University of Georgia School of Law
|University of Georgia
School of Law
|Dean||Rebecca H. White|
|Location||Athens, Georgia, USA|
The University of Georgia School of Law (also referred to as Georgia Law) is a graduate school of the University of Georgia. Founded in 1859 and located in Athens, Georgia, USA, about an hour way from the commercial and transportation hub that is Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia Law is the second oldest of the University's schools and colleges, second only to Franklin College.
The University of Georgia School of Law is ranked in the top 40 of all American Bar Association approved law schools in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report. The students at Georgia Law are talented and diverse; the 189 members of the class of 2015, for example, come from 27 different states and 80 different undergraduate colleges and universities, their median LSAT score is in the top ten percentile, and their median GPA is 3.7. Georgia Law J.D. students' admissions credentials place them in the top 6% of all law students nationally. Admissions is highly competitive.
According to the National Law Journal, Georgia Law placed 18% of its 2005 graduating class in NLJ 250 firms and Georgia Law remains among the top law schools that NLJ 250 firms rely on the most to fill their first-year associate positions. In addition to this placement, approximately 15% of 2005 Georgia Law graduates went on to judicial clerkships. According to Georgia's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 67.9% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.
Georgia Law has placed six clerks for The U.S. Supreme Court in the last nine years. A Supreme Court clerkship is one of the most distinguished appointments a law school graduate can obtain.
Given the University of Georgia School of Law's low tuition, the New York Times recently completed a survey comparing starting salaries and degree costs of law schools and found "Georgia Law graduates earning some of the highest salaries in the country while their educational costs were reported among the very lowest, speaking to the quality of the education as well as the excellent return on investment provided at Georgia Law."
- 1 History
- 2 Admissions and Tuition
- 3 Employment
- 4 Costs
- 5 Law Review and Journals
- 6 Lectures and Colloquia
- 7 Advocacy and Negotiation Teams
- 8 Clinical and Other Programs
- 9 Student Organizations
- 10 Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy
- 11 Career Development
- 12 Alumni Information
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The law school was created in December 1859 and was originally housed in the law offices of Lumpkin & Cobb, which was located on the corner of Prince Avenue and Pulaski Street in Athens. In 1861, the school closed due to the Civil War and was reopened in 1867. Two co-founders, Lumpkin and Cobb, died during this period. When the school reopened, it was located in the Ivy Building (in the south wing of what is now the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building) on the University of Georgia campus.
After continuing to grow, the law school moved in 1919 into the former Athenaeum Club building on the northeast corner of Broad Street and Lumpkin Street. The school remained in this building until Harold Hirsch Hall was erected in 1932, providing additional class rooms, offices and the large Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom.
Hirsch Hall was greatly expanded in 1967 with a large addition that provided an expanded library and added several classrooms, common areas, offices and a multi-use auditorium.
Subsequently, a new annex building was added that providing even more library space (specially to house the extensive private library of Professor Louis B. Sohn, a Woofruff Chair professor at Georgia who previously held the Bemis Chair at Harvard law), Georgia Law faculty offices, and offices for student publications.
Next, the new Rusk International and Comparative Law building was constructed adjacent to the main library, named after Georgia Law professor, former U.S. Secretary of State, and president of Columbia University, Dean Rusk.
Thus far the last addition to the law school facilities include a multistory enclosed arboretum for relaxed gathering of students and faculty.
The law school complex is located on "Old Campus" that is a registered historic area, is covered with old growth trees and historic buildings, and is within walking distance of historic downtown Athens and covered parking decks.
Admissions and Tuition
Admission to Georgia Law is highly competitive. Although many factors are taken into account when making admissions decisions, entering students from the class of 2012 boasted a median LSAT and GPA of 164 [90th percentile/top 10%] and 3.7, respectively. Georgia Law students' admissions credentials place them in the top 6% of all law students nationally.
Applications to Georgia Law continue to increase each year. In 2009, applications for the Georgia Law Juris Doctor candidates were up 33% from the previous year, with 3,074 prospective students applying for admission, and continue to grow. Of the qualified applicants, only 24.9% were granted admission.
Besides Georgia Law's tuition being among the lowest in the nation, nearly half of the law school's students receive merit scholarships, and all enjoy the low cost of living in Athens. Students leave Georgia Law with a wealth of opportunities and low debt.
The law school is well represented by students from around the country and the world. For example, the 189 members of the class of 2015 enrolled to obtain the JD degree come from 27 different states and 80 different undergraduate colleges and universities.
Although Georgia Law has a limited enrollment of an average total of 650 students, after admission accepted students have a range of educational resources and participation opportunities, as follow.
According to Georgia's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 67.9% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation. Georgia's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 17.1%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Georgia for the 2013-2014 academic year is $35,140 for a Georgia resident and $52,810 for a Non-Resident. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $140,594 for residents and $208,385.
Law Review and Journals
Georgia Law students publish three highly regarded legal journals, including the Georgia Law Review, the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law. In addition the students publish the Georgia Law Review Online that features short, op-ed length essays by practitioners, judges and professors focused primarily on timely legal issues in the U.S. These journals have frequently been cited by federal and state courts, as well as textbooks and other law reviews. Membership on the journals is limited to the 2L and 3L years.
Lectures and Colloquia
Georgia Law sponsors eminent guest scholars to teach courses and to speak to students each year. Lectures and courses include the Faculty Colloquium Series through which some of the nation's top legal academics present substantial works in progress, the John A. Sibley Lecture Series that honors the leadership and public spirit of the 1911 Georgia Law graduate by bringing eminent scholars and political leaders to its campus each year to promote the intellectual exchange of ideas, the Edith House Lecture Series that brings outstanding female legal scholars and practitioners to Athens, the International Law Colloquium Series that brings leading international law scholars to Athens to present substantial works in progress, the Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Scholar/Lecturer appointments created so law students could learn from individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders in politics or other forms of public service, Law Day Lectures that celebrate and honor our heritage of liberty under law and how the rule of law makes our republic possible, and multiple other lectures and mini-courses sponsored by various Georgia Law organizations. Recent lecturers and teachers include retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, William Eskridge, the John A. Garver Professor of Yale Law School, Ramin Jahanbegloo, Fellow at the Centre for Ethics at University of Trinity College concentrating on fostering constructive dialogue between divergent cultures, John C. Coffee Jr., the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law of Columbia University Law School, Judge Joan E. Donoghue of the International Court of Justice, Teresa Wynn Roseborough, former Deputy U.S. Assistant Attorney General and current executive vice president and general counsel at The Home Depot, Robin West, the Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy and Associate Dean of Georgetown University Law Center, Dahlia Lithwick, the Jurisprudence Contributor of Slate magazine, former U.S. Ambassador and present Northwestern University School of Law professor David Scheffer, U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis, Bryan A. Stevenson, the Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and professor at New York University School of Law, John C.P. Goldberg, Eli Goldston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Tort Law, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Beverly B. Martin, and former U.S. Solicitor General, Douglas B. Maggs Professor of Law at Duke University, and head of the Harvard Law School's Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Clinic, Walter Dellinger.
Advocacy and Negotiation Teams
Georgia Law has extensive opportunities to participate in experiential learning through advocacy and negotiation teams. Programs include Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Negotiation Programs. Advocacy and negotiation teams have won four national titles and 11 regional crowns in the past five years including recently winning the 64th Annual National Moot Court Competition, which competition included more than 190 teams from law schools across the nation and is the oldest and most prestigious moot court competition in the country, winning the Kurth Moot Court National Championship, an invitation only tournament that invites only teams from the top 16 advocacy programs in the nation, winning the Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition, and winning the Mock Trial Challenge.
Moot Court participants prepare appellate briefs and orally argue cases competing in nationally recognized programs such as the National Moot Court Tournament, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Moot Court Competition, American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition, Evan A. Evans National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition, and the Hulsey/Gambrell Moot Court Competition. Opportunities are also offered through moot court exchanges with Gray's Inn of London, England, and King's Inn of Dublin, Ireland.
Students may also compete in nationally recognized mock trials, trying civil and criminal mock cases, as well as participating in transactional and negotiation competitions. Participants compete in competitions including the American Association for Justice National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition, National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, ABA National Negotiation Competition, Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition, Transactional LawMeet, The Negotiation Challenge in Leipzig, Germany, and the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.
Each year, a dozen outstanding participants in the moot court and mock trial programs are selected for membership in the Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court. This prime learning and networking opportunity is one of the most prestigious rewards offered by UGA's superb advocacy program. Participants interact with state supreme court justices, federal judges, and senior partners from some of the finest firms, as well as other distinguished members of the legal community. Bar leaders demonstrate trial techniques and engage in discussions about advocacy skills, professionalism, and ethics. The Lumpkin Inn of Court was the first inn in Georgia, is one of the earliest American inns of court, and is modeled after the famed English inns of court. In addition, up to a dozen outstanding students are selected for Georgia Law's Orr Inn of Court, a member of the American Inns of Court which is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and the Orr Inn's case, law professors and law students.
Further, students may become members of The Order of Barristers, a national honor society that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in an advocacy program (moot court, mock trial or both). Schools having chapters in the Order include those nationally recognized for outstanding moot court programs and for successful participation in regional, national, and international interscholastic moot court competitions. These third-year students are selected each spring prior to their graduation.
Clinical and Other Programs
Georgia Law also has extensive opportunities to participate in experiential learning through clinical and other programs. Clinical programs include the Appellate Litigation Clinic, Business Law Clinic, Civil Externships (students learn litigation or transactional law working with attorneys and judges), UGA Fanning Institute's Community Economic Development Clinic (allows students to represent a variety of organizations as they work to strengthen communities and provide economic opportunity for low-income citizens), Corporate Counsel Externship, Environmental Practicum, Washington D.C. Semester In Practice Program, Family Violence Clinic, Mediation Practicum, Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic (students partner with health care professionals to deal with a variety of legal needs that impact patients, including immigration, disability rights, benefits, and family law), Public Interest Practicum, Business Law and Ethics Program, Criminal Defense Clinic, Prosecutorial Clinic, Capital Assistance Project (students work at agencies defending individuals charged with or convicted of capital crimes), Georgia Law Summer Programs in Brussels, Geneva, and in China, Georgia Law at Oxford Program (study of international and comparative law at the University of Oxford in England), and the Global Internship Program (internships at 60 legal organizations in over 30 countries on 5 continents).
Georgia Law students may participate in a diverse group of student run organizations that are separate and independent of the law school. Each organization is responsible for, and manages, its own activities and affairs. These student organizations include the American Constitution Society, Asian Law Students Association, Business Law Society, Christian Legal Society, Davenport-Benham: Black Law Student Association, Dean's Ambassadors, Education Law Student Association, Environmental Law Association, Equal Justice Foundation Board, Federalist Society, Association of Law and Politics, Society for International & Comparative Law, Trial Lawyers Association Student Chapter, Health Law Society, Hispanic Law Students Association, Intellectual Property Law Society, Jewish Law Student Association, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Labor & Employment Law Association, Land Use & Planning Organization, Law Democrats, Law Republicans, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Older Wiser Law Students, OUTLaws, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Public Interest Law Council, Sports & Entertainment Law Society, Street Law, Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, Student Bar Association, Women Law Students Association, and the Working in the Public Interest organization. 
Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy
The Dean Rusk Center of Georgia Law was established in 1977 to expand the scope of research, teaching, and service in international law and policy in order to increase understanding of international issues, provide a sound basis for foreign policy decision-making, and contribute solutions to global problems. Today the Center serves as a nucleus for collaboration between University of Georgia School of Law faculty and students, the law school community, and diverse international partners on foreign and transnational legal and policy matters. In fulfillment of its mission to globalize legal education at the University of Georgia, the Center invites scholars from abroad to engage in collaborative research with faculty and to teach short courses that enhance the law school's educational offerings. Every spring Georgia Law's international faculty hosts a colloquium series on timely topics in the field of international law. Through its public service and outreach programs, the Rusk Center influences policy on a global scale.
Led by an attorney executive director, Georgia Law has many services and resources to help current students and alumni explore and discover their career options and goals, prepare for interviews and perfect resumes, and locate jobs openings and other opportunities. The Office of Career Services provides students with the tools, resources, and guidance necessary to enable them to secure fulfilling employment in line with their career goals, individual qualifications, and includes Career Counseling, On-Campus Interview, Employment Fair, Judicial Clerkship, and Employment Statistics programs. Student Professional Development (SPD) prepares students for the practicalities of the profession by hosting events throughout the academic year. SPD also helps to enhance student soft skills and core competencies while assisting them in their evaluations of the legal profession for their own career success. Events held by the SPD include Government and Public Interest, Private Law Firm Practice, Corporate Counsel, Alternative Uses of the Law Degree, Practice Specialties, Profiles in Practice, and forums and Information provided by the SPD include Business Etiquette, Bar Examinations, Networking, Mock Interviews, and others. Career Development Resources include Resume and Cover Letter Critique, Symplicity OneStop Job Postings and Document Library, Law Library Career Resources, Job Boards & Resources List, Career Development on LinkedIn and other resources.
Graduates of the law school number more than 8,400 and include scores of federal and state judges, prominent attorneys, corporate and academic leaders, governors, and include in excess of 35 U.S. and state senators and representatives. 
On two occasions, University of Georgia School of Law alumni have simultaneously headed all branches of state government.
Six Georgia Law graduates have served the U.S. Supreme Court as judicial clerks since 2003. Georgia Law ranks as third among public laws school for supplying clerks to the U.S. Supreme Court and 11th overall for the time period 2005-14.
Since 1851, 25 governors have been graduates of the University of Georgia.
18 Georgia Law alumni are presidents or provosts of colleges and universities in the U.S.
Nine Georgia Law graduates have received the Pulitzer Prize.
A few examples of alumni that may be of interest follow.
- Abraham Baldwin, the founder and first President of UGA was a Yale alumnus who was also a founding father of the United States. Baldwin was one of the 40 signers of the U.S. Constitution
- George Foster Pierce, President of Wesleyan College and Emory University.
- Eric Phillips, Senior Security Advisor
- Diane Marie Amann, Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia, appointee to International Criminal Court Prosecutor as advisor on children in and affected by armed conflict.
- William Crosby Dawson, state representative and senator, U.S. Senator, and judge
- Eugene Talmadge, elected Governor of Georgia four times.
- Ertharin Cousin, Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women in the World, and Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World
- Abdul Karim al-Iryani, Prime Minister of Yemen
- Beverly B. Martin, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
- Benjamin Cromwell Franklin, first judicial officeholder in the Republic of Texas
- Karen Holbrook, former President of The Ohio State University, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Georgia
- Ander Crenshaw, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 4th district of Florida
- Chee Soon Juan, Neuropsychologist and Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party
- Meldrim Thomson, Jr., Governor of New Hampshire
- William Tapley Bennett Jr., US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, to Portugal, and to NATO
- Nathaniel E. Harris, founder of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
- Brooks Pennington Jr., attorney, state representative, senator, author, businessman, philanthropist
- Richard W. Story, federal judge
- Young Harris, federal judge and namesake of Young Harris College
- Lewis Render Morgan attorney, state representative, Judge of U.S. District Court, Judge, then Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
- Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, and was president and CEO of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. Payne was responsible for bringing the 1996 Summer Olympic Games to Atlanta, Georgia, resulted in significant growth for the state and region. He is also Chairman of Centennial Holding Company and a managing director at Gleacher & Company, a New York based investment bank
- Dina Titus, former U.S. Representative for Nevada's 3rd congressional district and university professor of political science
- Julie E. Carnes Chief U.S. District Judge; 2013 nomination pending for seat on U.S. Court of Appeals
- Rob Woodall, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Richard B. Russell, Jr. attorney who later served in the U.S. Senate for almost 40 years, including as President pro tempore, and chairperson of both the Appropriations and Armed Services Committees, among others. Candidate for President of the United States in the 1948 and 1952 Democratic National Conventions. A statue of Russell was placed in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building named after him, and a USPS stamp was produced with his likeness as part of the Great Americans series
- Mike Bowers, attorney and one of Georgia Law graduates being Georgia's Attorney General
- Carl Sanders Governor, and named partner and chairman of the 16 office, Am Law 100, national and international law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP
- Duross Fitzpatrick, federal judge
- C. Ashley Royal, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court
- George Darden, district attorney, state representative, and U.S. Congressman
- Lisa Godbey Wood, federal judge
- Joe D. Whitley, United States Attorney for two federal districts, Associate U.S. Attorney General, the third-ranking position in the Department of Justice, and first General Counsel of the United States Department of Homeland Security
- Robert Benham, the second African-American graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia
- Peter Meldrim, judge, state senator, president of the American Bar Association, commissioner Uniform Law Commission
- Howell Cobb, Governor of Georgia and US Representative, Speaker of the House in 31st Congress
- Norman S. Fletcher, attorney and Justice, then Chief Justice, of the Supreme Court of Georgia
- Hugh Peterson attorney, mayor, state representative and senator, and U.S. Congressman
- George Thornewell Smith, attorney, Speaker of the Georgia House, lieutenant governor, and justice of the Georgia Court of Appeals and Supreme Court
- Steve C. Jones federal judge and a former superior court judge
- Frank Hanna III, entrepreneur and CEO of Hanna Capital, LLC
- James Larry Edmondson Judge, then Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
- John Barrow, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler, prominent attorney in Savannah, Georgia, owner of Uga, a line of English bulldogs that have been the mascots of the University of Georgia since the 1950s, and cast as the judge in the movie derived from, and was the archetype for the prominent defense attorney in, the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
- Thomas Alonzo Clark Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
- Phaedra Parks, entertainment attorney and current cast member on the The Real Housewives of Atlanta
- Robert Whitlow, North Carolina attorney, filmmaker, and writer of multiple legal thrillers, including The List
- Jack L. Rives, former U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General and The Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force, and present Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Bar Association
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