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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 higher education in America

One of the nation's top law schools, consistently ranked by sources including U.S. News & World Report (27, 2021/22), Princeton Review/Tax Prof (15, 2021)

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

Dean Rusk International Law Center 


Student Profile

Average enrollment: 600, with 82% receiving merit scholarships (J.D. Class of 2023)

Talented and diverse: J.D. Class of 2023 boasts a median LSAT of 165; represents 24 states and 71 undergraduate institutions (as of 8/18/20)

LL.M. Fall Class of 2020-21 includes11 foreign-trained lawyers from 10 countries on 5 continents (as of 8/18/19)

Master in the Study of Law:  16 professionals seeking 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

Five former U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerks

Judges and justices teach each year through the Edenfield Jurist in Residence and the Be Kind Fund programs

    First-Rate Preparation

    3 degree programs: J.D., LL.M., M.S.L.

    9 dual degree programs including J.D./M.B.A. (3 or 4 year) and LL.M./M.B.A.

    Business Law and Ethics Program

    Top Law Schools for Business Law (preLaw, 2020)

    3 acclaimed legal journals: Georgia Law Review, Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law and Journal of Intellectual Property Law


    Return on Investment

    On average 94% of students who sit for the bar pass within 12 months of graduation 

    Highest state bar passage rate among Georgia law schools for the July/post-graduation sitting of first-time test takers for the past 7 years

    No. 1 Best Value Law School (National Jurist, 2020, 2019 & 2018)

    91% of the Class of 2020 employed in full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage or where a J.D. provides a significant advantage 10 months after graduation

    No. 8 for federal clerkships (, 2021)

      Advocacy & Negotiation

      Advocacy: 8 national, 6 regional and 3 state titles in the last 5 years, including the 2019-20 National Moot Court Competition title

      No. 6 for moot court (preLaw, 2020)

      Negotiation: 3 national titles in the last 4 years

      Service to State & Society

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

      Top School for Practical Training (PreLaw, 2021), No. 24 for Clinical Training (U.S. News & World Report, 2021/22), with approx. 200 students participating in summer 2020 fellowships/assistantships

      No. 18 for international programming (U.S. News & World Report, 2021/22) 

      Building Connections

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

      Approx. 40 student organizations

      Global network of approximately 11,000 living graduates working in all 50 states and almost 70 countries

      Graduates as leaders: 11 governors, more than 120 state and federal legislators, and approximately 80 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

      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