITE. No doubt Vandy and the T14 place higher, but for those that aren't getting into those schools, Emory may be the better choice in terms of job prospects.
Its a risk vs reward thing. Are you willing to take on additional debt in favor of better job prospects, or not?
--EDIT-- Sorry to have dug this thread up. Doing some research on Emory and forgot that this was a few weeks old.