Georgia State Law Ranked 57 in 2017 U.S. News Rankings
ATLANTA — Georgia State University College of Law held steady in U.S. News & World Report rankings at 57 in a three-school tie, out of 196 schools, in the annual graduate rankings released March 16. Georgia State Law was at No. 56 last year.
“We are proud of our standing among U.S. law schools and the high quality of the program we offer our graduates,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law. “ We continue to focus on our strengths of educating lawyers grounded in theory and practice while remaining affordable and accessible.”
Georgia State Law’s highly regarded Center for Law, Health & Society was ranked No. 6. This is the 10th consecutive year it has been named one of the top 10 health law programs by U.S. News, having been No. 3 in 2015. The college’s part-time program remains No. 14 in the nation.
“For the 10th consecutive year, our peers have recognized the excellence of our health law program,” said Leslie E. Wolf, professor of law and director of the Center for Law, Health & Society. “In the same period, we have grown to 12 full-time professors, plus affiliated faculty, that give tremendous breadth and depth to our health law program.”
The college’s experiential education program is ranked 30th in a five-school tie among the top 35 clinical programs by U.S. News and is the only Georgia law program ranked for clinical programs. The college now has six clinics, five of which were developed in the last nine years, and has added several experiential components to doctrinal courses.
“By any measure, our clinical programs are among the best because of our innovative pedagogy and talented teachers and the quality legal services our students provide to members of the community who otherwise would not have access to representation,” said Lisa Radtke Bliss, director of experiential learning and associate clinical professor.
Bliss said the move into 85 Park Place only enhances the program because it enabled the college to create the Center for Clinical Programs, which allows students to learn about “the practice of law in a state-of-the-art firm environment.”
In addition, Georgia State Law consistently has been ranked a best-value school by National Jurist and Pre-Law magazines, including an overall rank of No. 3 and being called the No. 1 best value in an urban setting.
U.S. News bases its law school rankings on 12 factors, including placement success: quality assessments from deans, lawyers and judges; median LSAT scores and undergraduate grade-point average of students entering in fall 2015; selectivity; bar passage rates; student-faculty ratio; library resources; financial aid; and faculty resources.