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About the School of Law

Leading Law School

Founded in 1859; second oldest school/college at UGA, the birthplace of public education in America

One of the nation's top law schools consistently ranked by sources including U.S. News & World Report (30, 2017/18) and Above the Law (19, 2017) 

Alexander Campbell King Law Library: more than 500,000 digital and print titles

Dean Rusk International Law Center 

Student Profile

Average enrollment: 600 with over 60% receiving merit scholarships

Talented and diverse: J.D. Class of 2020 boasts a median GPA of 3.71; 49% female/51% male; represents 24 states and 62 undergraduate institutions (as of 8/10/17)

LL.M. Class of 2017-18 includes 14 foreign-trained lawyers from 10 countries on 5 continents

World-Class Faculty

Expert faculty includes Fulbright Scholars and a recipient of the American Law Institute Young Scholars Medal; many serve as consultants to legal institutions, foreign governments and corporations

Five former U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerks

Federal judges teach each year through the Edenfield Jurist in Residence program

    First-Rate Preparation

    Service to State

    15 experiential learning offeringsincluding two Semesters In Practice - Washington, D.C. and Atlanta

    No. 16 for public interest (U.S. News & World Report, 2017/18), with 36 students participating in public interest fellowships in the summer of 2017

    No. 18 for international programming (U.S. News & World Report, 2017/18) 

    Advocacy & Negotiation

    Advocacy: 9 national, 7 regional and 2 state titles in the last 5 years

    No. 12 for moot court (National Jurist, 2017)

    No. 21 for advocacy (U.S. News & World Report, 2017/18) 

    Negotiation: 2 national titles in the last 5 years

    Return on Investment

    Highest state bar passage rate among Georgia law schools for first-time test takers for the past 3 years

    Top 5 with regard to salary-to-debt ratio according to a report in The New York Times

    88% of the Class of 2016 employed in full-time, long-term jobs 10 months after graduation, top 13 when comparing Class of 2016 rates against schools ranked in the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report, 2017/18

    No. 22 for securing federal clerkships (Business Insider, 2016)

    Building Connections

    Mentorship program connects all first year students to a faculty member, upper-level student, career adviser and legal professional

    Approx. 35 student organizations

    Global network of more than 10,000 living graduates working in all 50 states and approximately 50 countries

    Graduates as leaders: 11 governors, more than 100 state and federal legislators, and approximately 60 federal and state judges and justices 

    Classic City Location

    Athens: a progressive community boasting small-town charm while offering world-class music and culture, extensive access to parks and natural resources, and a low cost of living

    Close to Atlanta, only 80 minutes commute to Georgia’s capital and home to the world’s busiest airport

    Central location provides access to local, national and international law firms as well as many Fortune 500 companies that call Georgia home