Georgia State Law Named No. 1 Best Value School in United States by National Jurist
Georgia State University College of Law is the No. 1 “Best Value” law school, according to National Jurist. The college topped the list on National Jurist’s “Top 20 Best Value Law Schools” for 2017 and has been consistently ranked a best value school for 10 years.
“We are extremely proud to be named by National Jurist as the best value in legal education today,” said Wendy F. Hensel, interim dean and professor of law. “In truth, this recognition confirms what we have always known—Georgia State Law is a leader in student-centered legal education.”
The article noted that Georgia State Law, which rose from the No. 4 spot last year, “rocked the house across the board” with an average student debt below $65,000, a bar passage rate of 88 percent in 2015 and more than 82 percent employment rate.
This is the tenth year Georgia State Law has been among the nation’s top 10 Best Value schools. The article, which featured an interview with Hensel, discussed affordability and student debt as an important factor in determining value. Georgia State Law, with a tuition of $16,858, lowered its average indebtedness from last year to $64,384.
“Our students are not forced to choose between world-class programming and affordable tuition,” Hensel said. “Instead, they graduate as highly trained and competitive legal professionals who are able to choose personally satisfying careers uninfluenced by heavy debt.”
The University of Georgia was second on the list, followed by the University of Florida, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Nebraska at No. 5.
The publication’s rankings are based on: percentage of graduates who pass the bar exam (15 percent); employment rate (35 percent); tuition (25 percent); cost of living (10 percent); and average indebtedness upon graduation (15 percent). The employment number is calculated by giving more weight to full-time, bar passage required jobs. The formula is designed to find law schools in which graduates have excellent chances of passing the bar and getting a job without taking on a ton of debt for education.