UGA School of Law grads record highest state bar passage rate for fifth consecutive year

Monday, October 29, 2018

The University of Georgia School of Law is proud to announce that for the fifth consecutive year, its graduates had the highest bar examination passage rate for first-time takers in the state of Georgia for the July sitting. “We make a promise to all students who choose to attend our law school that we will provide a world-class educational experience that prepares them for successful careers,” said School of Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge. “For five years now, our graduates have had the highest bar passage rate in our state for first-time test takers, which sends a strong signal that we are indeed delivering on that promise.”

Grants broaden access for students through innovative programs, including the law school's Benham Scholars Program

Friday, October 26, 2018

“UGA has been my dream school for so long,” Justin Edge said. “This is the school for me. It’s a great institution.” That dream became a reality for Edge and three other first-year law students named to the initial group of Benham Scholars thanks, in part, to New Approaches to Promote Diversity and Inclusion grants, which supports the program by funding the students’ participation in the school’s early start program in addition to offering academic support and professional development opportunities. The Benham Scholars program, named for Robert Benham, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia and the second African American graduate of UGA’s School of Law, is just one of the 21 grant proposals funded through the program, which was announced by UGA President Jere W. Morehead in August 2017.

School of Law wins annual Florida/Georgia moot court competition

Friday, October 26, 2018

Congratulations to third-year students Jennifer Cotton and Miles Skedsvold, who defeated a team from the University of Florida to win the annual Florida/Georgia-Hulsey/Gambrell Moot Court Competition in Jacksonville. The long-running tournament is traditionally held the Friday before the Georgia-Florida football game. Two law students from each school compete as lawyers in a mock appellate case, and the victors earn the right to keep the championship trophy at their law school for the year. This year Senior U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. and U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, Senior U.S. District Judges William T. Hodges and Harvey Schlesinger and U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida served as judges for the event, which dates back to the early 1980s. This win brings the UGA School of Law's record to 23-11-2.


Inaugural opioid symposium sheds light on national epidemic

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

UGA recently hosted a daylong symposium that brought faculty members and policymakers together to explore current research and seek solutions to the nation’s opioid epidemic, a widespread issue that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resulted in almost 50,000 deaths nationwide in 2017. Fazal Khan, an associate professor in the School of Law who chaired the planning committee for the symposium, opened the dialogue with the current state of the national epidemic and emphasized the desperate need for interdisciplinary partnerships. “[The opioid epidemic] is predicted to get worse before it gets better,” said Khan. “It’s really imperative that we address this problem. Part of this effort is to catalyze collaboration, catalyze discussions.”

School of Law advocacy teams boast strong performances

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

School of Law teams finished as national finalists in two tournaments - the Palmetto State Classic Mock Trial Competition and the Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition - and as national quarterfinalists in the Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition during October.