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]
Location Savannah, Georgia, USA
Campus 516 Drayton St. Savannah, Georgia 31401

Savannah Law School is located in Savannah, Georgia and takes a collaborative approach to legal education.[2] Housed in the historic Candler building, directly across from Forsyth Park, Savannah Law School offers both full-time and part-time enrollment for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.[3] Savannah Law School is a fully ABA accredited law school.


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, GA. 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 used as such until 1980.[4] 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.[5] The renovations meet 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.[6] In 2015, The Victorian Society in America and the Savannah Historic Preservation Board honored Savannah Law School with Preservation Awards for the renovation.[7]

The Candler Oak Tree is also located on the campus. In 2004, the Candler Oak was placed on the National Register of Historic Trees and at approximately 300 years of age 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.[8] The law school adopted the tree as its logo.[9]

Experiential Learning[edit]

Savannah Law School combines a practical and disciplined approach toward the study of law with a commitment to providing students with experiential learning opportunities that bridge the gap between law school and legal practice.[10] Every student participates in a wide variety of opportunities to earn academic credit while working in legal offices under the supervision of practicing attorneys or judges.


Savannah Law School has an 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.[11] The first-year section sizes are roughly half the size of many law schools with only 30 to 40 students per section. The median LSAT for the entire 1L class is a 151; however, the median LSAT for the full-time program is a 153 and the part-time program is a 149.[12] 21% of the 2014 entering class are minorities, 17% are military veterans, and 71% are women, and 64% are from out-of-state.[13]


Admission to the law school is selective and admissions decisions are made by the SLS Admissions Committee. Savannah Law School runs on a rolling admissions basis and applications may be submitted through the Law School Admissions Council.[14]

Savannah Law Review[edit]

The Savannah Law Review is an academic law review journal published by the Savannah Law Review student organization at Savannah Law School. The Savannah Law Review is published twice a year and is a member of the National Conference of Law Reviews.[15] In September 2014, the Savannah Law Review hosted the (Re)Integrating Spaces colloquium to celebrate the historic renovations at the law school and featured national scholars and local practitioners.[16] The colloquium discussed the parallel themes of historic preservation and transformation, as well as a societal sense of place, space, and meaning within the law.[17]

Student Organizations[edit]

Students attending Savannah Law School may participate in an array of independent student organizations. These groups range in scope and cover such interests as cultural diversity, academic, recreational, professional, networking opportunities, etc.[18] 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 acquiesced to law school’s re-establishment as a branch of AJMLS on December 5, 2011 and the class of 2015 enrolled in August 2012.[19] The American Bar Association defines a branch as "the creation of a different law school."[20]


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