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
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.
- Center for Access to Justice was founded in 2016 to establish a regional and national base for the study of how lower-income individuals interact with the civil and criminal justice systems.
- The Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth works nationally and internationally to solve land use and resource problems through better urban planning.
- Center for Intellectual Property students may curate a comprehensive intellectual property education on-campus and off, through IP courses and supplemental programming, including mentoring, writing competitions, job fairs, scholarships and mock interviews.
- The Center for Law, Health and Society works across disciplines to advance the role the law plays in promoting the health of individuals, families and communities.
- The Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution establishes effective models of dispute resolution through interdisciplinary research in the business and education sectors.
- The National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism sponsors workshops and develops online resources centered on teaching legal ethics and promoting professionalism.
- 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.
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
Our Center for Clinical Education is ranked 30th in a six-school tie, according to U.S. News & World Report, March 15, 2017.
Our Center for Law, Health & Society is ranked seventh and remains a top 10 health law program in the United States, according to more »
Our J.D. program is ranked No. 65 in the nation for 2018, according to U.S. News & World Report, March 14, 2017.
ATLANTA — Georgia State University College of Law’s part-time program jumped three spaces to No. 11 in a three-school tie in U.S. News & World Report 2018… more »