University of Georgia School of Law
University of Georgia School of Law
University of Georgia School of Law 225 Herty Drive Athens, GA 30602-6012
The University of Georgia School of Law is located in Athens, Georgia. Students represent 75 undergraduate institutions, 12 countries, 5 continents, and 27 states. The application fee is just $50. Prospective students are required to submit their LSAT score with their application along with two letters of recommendation.
Tuition for the program is $17,604 for in-state students and $36,362 for out-of-state students. In 2021-2022, 100% of first-generation college graduates as well as military veterans received some form of financial aid. For the class of 2024, 80% of all students received some form of aid. Scholarships range from partial to full tuition. They are awarded based on academic achievement, and potential ability to make significant contributions to the field.
For the last five years, the school has been ranked number one or number two for the best value law school by the National Jurist. It has been similarly ranked for the best return on investment in legal education. Since 2017, the funding for summer positions has increased by 450%.
The school offers a graduate certificate in international law as well as nine dual degree programs including a JD/MBA with three- or four-year options.
There are eleven clinics at the University of Georgia School of Law as well as six externship programs and a semester in practice program. Students are able to work and learn alongside currently practicing attorneys and established faculty, developing critical skills before entering the workforce. The school was ranked number 22 in practical training by Prelaw in 2022.
Most courses students take their first year in the program have a class size of 60 students. However, the Legal Writing and Legal Research course is purposefully and strategically offered in six small sections of about 30 students. This allows individualized attention for students and personalized feedback. The courses taken in the second and third year vary widely in size. Some seminars have just ten students while others have upwards of 100.
First year students are connected with a four-person mentoring team to help them navigate the program even before they step foot on campus.
Founded in 1859, this public law school has an acceptance rate of 18.48%. To enter the program in fall of 2021 there were 2,998 applications, 554 acceptances, and 191 new students chose to enroll. The student body has a median LSAT score of 166 and a median GPA of 3.82. 23% are of minority backgrounds and 50.5% are women.
An impressive 99.01% of graduates are employed within ten months of receiving their JD. Graduates earn an average salary of $80,648. Graduates most commonly work in Georgia, Florida, or New York.
96.67% pass the bar exam within two years of graduation. 187 graduates from the class of 2021 are employed in a position where bar passage is required. 9 are employed in a position where holding a JD is an advantage.
75 graduates from the class of 2021 are employed in small law firms (250 and less) and 36 are employed in large law firms (251 or above). 37 hold clerkship placements. 13 hold a federal clerkship and 24 hold a state, local, or territorial clerkship. Five students have clerked for Supreme Court justices in the past. 5 graduates from the class of 2021 employed in business or industry, 18 are employed in public interest, 20 are employed in government, and 6 are employed in academia.
There are around 40 student organizations on campus which aid in the mission of the school to “Prepare. Connect. Lead.”
Athens is a progressive small town with tons of charm, plentiful parks, a low cost of living, a live music scene, and a beautiful culture. Southern Living Magazine voted it the South’s best college town in 2022. Additionally, it’s just 80 minutes from Atlanta, and an airport which can take you anywhere. Many Fortune 500 companies are also located in the area, providing students a plethora of opportunity.
The University of Georgia School of Law has produced 11 governors, over 120 state and federal legislatures, and 80 state Supreme Court justices and federal judges.
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