UGA$$/Bama$$$/(Vandy) Decision

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UGA$$/Bama$$$/(Vandy) Decision

Postby Southernlaw57 » Thu May 13, 2010 1:40 pm

I saw there was a similar topic this morning, but didn't want to threadjack so I'm asking here.

I have almost a full tuition scholarship at Bama, In-state tuition at UGA, and have been waitlisted at Vandy so the decision now is mainly between UGA and Bama.

To Consider:
I know that I want to work in either Georgia or South Carolina.
I like both cities, but prefer Athens to Tuscaloosa.
I enjoyed both schools and would feel comfortable studying at either.
I am interested in working in prosecution, or civil litigation (preferably BIGLAW/boutique).
I worked through and after undergrad so I have some savings, and my parents have offered to help out a little. My total debt at UGA would be for cost of living, and total debt at Bama would be negligible (under $5000).

As of now, I'm leaning toward taking the In-state tuition at UGA because of the alumni network throughout Georgia that would help in a job search and because UGA has a prosecutorial clinic.

Just looking for insight into this decision and also for what I should do/consider if Vandy offers a spot off the waitlist later in the summer. Thanks.

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Re: UGA$$/Bama$$$/(Vandy) Decision

Postby Dr. Strangelove » Mon May 17, 2010 1:22 pm

Doesn't seem like much of a difference- UGA gives you better job prospects.

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Re: UGA$$/Bama$$$/(Vandy) Decision

Postby JOThompson » Mon May 17, 2010 1:27 pm

UGA if you're only liable for COL expenses.

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Re: UGA$$/Bama$$$/(Vandy) Decision

Postby ArthurEdens » Mon May 17, 2010 1:29 pm

I wouldn't hold out hope for Vanderbilt. Their WL is a mile long. The total cost of attendance would be back-breaking too.

I say go to UGA:

- you prefer Athens
- it is higher ranked
- better job prospects
- better placement in your target market

- higher cost

The only negative isn't so bad. In-state is, what, about $15k/yr? All things considered, that's not a lot of debt for law school and is worth paying to be satisfied with your experience in law school.

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