I'm thinking about going there since it's pretty well ranked, good price, and has a good reputation from what people have told me, but I want more info. How are its career prospects? Do people coming out of Georgia Law actually get paid a decent amount (70,000+?). How is the location of the school. I wouldn't mind working in Atlanta (actually sort of like the idea) but does it have any national reach? I'm thinking between Georgia and Bloomington, but I'm not sure which one to go to, any help? Any first hand experience? Thanks in advance for the help.
Neither school is likely to get you to NYC or LA if that's what you mean by national reach. Both schools are good deals for in-state residents, bad deals for those paying out of state tuition.Even in a very good year in a booming economy, less than 1/3 of the students from each school are going to get six figure jobs. Once you get outside the big firms, branch offices of big firms, and large regional firms, you're left with jobs that pay a lot less. Jobs that pay $70-90K are not common at all, though a small number do exist. What I am saying is that if you don't get the big bucks job you are more likely to get a job that pays $50K or less, and not that many students from either school will get big bucks jobs.
Georgia will serve you very well. You will be pleased with your purchasing decision.
I'm really not looking for a national degree, and I wasn't really expecting GA to be that degree (or Bloomington). I was just curious. I'm not really expecting triple digit salaries either (the notion of that kind of salary at 25 seems too good to be true anyways, lol). All I really want is to find a school where I can find a job out of law school relatively easily, even if it is at around $50,000. According to their employment statistics, about a third of their graduates make triple digit salary out of law school, and not to overrate my abilities, but I believe I can come close to the top third. But then again, I'm a cautious person so I won't hold my breath. It's also seemed like a good alternative if I don't get into UIUC (like I said, I wouldn't living in Atlanta, and their tuitions are practically identical even if I am an out of state student for GA).
in-state tuition is achievable for "almost everyone" by 2L. this means you're looking at around $15k/year for 2L and 3L even if you get NO scholarship. many out of state students are offered what they call a "tuition equalization scholarship" for 1L also, which gives you the in-state rate for first year. i'm pretty excited about attending UGA in the fall, but can't speak to the employment prospects ITE. i think the best we all can hope for (no matter what school) is to work hard, try for good grades, and network our butts off.