WSJ_Law wrote:Respectfully, the UGA v. Emory scenario is a lot different than Tulane v. LSU. While it is true that they are superficially similar (Big State School vs. Best-In-State Private School), LSU is bordering upon T2 while UGA and Emory are separated by 5 ranking spots in the '30s. UGA Law students have clerked for the SCOTUS in recent years, place well in Atlanta, and are not as proportionally inferior statistically to Emory than LSU students are to Tulane. The Louisiana law school analogy is quite limited in this sense.
I had $60k from Emory and $5k at UGA (in-state applicant) and chose not to go to Emory. Why would UGA match scholarship offers at face-value when even UGA at sticker is still less expensive than some Emory scholarships (especially for GA residents)? I almost called UGA to try to leverage my Emory offer but after considering CoA, I realized my request didn't have a leg to stand on.
ITE, TCR = UGA if your goals are Atlanta. And I argue they should be. Going to either UGA or Emory with hopes set on NYC/DC/XYZ Biglaw is foolish. Go to Fordham/Dozo/GW/BU/BC/other regional for anything else. And the uncertainty about Emory's CSO, USNWR drop (trivial, but insofar as it is a product of employment it is not trivial), student (dis)satisfaction, and higher COL in Atlanta were enough to rule out Emory for me personally.
In short, Emory has a higher ceiling for USNWR rank/prestige/reputation over time but it may also have a lower floor in the short term. I think UGA is less volatile and more functionally appropriate if your goals are to become an attorney in Georgia. Emory needs to realize that to get the best GA residents, they will have to make it overtly less expensive to attend Emory than UGA; a $60,000 scholarship to Emory is still not as favorable when you can go to UGA for ~$45k total tuition costs/3yrs. and receive roughly equivalent, yet equally small, prospects in ATL biglaw.
And if you can't get a job in ATL from UGA, enjoy Macon/Warner Robins/Valdosta/Augusta/Columbus/Resaca/etc. Hell yeah.