I stick by my original conclusion that they offer about the same chance of getting a long-term full-time legal job and of getting a big firm job but UGA is better at placing into federal clerkships (and better at placing into state clerkships of unknown value), but I would add that GSU runs you a greater risk of landing in a small firm with a low salary while UGA runs you a greater risk of being underemployed also with a low salary. GSU students borrow 12K less than UGA students. This is a pretty mixed-bag of data to me. I do not think UGA runs away with it here. I would welcome opinions from other people on this conclusion.
I question the conclusion that GSU and UGA have about the same big law placement based on 2011 LST big firm score alone.
The way to tell your chances of getting biglaw is to figure out what the GPA/class rank cutoffs that firms are using to interview 2Ls during OCI or stated differently how deep into the class are firms going into.
As a 2L whos spoken to 2Ls from all of the Georgia Schools the reponse i've gotten is approximately top 10%(GSU) top 20%-25%(UGA) and top 25%-30%(Emory) for firms in giving out screening interviews. This does not mean that 10% or 20% or 25% of the corresponding schools get a 2L Summer Associate position or end up with offers but the cutoffs are a great indicator of the relative difficulty of getting the 2L SA. In terms of Fed clerkships at UGA and Emory, i think generally only Law Review +/or top 15% will get the chance at UGA and Emory. This means that many ppl who probably were able to secure 2L SA are the same ppl who are able to land fed clerkships. Therefore, those that decide on Fed clerkships forego biglaw upon graduation and take clerkship instead. That is why UGA bigfirm score seems to be barely over GSU's, but that does not mean that the relative biglaw placements are equal.
But if you do want to look at data then you should add up NLJ 250 + fed clerkships to get approx difficulty of getting biglaw and you shouldn't confine yourself to 2011 only.
Heres the full extent of NLJ 250 + Fed Clerkship that I have going all the way back to 2008:
2012 NLJ 250 UGA 9.33% GSU 3.76% 2012 Fed Clerkship N/A yet
2011 NLJ 250 UGA <6.49 (8.8 large firm score) GSU <6.49 (8.1) 2011 Fed Clerkship UGA 7.5% GSU 2.7%
2010 NLJ 250 UGA 11.47 (10.9 large firm score) GSU 13.58 (10.0) 2010 Fed Clerkship UGA 8.68 GSU 2.02
2009 NLJ 250 UGA 15.8 (N/A) GSU <13.2 (N/A) 2009 Fed Clerkship UGA 9.7 GSU 0.0
2008 NLJ 250 UGA 18.5 (N/A) GSU 7.7 (N/A) 2008 Fed Clerkship (approx) UGA 9.0 GSU 1.0
Of course 2008 and 2009 were pre crash data so they are of questionable use but the reputation of law schools in a Geographic region takes a long time to change so i really don't think the difference in how much deeper firms go for interviews will change over the years.
All of this said and in response to OP's situation I think it really depends on what OP finds to be more important. Is the extra 35k-40k worth the extra 10-15% that UGA students that are able to get screening interviews (thus any possibility in biglaw) and the mystical "reputation" of the state flagship school? If one wants to maximize their chances at biglaw / fed clerkships that lead to biglaw, then is the extra 35-40k in cost of attendance worth it? If one wants to simply find any long-term bar required job (ie being a lawyer) then minimizing your debt and going to GSU may not be a bad choice at all.
What I will say is that OP's decision should not be based on specialty rankings (healthlaw) because it really makes no difference at all. There's literally no such thing as healthcare law. Maybe some big firms like Alston or King& Spalding will hand out healthcare work to associates but they don't recruit based on some master's of health degree. Gov jobs like Health and Human Services or CDC are few to non existent because they are broke so its extremely hard to get a post grad employment with them. Hospitals hire in house counsel from junior associates at big firms not some freshly minted JD. OP if you want to do healthcare law then try to get as much experience as you can with entities like HHS or hospitals or firms that have healthcare practice areas, but that really is not going to depend on which law school you attend, it depends on your own efforts and then luck.