I used to live in Atlanta, and so can address a few of your concerns. First, let me say I'm not in love with Atlanta. Regardless, I don't think Atlanta is dirty. Besides, Emory is north of the city. As for the job market, I can't say for lawyers, but Atlanta's economy has been great for the past ten years, and I'd assume will continue to be for the near future. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask.