Rik Smits wrote:I'm an undergrad at Vandy and absolutely hate Alabama with a passion, but I would still pick Alabama, given your circumstances. Like others have said, you can transfer next year if you find Alabama to be a poor fit, but I doubt you will.
Transferring is much harder than you make it seem. I doubt OP will, because most people don't have the grades to. That said, still go to Bama.
I also think the portability aspect of an Alabama degree is being underrated. It's a fine institution, and whenever I look through the attorneys list of Nashville firms, there are always lawyers from Alabama, Kentucky, etc. You aren't limited to Birmingham if you graduate from Alabama - there are other options out there.
Past hiring =/= future hiring. If OP is concerned, I'd run a search of recently hired associates in firms in the region OP wants.
edit: which still won't give you a perfect picture. Self selection comes into it. I'd also ask current students or career services.