Georgia State Law Rises in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Georgia State University’s College of Law advanced five spots in the latest rankings of law schools by U.S. News & World Report.

The College of Law tied for 77th alongside Pennsylvania State, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark and Santa Clara University in U.S. News’ “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2009” edition out March 31.

The latest ranking moves the College of Law up from 82nd in the 2008 edition and 97th the previous year. According to U.S. News, the rankings are calculated based on 12 measures of quality, including surveys of area firms, judges and attorneys general along with test scores, bar passage rates and faculty resources.

In other rankings news, the college’s health law program maintained the 10th spot in its specialty program category.

“This latter ranking is quite an accomplishment, as it reflects the views among health law faculty nationally,” says Dean Steven Kaminshine, “and is a testament to the program we have been building under the leadership of Professor Charity Scott, who is the director of our Center for Law, Health & Society.”

Launched in 2004, the Center for Law, Health & Society at Georgia State University focuses on the role that law plays in the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Its faculty is composed of experts in bioethics, genetics, eugenics, HIV/AIDS, human subjects research, international health and human rights, health care regulation, public health, and social welfare.

The ranking is “a reflection of the very high quality of faculty, staff, and students who all contribute to the program’s success,” said Scott.

And being in downtown Atlanta puts the center near a number of health-related government and business organizations. “We are ideally situated to demonstrate how law can play a positive role in promoting society’s health,” she said.

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