atlantalaw wrote:congrats to all the accepted and good luck to those waiting to find out!
- another 1L at uga willing to answer questions.
What 3 schools did you consider the most, and why did UGA win out?
FSU, UF, and UGA.
I considered these 3 because they offered me in-state tuition, which is ridiculously cheaper than any other tuition rates I saw for any other law school (not just for the quality of these schools, just lowest tuition around). FSU offered me a large scholarship on top of in-state tuition (almost free).
I want to practice in the Atlanta area, but I haven't ruled out practicing in Florida (Orlando area, probably).
I went to undergrad at UGA - this was a plus and a minus. Generally, people love college towns. I don't. Tally is a great city and FSU has a major advantage for summer internships because the campus is in the state capital. Athens and Gainesville are both college towns. Also, I know this is weird but I don't like football and having to work my Saturday plans around football really irks me.
UGA is the most prestigious of the 3 but UF has a fantastic alumni network.
I heard negative things about UF so it made me feel like I was gambling a bit if I chose UF.
I heard positive things about FSU and it was the cheapest.
I heard positive things about UGA, I'd like to end up in Atlanta and I was used to the area (again, plus and minus since I didn't want to have to acclimate to a new city but I dislike Athens). I have to say though, Athens as an undergrad and Athens as a law student is entirely different. Mostly because I never have any time to do anything except study, work out, and eat. It really wouldn't matter if I were in NYC or Athens at this point.
In short, I want to practice in GA and I get in-state tuition at UGA; it is too good of an offer to pass up. I definitely feel I made the right choice. Picking a law school is a very personal choice, and what I considered was cost, area, and future goals. The quality of the education at UGA is outstanding (obviously, can't speak for any other law school since I haven't attended any other institution), and I feel that if I take advantage of the opportunities at UGA then I will have a very bright future.