Founding faculty members join Dean Ben F. Johnson for a photo soon after the College of Law opened in 1982.

An Accessible Legal Education

Georgia State Law opened its doors in downtown Atlanta to about 100 students in September 1982. Today the college enrolls about 190 new students a year with a total student body of more than 650 students.

The college, which offers doctrinal- and skills-based law courses to day and evening students, has three operational clinics that provide students opportunities to fine-tune their legal skills while aiding underserved Georgians. The Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic was founded in 1992 to provide legal assistance to individuals facing IRS problems. The Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Legal Services Clinic opened its doors in 2007 to help families address their legal needs in the face of medical bills and other financial constraints.

The college opened a third clinic, the Investor Advocacy Clinic, in 2013. This clinic provides legal representation to small investors struggling with losses due to broker misconduct. The clinic is funded by the college and by a $250,000 grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Each year, the college grows in other ways as well, in students, faculty members, staff and even building space. The college broke ground on a new building in September 2013 at the corner of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue and Park Place. The new building, our first dedicated home, is designed to support the programmatic demands of 21st-century legal instruction.

Georgia State Law continues to make a quality, practical legal education accessible to traditional and nontraditional students, enabling them to contribute to their profession even before graduation.