(1) Georgia State College of Law graduates are among the most employable in the country.
Graduates from the College of Law had the highest Georgia Bar passage rate in the state as of February 2020. According to the American Bar Association, 189 are already employed from 201 to 2019 graduates. The College of Law’s Professional Development and Career Strategies Center prepares students to find their careers from the first year of their legal education. With services such as speed networking events, career mapping, and on-campus and virtual interviews, CPD prepares students for success.
(2) Learn in a diverse environment.
The Georgia State Law is one of the most diverse legal programs in the country. Students are encouraged to fully engage in the classroom as diversity enriches the learning environment. The last class consisted of 43 percent men, 57 percent women and 38 percent were minorities. Students come to the College of Law from 71 different undergraduate institutions with 64 different undergraduate majors. Almost a quarter of the students are also part-time. The College of Law was named a Top School for Black Students by the Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools & Firms.
(3) Gain hands-on experience before starting your career.
Students have several options to gain hands-on experience before completing the experiential learning program. You will work with experts in a real legal environment in over 30 practical and simulation courses, external internships and six clinics. Two experiences that are unique to the College of Law are the interdisciplinary Urban Fellows program and the Legal Analytics Lab. The Urban Fellows program enables students to earn coursework while studying issues related to urban growth. In the Legal Analytics Lab, students can work with law firms to mine legal data for research projects. For those looking to give back, Georgia State offers one of the most comprehensive and best funded pro bono programs in the country.
(4) Learn from a wide variety of legal professionals.
With 70 full-time faculty members, including four Fulbright Fellows, the College of Law maintains a student to faculty ratio of 6.2: 1. All of our faculty members have hands-on experience and serve as student mentors. The college is home to four faculty-run research centers and two initiatives, all of which offer certificate programs for students to delve deep into an area of their choice. They are the center for comparative study of metropolitan growth, law, health and society, access to justice, intellectual property, legal analysis and innovation, and entertainment, sports and media law.
(5) Take advantage of one of the best values in legal education.
With tuition fees for domestic students as low as $ 14,068 – before scholarships or financial aid – the state of Georgia has been consistently recognized as the cheapest law school by National Jurist and PreLaw magazines. The state of Georgia remains in the top ten law schools with starting graduate salaries exceeding US News & World Report student loan debt.
(6) Increase earning potential.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for lawyers in 2019 was $ 122,960, compared with $ 50,600 to $ 87,850 for those with only a bachelor’s degree. Georgia State College of Law alumni included judges, politicians, entrepreneurs, and partners in major law firms. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms and Dawn Jones, President of the State Bar of Georgia, are both Georgia State Law alumni. Our expansive alumni base, coupled with a growing industry and an evolving curriculum, offers graduates an earning potential that continues to grow.
Written by Alex Resnak