« on: March 02, 2007, 07:30:18 AM »
Yesterday, alot of great people helped me with my decision on Alabama vs. Georgia so now I'm faced with a new comparison- Which should I choose Georgia (total est. cost of living and tuition for me for 3 years- $49578) or George Mason ($98578). Here's my important factors- as far as state of practice either Georgia (the state outside of Atlanta) or Virginia (the state outside of Washington) is fine with me. To be honest I will probably choose any state along the Southern portion of the East Coast all the way to Texas. Now, as for area of law, I'm not that excited about Corporate Law but everything else is fair game. And one big factor [a must!!!!] is the surrounding school districts since my wife-to-be has to find a job there as a middle school teacher but doesn't want to have to wear body armor at work.
One intriguing statistic is the starting salaries are $77500 for UGA grads vs. $105,000 for George Mason which could make the extra expense worth it, but I don't really trust blanket statistics in that regards especially if George Mason's numbers are inflated by wealthy Corporate George Mason grads in D.C. Now I am a UGA undergrad alum, but that home field advantage is somewhat negated by my desire for something new if it has a similar lifestyle to UGA. Anyway, what would be a better choice and what are some other factors to consider?