Georgia State Law Ranked No. 33 on Above the Law Top 50 List

Georgia State Law is ranked No. 33 on Above the Law’s annual “Top 50 Law Schools” list, up 14 slots from 2016.

The rankings prioritize employment outcomes above all else, using the latest ABA employment data for the Class of 2016. Only full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage (excluding solos and school-funded positions) were counted. How successful a school is at placing students on career paths that best enable them to pay off student debt was also measured.

“We are proud to offer our students an outstanding program with an emphasis on experiential learning, that is affordable and accessible,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law. “We produce graduates who are attractive to employers because they are ready to practice on day one.”

According to the report, of 37,124 total law school graduates in 2016, 61.8 percent secured jobs as lawyers, while 27.4 percent have jobs in other fields, 2 percent are in law school funded positions and 8.8 percent are unemployed.

The scoring also factored in, to a lesser degree, education costs, debt-per-job ratio, percentage of U.S. Supreme Court clerks and federal judgeships and an alumni rating, based on a survey which asked alumni to rate their schools in terms of academics, financial aid advising, career services advising, social life, and clinical training.

The University of Georgia is ranked 19 (up five), while Emory closed the list at No. 50 (down 12 spots).

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