Leading National Law School

One of the nation's top law schools, consistently ranked by sources including U.S. News & World Report (20, 2024/25 & 2023/24)

Alexander Campbell King Law Library: home to 600,000 digital and print titles

Dean Rusk International Law Center international law and policy nucleus for education, scholarship and other collaborations

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

Student Profile

Average enrollment: 565, with 92% receiving scholarship aid (2022-23) and 100% of first-generation college graduates and military veterans receiving scholarships (J.D. students) 

Talented and diverse: J.D. Class of 2026 boasts a median LSAT of 169 (record high) and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.83, represents 26 states and 59 undergraduate institutions (as of 8/24/23)

LL.M. Class of 2023-24 includes 18 foreign-trained lawyers from 14 countries (as of 8/24/23)

Master in the Study of Law: 10 professionals enrolled in fall 2023 to increase their knowledge of the law to bolster their careers

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

5 former U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerks

Judges and justices teach each year through the Edenfield Jurist in Residence and the Hines Jurist in Residence programs

Return on Investment

Best return on investment in legal education, ranked #1 for four of the last six years (National Jurist)

95% Class of 2023 employed in full-time, long-term, bar passage required/J.D. advantage jobs or pursuing graduate studies within 10 months of graduation

Near Perfect Ultimate Bar Passage Rate, 99.48% of students who sat for the bar passed within two years of graduation (Class of 2021)

Highest state bar passage rate among Georgia law schools for the July/post-graduation sitting of first-time test takers for the past 10 years

No. 11 for Federal Judicial clerkships (Class of 2023)

Advocacy & Negotiation

Advocacy: 11 national, 12 regional and 2 state titles in the last 5 years, including the 2019-20 National Moot Court Competition title

Leader in Trial Advocacy (A-, PreLaw, 2023)

Negotiation: 5 national/regional titles in the last 7 years

Service to State & Society

18 experiential learning offerings, including 2 Semesters In Practice - Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, 91% participation (Class of 2024)

Top School for Practical Training (No. 11, PreLaw, 2024), Over $1.4M in fellowship grants over 5 years, Approx. 83,000 service-learning hours through clinics/externships (2022-23)

No. 20 for international programming (U.S. News & World Report, 2024/25)

Building Connections

Mentorship program connects students to a faculty member, upper-level student, career adviser and legal professional for advice and guidance 

More than 40 student organizations

Global network of approximately 11,400 living graduates residing in all 50 states and living in more than 70 countries

Graduates as leaders: 11 governors, more than 125 state and federal legislators, and over 90 federal judges and state Supreme Court justices to date

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, voted the South's best college town by Southern Living magazine in 2022 and selected as one of the 25 Best College Towns and Cities in the U.S. by Travel and Leisure in 2024

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