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Points of Distinction

Georgia State Law provides an outstanding legal education that focuses on practical, hands-on learning and innovative projects. Students cover foundational areas of law in the first year, have an array of elective choices in public and private law, and pursue externships, clinical opportunities, research placements and temporary employment with partner firms.

These key features of a Georgia State Law education ensure our students graduate practice-ready. They’ve also earned our school a top 10 Best Value ranking for 10 years in a row by preLaw magazine. The ranking is based on a two-year average for bar passage rates and the percent of students employed after graduation, paired with in-state tuition and average debt at graduation.

  • Graduates in state Solicitor's offices: 33
  • Graduates in state District Attorney's offices: 91
  • Graduates in the Georgia judiciary: 19
  • Graduates in Georgia government offices: 41
  • Alumni in the General Assembly: 4

Civil Pre-Trial Litigation

A third-year capstone course, Civil Pre-Trial Litigation, helps prepare students to ask questions to discover the facts needed to support case claims. It is taught by Professor Andrea Curcio.

Our core faculty teach multiple sections throughout the day and evening, ensuring our part-time students receive the same outstanding education as traditional, daytime students.

Blended courses teach basic lawyering skills alongside legal theory, so students get experience in factual investigation, client relations, and recognition and resolution of ethical dilemmas.

  • The Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Clinic is a partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Atlanta Legal Aid Society in which students address social and economic barriers to health in low-income families. The clinic handles about 60 cases per year, helping more than 150 families since 2007.
  • The Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic partners with the IRS to assist low-income Georgians with tax problems. On average, the clinic serves 375 individuals a year. Since its founding, the clinic has opened 3,598 cases, working an average of 500 a year.
  • The Investor Advocacy Clinic assists small investors who suffer losses from broker misconduct and cannot afford legal representation. Students also conduct workshops on smart investing and maintain the clinic blog.
  • Capital Defender Clinic students help the capital defender attorneys effectively represent individuals facing the death penalty, and build factual and legal narratives that will lead to the reversal of death sentences on appeal.
  • Landlord-Tenant Mediation Clinic students receive training and certification as registered neutrals. They mediate landlord/tenant disputes and other disputes, including cases handled in the State and Magistrate courts; particularly small claim civil issues such as disputes between neighbors, consumers and businesses and creditors and debtors.
  • Olmstead Disability Rights Clinic Taught in partnership with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Disability Integration Project, the clinic focuses on advocacy arising out of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision.

Georgia State Law provides a traditional yet innovative curriculum that blends theory and practice-based skills. Our 22 experiential courses, such as the first-and second-year courses, Lawyering Foundations and Lawyering Advocacy, combine theory with hands-on practice-based skills. Additional clinical courses include Fundamentals of Law Practice, Health Legislation and Advocacy and Bankruptcy Litigation, Negotiation and Practice.

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Fuery Hocking (J.D. '15) (left) talks with his supervising attorney at his externship at the Senior Citizens Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Each year, our Externship Program places students with Atlanta nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and judges to assist with legal work. Outside of Atlanta, the Summer IP Program in Washington, D.C., gives students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining invaluable insights into the patent application process at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Our Student Bar Association develops relationships among students, faculty and administrators, and assists these organizations and co-curricular groups as needed:

  • Law Review, our student-produced legal journal
  • Peach Sheets, the Law Review's annual review of select Georgia legislation, which provides legislative history not available in the House and Senate journals
  • Moot Court, intercollegiate competition appellate trial teams
  • Student Trial Lawyers Association, national competition jury trial teams, also called mock trial
  • Public Interest Law Association, hosts an annual auction that raised $24,000 in scholarships for eight of our students in 2014.

What Others Say

No. 33

In May 2017, the college was ranked No. 33 by the legal blog, Above the Law. Above the Law focuses on outcomes in developing… more »

No. 7

Our Center for Law, Health & Society is ranked seventh and remains a top 10 health law program in the United States, according to more »

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