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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
GSU Law Logo.jpg
Parent schoolGeorgia State University
School typePublic
DeanWendy Hensel
LocationAtlanta, Georgia, US
Enrollment461 (Full Time)[1]
Faculty52 (Full- and part-time)[1]
USNWR ranking65[1]
Bar pass rate85.4%[2]
WebsiteGSU College of Law
ABA profileGSU College of Law
The new Georgia State University College of Law building located at 85 Park Place in downtown Atlanta.

In addition to the Juris Doctor degree, the college offers joint degree programs with other colleges at Georgia State University.

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.[3]



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.[4]

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.[3] The College of Law also boasts a strong Health Law program (ranked 3rd nationally) and a large part-time program (ranked 10th nationally).[3] The school is ranked 46th by Above The Law using metrics that focus more on student outcomes rather than inputs.[5] Additionally, GSU was named by Princeton Review in its 2013 edition of The Best 168 Law Schools.[6]


The cost of tuition at GSU Law for the 2018-2019 academic year is $17,050 for residents and $36,659 for non-residents.[3]


In 2016, incoming Georgia State law students had a median GPA of 3.41 and a median LSAT score of 158.[7]

Clinical programsEdit

The school has a number of legal clinics, such as the Phillip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, which serves low-income taxpayers.[8]

Study abroadEdit

The school operates the Summer Academy in International Commercial Arbitration, a five-week, six-credit hour study abroad program based in Linz, Austria.[9] 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.[10]


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.[11] 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.[12]

Notable alumniEdit

  • Notable faculty
    • Paul A. Lombardo, Professor of Law - Senior Advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
    • Thomas W. Thrash, Professor of Law (1986-1997) - Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "U.S. News & World Report, Best Law Schools: Georgia State University". Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
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  3. ^ a b c d "U.S. News and World Report Law School Rankings".
  4. ^ "Ben F. Johnson Jr". Georgia State University College of Law.
  5. ^ "The 2018 ATL Top 50 Law School Rankings". Above the Law. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  6. ^ "2013 Princeton Review Best Law Schools". Archived from the original on 2012-12-03.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Phillip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic". Archived from the original on 2013-11-01.
  9. ^ "SAIICA". Archived from the original on 2013-06-17.
  10. ^ "Summer Legal and Policy - Rio".
  11. ^ "Employment Statistics" (PDF).
  12. ^ "Georgia State University Profile".
  13. ^ office, Submitted by Governor Mary Fallin's. "Governor Mary Fallin selects Judge Barbara Swinton to fill vacancy on Oklahoma Civil Appeals Court". Norman Transcript. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  14. ^ Godwin, Becca J. G. "Who is Atlanta mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms?". ajc. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  15. ^ Poole, Shelia; Stafford, Leon. "Keisha Lance Bottoms sworn in as the new Mayor of Atlanta". ajc. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  16. ^ "Jimmy Faircloth (JD '90), executive counsel to Louisiana governor, to speak April 7". April 2, 2009. Retrieved July 20, 2015.

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