The legal market is much larger in Atlanta. The Miami market is tough to get into, but the Atlanta market is not easy to get into either. Ive lived in both and prefer Atlanta, but I grew up in Florida.
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Anyone else planning on living in Decatur? I feel like I'm the only one. I'm looking to get a high rise apartment.
Define "high rise." There are not any high rises [buildings that are 20+ stories] in Decatur. If you want high rise living, midtown or buckhead are your choices.
I can give a perspective about Clairmont. I lived there my first year because I did not want to be bothered with having to find a roommate, buying furniture, etc. Essentially, I was lazy. It was great for my first year. You are on Emory's campus, but away from the law school, so you dont feel like you are at school all the time. It is dormish, so if you are totally against that, than Clairmont is probably not for you.
A LOT of 1Ls do Post. I looked at it, but thought it was a rip off. Plastic siding and linoleum in the kitchen for that price? No thanks. But a lot of people like it, however, a significant amount of people are not living there next year because of the increase in robberies/thefts.
This year I live in midtown and love it. Granted my drive is somewhat longer [15-20 minutes], but my opinion of Atlanta has dramatically improved after living there. I live right next to the park which is great.
I know people who live in the Highlands and the commute never seems to be a problem.
I really dont think where you live your first year is that big of an issue. I think your budget constraints will decide that for you.
In terms of cost, GENERALLY:
For those of you already at Emory, do you know if it's possible to get more $$ if you do well after the first year?
No, the school does not. My 3/4 tuition scholarship is no longer 3/4, it is quickly approaching a 1/2 tuition scholarship. However, Emory is pretty good about giving you info about other sources of scholarships for your 2L and 3L year, if you have the time and motivation to apply for them, more power to you.
The price of tickets for delta and airtran are usually identical coming to and from atl because atl is both of their hubs and therefore they compete for atl travelers. Delta basically owns the atl airport, but airtran's planes are newer and nicer. You'll have the same chance of delays from both.
I am a 2L at Emory and thought I'd answer some of the questions in further detail about OCI.
I have been through it and it is exhausting, but in a good way. Emory has 2 Fall "On Campus" Interviews. I quote on campus because they have other OCIs but they are in different cities. For example, there is a Fall OCI called "Emory in New York OCI" and this is when Emory gets a bunch of NY firms to come to one place in NY to interview Emory students. The process is the same to apply for the interviews, the difference is that you have to go to the respective city for the interview if you get one. We have these in Chicago, Boston, Dallas, and S. Cal. The 2 OCIs in the fall that are on campus are, as a previous poster mentioned, essentially for different firms. The earlier one has all the large firms, I think that one last year had 100+ firms. The second one is for mid-sized to smaller firms, I think that had about 50+ firms. Also, there are a couple "Resume Drop" deadlines. This is like applying for an interview, but these employers are not planning to come to campus and will contact you if they want to interview you upon receiving your resume, transcript, etc.
There is also an OCI in the spring, this one is much smaller because most of the mid to larger firms do their hiring in the Fall.
Employers are allowed to choose who they interview. Not surprisingly this is usually based on class rank. However, the OCS encourages students to apply for jobs even if they dont meet the listed criteria, which I did, and got a lot of interviews that I did not "qualify" for.
Furthermore, the OCS encourages students to attend job fairs which is the best advice. I got the majority of my callbacks and offers from attending 2 job fairs. So while OCI is good, def do not completely rely on it. Job fairs, independent mailings, networking, etc. are all invaluable resources to find a job.
I agree that GSU is good for Atlanta mid size firms and firms for the rest of the state. Placement in BIGLAW in Atlanta, Emory edges out UGA and GSU is a distant third. I am basing this off the composition of my summer class (out of the 20 summer associates, 6 are from Emory, 1 is from UGA, and 0 are from GSU.) Regarding placement in BIGLAW outside of GA, Emory is undoubtedly the choice, UGA if you are top 10%, maybe top 1/4, and really tough from GSU.
Regarding Atlanta is the city too lazy to hate, I dont even understand what that means, but that is besides the point. Atlanta is incredibly diverse, it just suffers from urban sprawl, in that you have to travel around the city to see its diversity. It is not going to be apparent if you limit yourself to one area of the city.
« on: February 28, 2008, 12:43:52 PM »
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If you do not get a scholarship and do not want to do biglaw then dont go to Emory. If you can go somewhere free and have minimal biglaw aspirations, then take it. Esp if you want to get a state clerkship in the which the school is a state university of.
« on: February 24, 2008, 12:20:08 PM »
Depending on your aspirations [public interest, gov't, small, med, & large firm], I would not apply to JM in Atlanta if you want to do anything other than public interest or small firm, and even there your prospects will be slim. I know you want advice on where else to apply, but I am telling you that it will probably be best to wait until you get your score from the retake to reevaluate your list of potential schools. I go to school in Atlanta and will be working here this summer and if you aspire to work in atlanta, you need to know that the competition is fierce in this city and JM is at the very bottom of the list for employers. Hopefully this will give you a bit more motivation on your retake. Best of luck!
Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Re: Let's rank the best law schools by region (based on our opinions, not USNWR)« on: February 22, 2008, 10:58:32 AM »
I am curious as to why everyone, well almost everyone, on this board places W&L higher than Emory in the south. If you look at Atlanta [the largest city and undoubtedly the legal and financial hub of the south], W&L only placed FOUR students in Georgia and I am assuming that all of them went to Atlanta. Furthermore, if you look at the amount of students that W&L placed in southern states, it of course placed the most in Virginia [which I assume the majority went NE VA, i.e. DC - which is NOT the south], but outside of that, Florida was the next best with 6 students. Perhaps I do not understand the idea behind this thread, but are we not ranking the best schools in the south and shouldnt placement within the south be the MAIN factor? All of you 0Ls don't know yet, but where your law school places the most students becomes very important when you are looking for jobs. Therefore, I think W&L should enjoy a higher ranking than Emory in the Mid Atlantic region, but not in the south.