Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

(Rankings, Profiles, Tuition, Student Life, . . . )

Vandy (54k) vs Emory (45k) vs UGA (at most 3k)

Vandy
28
78%
Emory
2
6%
UGA
6
17%
 
Total votes: 36

jbernest
Posts: 5
Joined: Thu May 16, 2013 10:58 pm

Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby jbernest » Thu May 16, 2013 11:22 pm

I am considering Vanderbilt, Emory, and Georgia. I have received a total of $54,000 from Vanderbilt and $45,000 from Emory, and none yet from UGA. With all things included, it would cost me an extra $46,000 to attend Vandy over UGA, and an extra $6,000 to attend Emory over Vandy. I would be financing almost all of my education with loans.

Obviously the ties to UGA are mainly cost-related, and I recently received my undergraduate degree from there. I most likely want to work in Atlanta upon graduation (but would possibly be open to other cities within the Southeast). I want to go into the private sector (either working at a law firm or in the finance or sports industry).

Is there any reason to choose Emory over Vandy, or UGA over either of those two? I am unsure of how class rank at each school affects employment opportunities, especially in this economy.

Lastly, I am on the waitlist at Duke. If I am accepted does that trump all of the others even without any financial aid? Thanks so much for any and all help!

User avatar
North
Posts: 4041
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:09 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby North » Thu May 16, 2013 11:26 pm

You can scratch Emory off your list. There isn't a world where it's worth more than Vanderbilt.

Have you already negotiated for additional scholarship money?

What are the total costs of attendance at each school, including cost of living (rent, food, etc.)?

User avatar
hephaestus
Posts: 2385
Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:21 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby hephaestus » Thu May 16, 2013 11:29 pm

That's too much money for Vandy (and way too much for Emory). What is your Lsat/GPA?

User avatar
WokeUpInACar
Posts: 5513
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:11 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby WokeUpInACar » Thu May 16, 2013 11:31 pm

I think that is too much debt for Vandy, but it's probably worth the ~40k more than UGA. Emory shouldn't be an option.

jbernest
Posts: 5
Joined: Thu May 16, 2013 10:58 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby jbernest » Thu May 16, 2013 11:35 pm

North - I have negotiated with UGA but have yet to negotiate with the other two. I am planning to visit their campuses in the near future and I will then.

Imnoscar - lsat is 161 (took twice), gpa is 3.84 in finance

thanks again for all of the help, i have no idea what to do as of right now and am getting all sorts of differing opinions

User avatar
WokeUpInACar
Posts: 5513
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:11 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby WokeUpInACar » Thu May 16, 2013 11:37 pm

You need to retake the LSAT sir. Unless you studied for hundreds of hours you haven't even come near your potential, and 5+ more points would massively improve your options.

rad lulz
Posts: 9844
Joined: Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:53 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby rad lulz » Thu May 16, 2013 11:39 pm

Get a job in finance while you retake the LSAT

User avatar
MyNameIsFlynn!
Posts: 785
Joined: Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:29 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby MyNameIsFlynn! » Thu May 16, 2013 11:41 pm

Are you URm?

If not, congrats on the schollies with your numbers. In any case, you should retake.

User avatar
North
Posts: 4041
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:09 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby North » Thu May 16, 2013 11:42 pm

jbernest wrote:Imnoscar - lsat is 161 (took twice), gpa is 3.84

Oh man, you need to retake the LSAT. I'd kill for that GPA, please don't waste it.

User avatar
hephaestus
Posts: 2385
Joined: Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:21 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby hephaestus » Thu May 16, 2013 11:46 pm

jbernest wrote:North - I have negotiated with UGA but have yet to negotiate with the other two. I am planning to visit their campuses in the near future and I will then.

Imnoscar - lsat is 161 (took twice), gpa is 3.84 in finance

thanks again for all of the help, i have no idea what to do as of right now and am getting all sorts of differing opinions

Would you consider retaking? That's a trenendous GPA. With a few more points you could easily get into Duke or UVA. Either school is a much better fit for your goals.

jbernest
Posts: 5
Joined: Thu May 16, 2013 10:58 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby jbernest » Thu May 16, 2013 11:53 pm

thanks for all of the input. is there a world where i should not retake? i am open to the idea, i have just never considered it until now

User avatar
WokeUpInACar
Posts: 5513
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:11 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby WokeUpInACar » Thu May 16, 2013 11:57 pm

jbernest wrote:thanks for all of the input. is there a world where i should not retake? i am open to the idea, i have just never considered it until now

You have such an amazing GPA, and a few months of intense study could mean you'd be paying less to attend Duke or UVA than you're paying at Vandy right now.

Edit: This is going to affect the rest of your life, and studying for the LSAT might be the best hourly rate you ever attain in your life. The long term difference could easily be hundreds of thousands.

User avatar
MyNameIsFlynn!
Posts: 785
Joined: Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:29 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby MyNameIsFlynn! » Fri May 17, 2013 12:09 am

jbernest wrote:thanks for all of the input. is there a world where i should not retake? i am open to the idea, i have just never considered it until now


If a 161 got you $ at Vandy and WL at duke, 165ish would probably get you in at T10-14 and 170 could get you $$$$ at Duke/UVA. Your gpa is great, the LSAT is the only thing holding you back and it's a learnable test

p.s. the Atl legal market is a shitshow. Search around on these forums for info on it, but tl;dr it's one of the hardest to get an offer in. Be prepared to end up elsewhere.

BigZuck
Posts: 10853
Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:53 am

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby BigZuck » Fri May 17, 2013 9:01 am

There is not a universe where you should not retake the LSAT.

You got WL at Duke with a 161 which must mean your application is pretty good otherwise. 168+ you're looking at money and 170+ probably serious money. 3.7/169 was getting 90K there this cycle. Definitely retake, I know at least one TLSer who made an 8 point jump, you can too.

User avatar
MarkinKansasCity
Posts: 10955
Joined: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:18 am

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby MarkinKansasCity » Fri May 17, 2013 9:32 am

BigZuck wrote:There is not a universe where you should not retake the LSAT.

You got WL at Duke with a 161 which must mean your application is pretty good otherwise. 168+ you're looking at money and 170+ probably serious money. 3.7/169 was getting 90K there this cycle. Definitely retake, I know at least one TLSer who made an 8 point jump, you can too.


158 -> 166 checking in

I didn't have time to retake again, or I would have. Also, I too would kill for a 3.84.

User avatar
North
Posts: 4041
Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:09 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby North » Fri May 17, 2013 9:40 am

MarkinKansasCity wrote:
BigZuck wrote:There is not a universe where you should not retake the LSAT.

You got WL at Duke with a 161 which must mean your application is pretty good otherwise. 168+ you're looking at money and 170+ probably serious money. 3.7/169 was getting 90K there this cycle. Definitely retake, I know at least one TLSer who made an 8 point jump, you can too.


158 -> 166 checking in

I didn't have time to retake again, or I would have. Also, I too would kill for a 3.84.

152 post-study diagnostic ---> 168 ---> 173 here OP. Wish I had your 3.8.

Retake. Use TLS to study.

User avatar
TheThriller
Posts: 2285
Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:12 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby TheThriller » Fri May 17, 2013 11:03 am

Retake and enjoy Vandy for near free and a UVA/DUKE (sky's the limit if you absolutely crank dat lsat honestly)

User avatar
Doorkeeper
Posts: 4872
Joined: Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:25 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby Doorkeeper » Fri May 17, 2013 12:21 pm

rad lulz wrote:Get a job in finance while you retake the LSAT

This.

OP you need to retake that 161. Do not waste your 3.84 GPA. If you improve even 4-5 points then the T14 becomes a definite possibility.

gregfootball2001
Posts: 319
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:35 am

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby gregfootball2001 » Fri May 17, 2013 7:37 pm

I agree that Emory should be off the table regardless - not worth it.

I'd say Retake>Vandy>UGA.

User avatar
TheThriller
Posts: 2285
Joined: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:12 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby TheThriller » Fri May 17, 2013 9:07 pm

OP, can you provide us with COA for each, not scholarships amounts please?

PRgradBYU
Posts: 1419
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:04 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby PRgradBYU » Sat May 18, 2013 3:26 pm

TheThriller wrote:OP, can you provide us with COA for each, not scholarships amounts please?

jayman12
Posts: 48
Joined: Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:26 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby jayman12 » Sat May 18, 2013 3:42 pm

PRgradBYU wrote:
TheThriller wrote:OP, can you provide us with COA for each, not scholarships amounts please?

FlowBro
Posts: 334
Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:15 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby FlowBro » Sat May 18, 2013 3:58 pm

158-171 here. You can do it.

jbernest
Posts: 5
Joined: Thu May 16, 2013 10:58 pm

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby jbernest » Sun May 19, 2013 8:32 pm

COA for each (housing is the only living expense included, since I would have these regardless): Vandy is 131,500, Emory is 136,100, UGA is 85,900

BigZuck
Posts: 10853
Joined: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:53 am

Re: Vandy vs Emory vs UGA ... & maybe Duke

Postby BigZuck » Sun May 19, 2013 8:56 pm

jbernest wrote:COA for each (housing is the only living expense included, since I would have these regardless): Vandy is 131,500, Emory is 136,100, UGA is 85,900


I have no idea what this means.

How much will you be in debt at graduation from each school? Include total cost of attendance minus scholarships, plus tuition increases, plus interest.




Return to “Choosing a Law School”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: elterrible78, TheSpanishMain and 3 guests