BruceWayne wrote: Duke just gets more northern students than UVA and their reputation is not as strong in the South as UVA's is.
That's a pretty bold statement. I'm not sure I'd buy that either Virginia or Duke clearly has a "stronger" reputation in the South. They both do well in the South, but far more students are going to DC+NYC than to the South at both schools. Virginia does have more Virginians than Duke does Carolinians because Virginia has to reserve a certain number of spots for Virginians.
Your broader point about the New South is well taken. The economy along i85 is growing, and attracting transplants because of job opportunities and a low cost of living. It's also proved more robust in the downturn than some other growing regions like Nevada. So far, however, from what I can tell this region still hasn't developed a central legal market that really competes closely with DC and NYC for sheer size. I expect it to eventually. If I were looking for biglaw and picking a market based on expected growth I'd probably go somewhere in the New South.
It's not "bold" at all. As someone familiar with people from both schools, UVA has the highest percentage of Southerners out of any top 14 school. As far as UVA and Duke's rep in the South goes; I think you're mixing up Duke as an overall institution with the rep of it's law school in the South. UVA Law
Southern rep is incredible because it's such an old school, and because it sends a substantial amount of its grads to the South. It never ceases to amaze me how unknown UVA is to the layperson, but how every Southern lawyer I've met has been borderline floored when I tell them that I attend UVA law.
AssumptionRequired wrote:ver places like CA and NY? really, i guess i just dont see it. I grew up in CA and enjoy Texas, but there is alot it doesnt offer
That's because you're not from the South (and probably haven't spent much time there) and you're probably in your early 20s. For people who are focused on a low stress lifestyle and having their money go far in terms of purchasing power, it's very attractive. Combine that with the weather and you have a part of the country that is rapidly growing.