« on: March 30, 2009, 09:55:09 AM »
Mercer Law Full-time Program (Ranked 100, 33k Tuition, no scholarship)
Georgia State Law Part-time Program (Ranked 77, 9k Tuition, no scholarship)
I have less than 48 hours to make a decision...well, at least a seat deposit. The answer might seem obvious, but I'm having trouble because of the following:
1) 3 years at Mercer vs. 4-5 years at GSU. I'm 28 years old atm.
2) Mercer has less attrition and significantly higher clerkship placement, although Georgia State places more grads into the NLJ 250 by a very small margin.
3) Mercer has the #1 Legal writing program in the nation. (Which I actually care about)
4) I don't think there is much of a difference between 77 and 100 in the rankings.
5) I feel like my chances for moot court and law review would be enhanced at Mercer both from the standpoint of competitiveness and the distinction between PT and FT. I'm not sure about the latter, I'm hoping someone can fill me in.
6) I went to GSU as an undergrad and their law campus leaves much to be desired while the Mercer Law school building is much more inviting. I know this isn't all that important, but it deserves some attention.
All comments and advice will be appreciated. Please spare me the "don't go to law school" comments. I know it's bad out there but I'm much more concerned about a long term career than instant NLJ 250 success. By the way, I'm looking at roughly 75,000 in debt coming out of GSU as opposed to 150,000 out of Mercer.