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The University of Georgia School of Law was recently named the nation’s Best Value in legal education. Notably, this is the fourth time in the last six years that the school has occupied the top spot in the National Jurist ranking, including an historic three-peat at the number one position from 2018 to 2020.

“The School of Law is redefining what it means to be a great national public law school by providing the best return on investment in legal education – one that offers world-class, hands-on, purpose-driven educational experiences with a pioneering commitment to affordability and accessibility,” according to School of Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge.

Recent metrics that contribute to this recognition include:

  • Almost 95% employment rate for full-time, long-term, bar-pass required jobs within 10 months of graduation (Class of 2022).
  • Nearly 99% Ultimate Bar Passage Rate for Class of 2020 (passage for those who sat for the bar within two years of graduation).
  • School of Law student borrowing has declined by more than 50% over the past 10 years. For 2021-22, 87% of students received scholarships. Additionally, 100% of first-generation college graduates and veterans receive aid.
  • Extremely competitive tuition and fees (the lowest among the Top-20 law schools ranked by U.S. News & World Report).

“I am grateful to the University of Georgia administration, which is led by President Jere W. Morehead, and our alumni, alumnae and friends who continue to back our vision enabling our students to pursue legal careers based on their passions, not their wallets,” Rutledge said. “Our students earn a world-class law degree at a cost that allows them to seriously consider public service or government employment alongside a private practice position at a major law firm. This professional freedom has the power to make them better legal leaders and to maximize their contributions to state and society.”


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UGA School of Law
The University of Georgia School of Law is redefining what it means to be a great national public law school – offering a world-class, hands-on, purpose-driven educational experience – while continuing to be one of the best returns on investment in legal education. The school’s accomplished faculty includes nationally and internationally renowned scholars, and its approximately 11,400 living graduates are leading figures in law, business and public service throughout the world. Connecting students to these thought leaders and opportunities to serve state and society is central to the school’s mission. For more information, please see