Savannah Law School

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Savannah Law School
Savannah Law School Logo.jpg
Type Private
Established 2011
Dean Malcolm L. Morris
Students 147[1]
Campus 516 Drayton St.
Savannah, Georgia 31401
United States

Savannah Law School is located in Savannah, Georgia, United States. Housed in the historic Candler building directly across from Forsyth Park, the school offers both full-time and part-time enrollment for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.[2] It is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).


Savannah Law School
Savannah Law School building
Savannah Law School Law Library

Savannah Law School is housed in the historic former Warren A. Candler Hospital building on Forsyth Park in downtown Savannah. Constructed in 1819 among 26 Seaman's hospitals chartered by an Act of Congress in 1791, the building is the oldest hospital in the state of Georgia, and was used as such until 1980.[3] The building served as both a Confederate and Union hospital during the Civil War. Several tenants occupied the building sporadically from 1980 until 2009.

In 2012, the Historic Preservation Board approved Savannah Law School's comprehensive restoration of the 110,000 square foot facility.[4] The renovations met federal historic preservation standards and were completed in 2014. The project represents one of the largest efforts to restore an historic property in the United States.[5] In 2015, The Victorian Society in America and the Savannah Historic Preservation Board honored Savannah Law School with Preservation Awards for the renovation.[6]

The Candler Oak Tree is located on the campus. In 2004, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Trees. At approximately 300 years of age, it is thought to be one of the oldest living landmarks in the region. The Savannah Tree Foundation holds a conservation easement to the tree and helps care for the tree along with the law school.[7] The law school adopted the tree as its logo.[8]


Savannah Law School has an 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.[9] The median LSAT score of the entire 1L class is 151; however, the median score of the full-time program is 153 and that of the part-time program is 149.[10] 21% of the 2014 entering class are minorities, 17% are military veterans, 71% are women, and 64% are from out-of-state.[11]


Savannah Law School admits applicants on a rolling basis; applications may be submitted through the Law School Admissions Council.[12]

Savannah Law Review[edit]

The Savannah Law Review is a law review published by Savannah Law Review students twice a year. It is a member of the National Conference of Law Reviews.[13]

In September 2014, the Savannah Law Review hosted the (Re)Integrating Spaces colloquium to celebrate the historic renovations at the law school. The colloquium featured national scholars and local practitioners.[14][15]

Student organizations[edit]

A number of student organizations are active at Savannah Law School.[16] Student groups include:

Relationship to AJMLS[edit]

The law school was first opened by Atlanta's John Marshall Law School in the 1970s, but the campus was discontinued in the 1980s. The American Bar Association approved the law school's re-establishment as a branch of AJMLS on December 5, 2011, and the class of 2015 enrolled in August of 2012.[17] The American Bar Association defines a branch as "the creation of a different law school."[18]


  1. ^ "ABA Required Disclosures". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  2. ^ "Savannah Law School Degrees Offered". Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  3. ^ "The Old Candler Hospital Becomes The New Savannah Law School". WSAV. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  4. ^ Van Brimmer, Adam. "Historic Board blesses Savannah Law School plans". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  5. ^ Savannah Law School. "Savannah Law School Facilities". Savannah Law School. Savannah Law School. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  6. ^ Savannah Historic Foundation School. Historic Foundation "Savannah Historic Foundation Preservation Awards" Check |url= value (help). Savannah Historic Foundation. Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Candler Oak Conservation Easement". Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  8. ^ Savannah Law School. "Savannah Law School Facilities". Savannah Law School. Savannah Law School. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  9. ^ "School Profile". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "School Profile". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "School Profile". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  12. ^ "Admissions Process". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  13. ^ "National Conference of Law Reviews". National Conference of Law Reviews. National Conference of Law Reviews. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Savannah Law School celebrates old Candler Hospital renovations". Savannah Morning News. Savannah Morning News. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Savannah Law Review to Host Colloquium, [Re]Integrating Spaces". Savannah Law School. Savannah Law School. 
  16. ^ "Student Organizations". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 30 October 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  17. ^ Hansen, Mark (13 December 2011). "Atlanta's John Marshall Law School to Launch Savannah Branch". ABA Journal. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Standard 105" (PDF). American Bar Association Section on Legal Education. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 

Coordinates: 32°4′9.06″N 81°5′37.61″W / 32.0691833°N 81.0937806°W / 32.0691833; -81.0937806

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