School of Law welcomes most academically talented class

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

This week, the School of Law proudly welcomes 195 students who will become future leaders for state and society. These Juris Doctor, Master of Laws and Master in the Study of Law students will earn their first-rate legal education from an institution that is counted among the best returns on investment in legal education. 

There are 175 students in the J.D. Class of 2023, and they comprise the most academically talented class in the law school’s history – boasting a median LSAT score of 165 and median undergraduate GPA of 3.78. These students are pursuing the traditional three-year law degree and bring varied backgrounds to the School of Law community. Nineteen are first-generation college graduates, while four are military veterans. Approximately 22 percent self-identify as belonging to a minority group. Collectively, these J.D. students studied at 71 undergraduate institutions and claim 24 different states as home.

Eleven students from 10 countries on five continents comprise the fall enrollment group of the LL.M. (Master of Laws) class. This one-year degree is primarily for foreign-trained lawyers seeking international and comparative knowledge to enhance their legal careers. This talented group includes a Fulbright Scholar, experienced corporate and private practice attorneys as well as public service lawyers.

M.S.L. (Master in the Study of Law) students are those who are looking for a greater understanding of the legal system as it intersects with their professional interests. The nine entering M.S.L. students include professionals from law enforcement, business, sales and insurance in addition to recent college graduates. Some hold Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Public Administration and are seeking the M.S.L. to further their education and bolster their careers. These students will study in Athens, Atlanta or a combination of both locations.

All School of Law students are prepared to become the legal leaders of tomorrow by world-class scholars and thought leaders. Connecting students to a range of professional development and service opportunities – such as judicial clerkships, fellowships, research assistantships, externships, and study/work abroad programs as well as an accomplished moot court and mock trial program, three legal journals and 18 experiential learning programs – is central to the school’s mission.

The School of Law is excited to welcome these students to the UGA School of Law community and to help prepare them to find their path benefiting state and society.

All statistics as 8/18/20.