jaxangler wrote:I voted UGA. Vandy is certainly impressive, and the name will carry weight, but you want Atlanta or Charleston. Vandy may open a few more doors, but UGA isn't closing any doors in either of those locations. Do well at UGA, enjoy Athens and the beautiful women it provides, and graduate with an amount of debt that is reasonable. You will be much happier paying off 90k in debt rather than 200k when you working.
I'm a huge prestige whore, and this was my reasoning in choosing a lower-ranked and cheaper (via scholarship) school over Vandy at near-sticker. Vandy's fantastic (city, campus, and I'll miss the sports most of all!)... but when considering that kind of debt, I'd rather not set 2x the debt against a mere better
shot at landing the type of job required to pay off the extra debt quickly. Good grades =/= Biglaw Secure (ask the no-offers and shafted top 15% kids from places like Michigan and Virginia) and middling/bad grades doesn't necessarily mean doc review (although, word of caution, it's safer to assume that it is and work as though it isn't from what I've gleaned from the wisdom of Matthies). You're making your decision without knowing whether you will even fall withing that near 50% Biglaw number. You already know the debt situation to a certainty. Given your goals and preferred location, UGA is TCR.