Saddle Up wrote: timbs4339 wrote:
The job/career prospects between UGA and Duke are worlds apart. If Georgia firms preferred in-state students they wouldn't drop their grade cutoffs for people who went out of state.
Although you've said that you understand the stress and commitment involved in law school and the profession, you still haven't told us whether you actually want to be a lawyer or why you want to join the profession. Do you just want a job where you wear a suit to work everyday and draw a steady paycheck?
At this point I am at a crossroads to do something after UG. The legal profession may have negatives but I do not know of many opportunities where a grad can join the workplace earning a good paycheck on day one (using my brother and sister as examples… plus a number of their friends).
As far as attending higher ranked schools, I saw a couple with employment scores of +90%. Six years ago my brother had the chance to go to one of those schools but instead stayed at UGA for LS and ended up at a large Atlanta firm (pretty much the same for my sister too). So moving out of state would have been a costly and inconvenient exercise.
On my end until the LSAT, everything is speculative. Thanks.
I'm confused by the disconnect here. Are we being unclear, or are you not reading?
It's wonderful that your siblings did well in a different economy. Good for them. That does not mean that you
The chance of you getting a big firm job from UGA is less than 25%. But hey, dude, the employment score on LST is almost 70%! That does not matter.
The chances of you getting your siblings' jobs are 25%.
At Duke (just to take one school that was mentioned as an example), more than 60% of the students get these big firm jobs. Okay? Those are the differences.
One school, under 25% shot. Another, 60%+.
If you want to go to Georgia, that's wonderful. I go to Georgia. I like it here. I got a good, (slightly above) market paying job out of it. But many of my friends, including some on law review, didn't. Say you want to go here because you don't feel comfortable leaving the state - great. Say you want to go here because they're letting you go for free, and you don't care if you get a big law job - wonderful. But do not
say that there is no employment difference between going to Georgia and a place like Duke. Because there really, really, really is.
Moving out of state wouldn't be costly and inconvenient - it would be a better gamble. You can lose at Duke, and you can win at Georgia. But for the love of god, at least understand that they're not the same.