vbc515 wrote:Hey everybody,
I'm posting around on all the GA school threads to see that y'all think.... I got my last scholarship offer today so it's time to make a decision. Basically, I can attend Emory or UGA for about the same price (around $70k rounding up - I live in ATL currently and don't pay rent here, but I'd have to get a place in Athens), GSU for around $35k, or Mercer for a little less than that (I was offered a full ride, but would have to get a place in Macon.)
My goal for right out of law school is to practice in Atlanta Biglaw. I've worked at Alston & Bird and I'm at McKenna, Long, & Aldridge currently, and from my experience, hiring potential between Emory/UGA is about the same, they tend to take from the top 5-10% at GSU, and #1 or #2 out of 150 grads at Mercer.
Thoughts? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance and hope you all have a wonderful day. It's pretty nasty here in Atlanta today.
Given your goal of biglaw, Emory hands down. About 12.5% of the 2011 class at Emory went to NLJ 250 firms. UGA didn't even make the top 50 list (so must have had less than 6.5%).
But I would also like to comment on your suggestion that firms like Alston or McKenna hire deeper into the class at GSU compared to Mercer. While it is true that the #1 student from Mercer's 2011 class was hired at McKenna, I believe both firms generally consider Mercer students in the top 10% and sometimes students outside the top 10%. Further, when you account for the difference in class sizes between GSU and Mercer (Mercer's class size is 66% of GSU's), you will see that the schools have placed equally at both firms.
Here are the number of lawyers at each firm from each school (if I counted correctly -- Alston doesn't let you search just by law school), with the adjusted-for-class-size GSU number in parenthesis.
Mercer - 12, GSU 17 (11.22)
Mercer - 14, GSU 22 (14.52)