« on: February 08, 2008, 07:53:09 AM »
I'm not really sure where the UNC is more prestigious than Emory stuff started. While UNC is a very, very good school, Emory is as well. Maybe they don't have a top ranked (if any) basketball team, but that is beside the point. For laymen, yes, UNC carries more weight because it has more name recognition. In the legal world, I have seen very little to support the claim that UNC is "more prestigious" than Emory.
That being said: I do agree with the poster that said if you are from NC, and if you plan to stay there, and UNC is cheaper, there is little reason to go to Emory. I'm from FL, didn't even apply to UF, and now since I'm thinking about going back there, I'm kicking myself a little because it costs less to go to UF for all of law school than one year at Emory.
However, here are some reasons why you might want to chose Emory: 1) If you are thinking about DC or NY Emory has a lot of alumni working in those markets and Career Services work hard to put you there. 2) As another poster pointed out, Emory is a hub of legal activity for the south: 11th cir., state government, large city, etc. 3) Emory, at least last year, gave out A LOT of money and at the end of the day it might be cheaper to go there. 4) For a big city with lots to do, it is VERY inexpensive. Someone compared the cost of living to Gainsville, which is fairly accurate: G'ville is slightly cheaper but with much less going on. Atlanta is thriving city with very low cost of living.
As for all of the crime concerns, I won't lie, it is here. It is also by the law school. There recently were some armed robberies in the apt complex where most law students live. I live closer to midtown, which has it's share of problems. However, I would guess it isn't as bad as Philadelphia or downtown LA, and you don't here complaining about the crime at Penn or USC. If crime is really an issue, I would go to Washington and Lee.
If you have specific questions about Emory, you can PM me and I will do my best to answer.