I think Vandy, Wake Forest and Duke are definitely reputable schools. I would stay away from state schools, although they are steadily improving their quality of education and reputation among professionals. Applied to Vandy and Wake, as well as all the state schools in Florida (I'm a Fl resident), but I won't end up at a state school, unless something goes seriously wrong and I am left with no other options.
PS- UGA is overrated as an undergraduate institution and as a law school. Its numbers are closely comparable to other (less reputable) schools in the south. In fact, its salaries are easily comparable to the U. of Miami, which is at the lower end of the second tier.