The center’s International Perspectives on Urban Law and Policy course teaches students to solve legal and policy issues from scholars from around the world.
Faculty and students in the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth dissect issues affecting urban areas. The U.S. Census states that Atlanta is the third fastest-growing city in the country, which makes our downtown location ideal for this research.
Lawyers play a huge role in urban growth and development. They work with planners, business leaders and engineers to craft laws and regulations. College of Law students can see how the legal, regulatory and judicial actions of today affect the cities of the future.
The center’s focus includes suburbs, fringe, “edge” and satellite cities. Through the Urban Fellows Program, students can network with urban planning experts, attend special events and take part in a study abroad trip. The center also hosts events for industry experts through the Study Space program.
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Lawyers make decisions that shape the future. The Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth is building a legal foundation for the next generation.
According to the United Nations, more than 50 percent of people live in cities. Yet, the problems of growth are often studied in isolation.
The center takes a holistic approach to studying urban and growth management issues. We compare, learn from and improve upon experiences in other countries.
Our Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy is a collection of articles written by our faculty, students and urban development experts.
Graduate students from across Georgia State University and Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning apply for the Urban Fellows Program every spring.
Through this interdisciplinary program, students examine issues related to urban growth. Fellows interact with experts in the field, attend monthly lectures, volunteer and publish a research paper for course credit.
Students may also participate in a study abroad trip. Most recently the group traveled to Brazil. Applications are accepted every September. Read student papers about their trips in the Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy.
- Broaden your awareness about urban and environmental issues by attending the exclusive speaker’s series
- Build your network of professionals with similar interests
- Develop cross disciplinary contacts at GSU and other universities in Atlanta
- Receive guidance and direction to write a paper of publishable quality and earn course credit
- Make connections in the community through volunteer opportunities
- Become privy to job opportunities
- Boost your resume
Distinguished speakers from academics, government, and the private sector talk about a variety of urban and environmental issues. Student interest helps direct the types of speakers we select.
- Afternoon lectures will be held approximately once per month (August through April) from 4:10-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
- The lectures are different every year. Examples of the types of lectures we schedule: Atlanta Regional Commission updates; Resilient Cities; Water and Natural Resources; Education; History of Atlanta.
Urban Fellows must perform 10 hours of community service over the course of the academic year (fall and spring semesters) on a project of their choice.
Mandatory Research Paper & Presentation
All Urban Fellows must write a research paper of publishable quality on any urban, growth management, or environmental law and policy issue. Students will briefly present their research to the class in the spring semester.
Accepted Urban Fellows students will be registered for the course LAW 7494 for 1 credit in the fall semester and 1 credit in the spring semester; however, you will receive an “In Progress (IP)” grade in the fall until your research paper and other requirements are complete in the spring semester. Upon completion of the paper and all program requirements, your IP grade will be replaced with a final grade in both the fall and spring semesters. This course satisfies the COL’s writing requirement.
The Study Space workshop invites professionals with a background in city planning, land use, urban development, regulation and other related areas to go on a week long trip to some of the world’s fastest-growing cities. While there, the group identifies challenges and brainstorms solutions.
Study Space is unique because:
- Participation is limited to a small group of international scholars and professionals selected from a variety of disciplines.
- The program examines and provides recommendations for a defined set of challenges facing the host city.
- It promotes active learning and problem solving through research, site visits and group discussions with local academics, non- government organizations and government officials.
- Participants contribute scholarly articles for publication in an online journal with international reach.
Participants will receive reading materials to review prior to the start of the program. Attendees are expected to participate fully, including daily lectures, site visits, group discussions and dinners. Participants contribute scholarly articles for publication in the online journal, Journal of Comparative Urban Law & Policy, a publication of Georgia State Law’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.
Past trips include:
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Marseilles, France
- and Singapore.
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