rad law wrote:alexonfyre wrote:Truth in that. The guys I knew were all top 10% at UGA, if you can do that (and if you got into Vandy, you can), then you are good to go.
I'd caution against this reasoning, due to the exceptional nature of law school exams and the study of law itself, which are unlike anything one has studied before. It's not just a new subject, it's a new way of learning and considering material. LSAT and GPA don't correlate well to LS scores. They do, but not well. I think there are stats floating around TLS somewhere if I recall correctly. Anyone in LS has anecdotes about 25% GPA/LSAT combos who are top 10% or 170+ LSATs who are at the bottom.
A safer strategy is not to go anywhere you wouldn't be happy at median.
45k at UGA vs. 140k at Vandy. This is a fair debate on the merits of Vandy vs. UGA for Atlanta, but I simply don't see there being $100,000 + interest of difference. I went to Georgia Tech which is, oddly enough, a feeder school for Vandy law, and (over the course of the 15 times I met their people over my 5 years) they sold me on their ability to place in Atlanta. I think that a Vandy Law education could be worth better than 100k more than a UGA one, but only as far as its range of influence is wider. If you take that away and focus on just the Southeast, or Atlanta, it loses that edge. That's my opinion, and I can't argue with the point you made about GPA/LSAT performance, my logic was probably a bit flawed there.