For the second year in a row, the Georgia State University College of Law has been ranked the no. 1 best value in the country by preLaw magazine, a National Jurist publication.
October 14, 2011
ATLANTA – For the second year in a row, the Georgia State University College of Law has been ranked the no. 1 best value in the country by preLaw magazine, a National Jurist publication.
“We are very pleased to be recognized once again for the quality of our program and its value. In these times in particular, students are rightfully looking for both,” said College of Law Dean Steven J. Kaminshine.
Brigham Young University and Florida State University ranked second and third, respectively, behind Georgia State. Fifty-seven of the 60 schools listed on the honor roll this year are public institutions.
To identify the best-value law schools, preLaw considered a two-year average for both bar passage rates and percent of students employed after graduation. In-state tuition and average debt at graduation also factored into the rankings.
Kaminshine told preLaw that the College of Law career services office is working hard to help students secure jobs. GSU’s robust externship program and location in the heart of downtown Atlanta have been assets in those efforts.
“We are proud that our law students graduate ready to practice law and without a crushing amount of debt,” Kaminshine said. “It is important that our graduates are able to practice their passion without limiting their opportunities because of financial concerns. This national recognition strongly indicates we are succeeding in our core mission: to provide an outstanding legal education that is accessible and affordable.”
Georgia State’s College of Law was also recognized in the Princeton Review’s recently published 2012 edition of “The Best 167 Law schools.” The Princeton Review does not rank schools, but compiles its lists using institutional data, student surveys and its own evaluation of academic programs and offerings. The preLaw rankings can be found in the magazine’s Fall 2011 issue.
Kathleen Poe Ross