Georgia State University College of Law
The Georgia State University College of Law is an urban law school located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1982, it is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.
|Georgia State University College of Law|
|Parent school||Georgia State University|
|Location||Atlanta, Georgia, US|
|Enrollment||461 (Full Time)|
|Faculty||52 (Full- and part-time)|
|Bar pass rate||85.4%|
|ABA profile||GSU College of Law|
The college offers a full-time and a part-time program. The cost of tuition at GSU Law for the 2018-2019 academic year is $17,050 for residents and $36,659 for non-residents.
As far back as the early 1970s, Georgia legislators and academic leaders debated establishing a new law school. The Georgia State University College of Law finally was sanctioned by the state’s Board of Regents in 1981 and Ben F. Johnson became its first dean.
The college enrolled 200 students in its inaugural year, taught by six professors. Most students were part-time, and many took classes at night, because they had full-time jobs during the day. The college’s first seven graduates were hooded in December 1984.
By the end of its first decade, full-time faculty had grown to 31, nearly half of whom were women.
Georgia State University College of Law is currently ranked as the 65th best law school by U.S. News & World Report. The College of Law also boasts a strong Health Law program (ranked 3rd nationally) and a large part-time program (ranked 10th nationally). The school is ranked 46th by Above The Law using metrics that focus more on student outcomes rather than inputs. Additionally, GSU was named by Princeton Review in its 2013 edition of The Best 168 Law Schools.
As of 2015, the annual full-time tuition for the Georgia State University College of Law is $14,808 for Georgia residents and $34,416 for out of state students.
The total cost of attendance (indicating tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Georgia State for the 2015-2016 academic year is $32,958 for residents and $52,556 for non-residents. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $121,502 for Georgia residents and $189,213 for non-residents.
In 2016, incoming Georgia State law students had a median GPA of 3.41 and a median LSAT score of 158.
The school has a number of legal clinics, such as the Phillip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, which serves low-income taxpayers.
The school operates the Summer Academy in International Commercial Arbitration, a five-week, six-credit hour study abroad program based in Linz, Austria. the Buenos Aires Summer Program in Argentina (jointly sponsored with the Florida International University College of Law); and the Summer Legal and Policy Study in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
According to Georgia State's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 59.5% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation. Georgia State's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 17.4%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
- Barbara Swinton, J.D. 1991 - Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.
- Cynthia J. Becker, J.D. 1987 - Judge, DeKalb County Superior Court.
- Christopher Brasher, J.D. 1991 - Judge, Fulton County Superior Court.
- Shawn LaGrua, J.D. 1987 - Judge, Fulton County Superior Court.
- Charles Chesbro, J.D. 1987 - Judge, Cobb County Magistrate Court.
- Louis Feingold, J.D. 1986 - Judge, Cobb County Magistrate Court
- Bill Hamrick, J.D. 1991 - Superior Court Judge, Coweta Judicial Circuit; former Georgia State Senator
- Randy Rich, J.D. 1992 - Judge, Superior Court of Gwinnett County; formerly Gwinnett State Court Judge
- Glenn Richardson, J.D. 1984 - Former Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives (2005-2010)
- Cynthia Coffman, J.D. 1991 - 38th Attorney General of Colorado
- Keisha Lance Bottoms, J.D. 1996 - 60th Mayor of Atlanta; former member of the Atlanta City Council.
- Steve Tumlin, J.D. 1988 - Mayor of Marietta, Georgia
- Curt Thompson, J.D. 1993 - Current member of the Georgia State Senate (D-5); former member of the Georgia House of Representatives
- Rich Golick, J.D. 1997 - Current member of the Georgia House of Representatives (40th District)
- Trey Kelley, J.D. 2014 - Current member of the Georgia House of Representatives (16th District)
- Sam Park, J.D. 2013 - Current member of the Georgia House of Representatives (101st District)
- Matt Ramsey, J.D. 2005 - Former member of the Georgia House of Representatives (72nd District)
- Vic Reynolds, J.D. 1986 - District Attorney, Cobb Judicial Circuit.
- Other notable alumni
- Notable faculty
- Neil Kinkopf - Professor of Law; Special Assistant in the Office of Legal Affairs during the Clinton Administration; Counsel to Senator Joe Biden during Clinton Impeachment; Domestic Policy Specialist for Clinton-Gore 1992 campaign.
- Paul A. Lombardo, Professor of Law - Senior Advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
- Jonathan Todres - Associate Professor of Law; Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Children and the Law Section; Child Rights Advisor to The United States section of ECPAT; NGO delegate to the United Nations, giving testimony on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Thomas W. Thrash, Professor of Law (1986-1997) - Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
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