|Georgia State University College of Law|
|Parent school||Georgia State University|
|Dean||LaVonda N. Reed|
|Location||Atlanta, Georgia, US|
|Enrollment||461 (Full Time)|
|Faculty||52 (Full- and part-time)|
|USNWR ranking||78th (2022)|
|Bar pass rate||85.4% (2018)|
|Website||GSU College of Law|
|ABA profile||GSU College of Law|
The Georgia State University College of Law is a 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.
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 78th best law school by U.S. News & World Report (2022). The College of Law also boasts a strong Health Law program (currently ranked 1st nationally) and a large part-time program (ranked 17th nationally). The school was ranked 42nd by Above The Law in 2019 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.
The cost of tuition at GSU Law for the 2018-2019 academic year is $17,050 for residents and $36,659 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 2018 ABA-required disclosures, 71.5% of the Class of 2018 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation. Georgia State's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 13.4%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2018 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
- Shawn LaGrua, J.D. 1987 - Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia
- John "Trea" Pipkin III, J.D. 2005 - Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
- Barbara Swinton, J.D. 1991 - Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
- Cynthia J. Becker, J.D. 1987 - Judge, DeKalb County Superior Court.
- Bill Hamrick, J.D. 1991 - Superior Court Judge, Coweta Judicial Circuit; former member of the Georgia State Senate (D-30)
- 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 - Former member of the Georgia State Senate (D-5); former member of the Georgia House of Representatives (69th District)
- 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); House Majority Whip (2013-2016)
- Stephen Dickson, J.D. 1999 - 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
- Nika Rurua, J.D. 2001 - Former member of the Cabinet of Georgia (country)
- Other notable alumni
- Notable faculty
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