« on: June 17, 2007, 02:04:25 AM »
I just finished my junior year at UGA. Most of the replies above have good advice -- reading helps, GPA/LSAT is key (more than how "prestigious" your undergrad school or major is), etc. I just thought I'd drop in to say a little more. First, think about why you want to go to UGA. Is it because you think it looks better, or that it's qualitatively better for you (i.e., you would learn more)? The first reason, assuming you would stay at State otherwise, is probably not a good reason; the second probably is.
That said, what would transferring mean? You said the business program is hard to get into; that's what they say, though acceptances ebb and flow and seem to have increased lately. Finance may be one of the harder ones to get into, even of the business majors, though probably not the "hardest". One (minor) thing I would consider is that, at least among business majors (which I am not), the required accounting courses have a reputation for being very hard -- if you haven't taken that or it won't transfer, that won't help your GPA, which (to repeat...) is key. But all that -- both whether you can get into business (odds are probably better than you think) and how hard the program will be -- are very dependent on how smart and hard-working you are. And I've been led to believe those traits are also pretty important for law school, so if you've got 'em, you'll be fine. And if you don't -- well, it really doesn't matter where you get your degree from.
One more thing -- some of the best pre-law advice I've heard is to pick a major you're interested in, that you will do well in, rather than what you think law schools want to see. If you're doing finance solely to "prepare" for corporate law (and you don't really give a damn about finance), that may not be as helpful as you might think.
Good luck and if you have any other questions about UGA feel free to let me know.