University of Georgia School of Law
|University of Georgia School of Law|
|Dean||Rebecca H. White|
|Location||Athens, Georgia, USA|
|Bar pass rate||94.5%|
|ABA profile|| _LawSchoolData/ABA5813.pdf UGA|
The University of Georgia School of 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, the Law School 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 16% of all American Bar Association approved law schools in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report. Admissions is considered highly competitive.
According to the National Law Journal, Georgia Law placed 18% of its 2005 graduating class in NLJ 250 firms. In addition to this placement, approximately 15% of 2005 Georgia Law graduates went on to judicial clerkships. 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. The median salary of 2008 graduates in private practice was $130,000, with a median starting salary of all graduates at $90,466. Given the University of Georgia School of Law's low in-state tuition of $14,448, 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."
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 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 glass rooms, offices and the multiuser 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, while a new Rusk International and Comparative law building was constructed next to the mail library, named after Georgia Law professor and 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" covered with old growth trees and historic buildings, and within walking distance of downtown Athens and covered parking decks.
Applications to Georgia Law continue to increase each year. In 2009, applications were up 33% from the previous year, with 3,074 prospective students applying for admission. Of those applicants, only 24.9% were granted admission.
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. 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.
Graduates of the law school number more than 8,400 and include 11 governors, in excess of 35 U.S. and state senators and representatives and scores of federal and state judges, prominent attorneys and corporate leaders. On two occasions, University of Georgia School of Law alumni have simultaneously headed all branches of state government: the last occasion was in 2002, when Roy Barnes was Governor, Norman S. Fletcher was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Tom Murphy was Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives and Mark Taylor was President of the Georgia Senate.
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 2005-10.
Since 1851, 25 governors have been graduates of the University of Georgia. 18 UGA alumni are presidents or provosts of colleges and universities in the U.S. nine UGA graduates have received the Pulitzer Prize. A few interesting alumni 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
- Nathaniel E. Harris, founder of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
- George Foster Pierce, President of Wesleyan College and Emory University. Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
- Young L.G. Harris, Federal Judge
- Karen Holbrook, former President of The Ohio State University, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Georgia
- 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, U.S. Senator, and judge
- Eugene Talmadge, JD 1907 - elected Governor of Georgia four times. Staunch supporter of conservative principles and advocate of farmers.
- Abdul Karim al-Iryani, Prime Minister of Yemen
- Benjamin Cromwell Franklin, first judicial officeholder in the Republic of Texas
- 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 January 4, 1973-January 4, 1979
- Herman E. Talmadge, JD 1936 - served as the 70th Governor of Georgia in 1947 and again from 1948 to 1955. Also, served as a U.S. Senator from 1956 until 1980.
- William Tapley Bennett Jr. - US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, to Portugal, and to NATO
- Brooks Pennington Jr., member of the Georgia House of Representatives, the Georgia State Senate, author, businessman, philanthropist
- Billy Payne, is the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, 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 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 professor of political science at the University of Nevada
- Roy Barnes, JD 1972 - served as the 80th Governor of the U.S. state of Georgia from January 1999 until January 2003.
- Rob Woodall, JD 1997 - current member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Mike Bowers, Georgia Attorney General
- Robert Benham, JD 1970 - is 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.
- Howell Cobb, Governor of Georgia and US Representative, Speaker of the House in 31st Congress
- Norman S. Fletcher LL.M 1958 - served as a Justice and Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Georgia.
- Phil Gramm, former U.S. Senator from Texas
- George Thornewell Smith JD 1948 - former lieutenant governor and justice of the Georgia Supreme Court
- Frank Hanna III, JD 1986 – entrepreneur and CEO of Hanna Capital, LLC.
- John Barrow, current member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler, JD 1957 – prominent attorney in Savannah, Georgia, owner of Uga, a line of English bulldogs that represents the mascot at 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
- Phaedra Parks, JD 1998 - entertainment attorney and current cast member on the The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
- Robert Whitlow, JD 1979 - filmmaker and writer of multiple legal thrillers, including The List.
- "UGA Law - USNWR".
- http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/university-of-georgia-03042. Missing or empty
- History of the University of Georgia, Thomas Walter Reed, Imprint: Athens, Georgia : University of Georgia, ca. 1949, pp.216,829
- A Reputation for Excellence (accessed December 6, 2006)