University of Georgia School of Law

Established 1859
School type Public
Dean Rebecca H. White
Location Athens, Georgia, USA
Enrollment 650 Avg.
Faculty 79
USNWR ranking 28
Bar pass rate 94.5%
Annual tuition In-State Tuition: $14,448 Out-of-State Tuition: $30,226

The University of Georgia School of Law is a graduate school of the University of Georgia. Founded in 1859 and located in Athens, Georgia, USA, Georgia Law was previously known as the Lumpkin School of Law. The Law School is the second oldest of the University's schools and colleges. The University of Georgia School of Law is currently ranked 28th in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report.

According to the National Law Journal, Georgia Law placed 18% of its 2005 graduating class in NLJ 250 firms. In addition to this placement, approx. 15% of 2005 Georgia Law graduates went on to judicial clerkships. The median salary of 2008 graduates in private practice was $130,000, with a median starting salary of all graduates at $90,466. Given the University of Georgia School of Law's low in-state tuition of $14,448, the New York Times newly completed a survey comparing starting salaries and degree costs of law schools and found "Georgia Law graduates earning some of the highest salaries in the country while their educational costs were reported between the very lowest, speaking to the quality of the education as well as the excellent return on investment provided at Georgia Law."


The law school was created in December 1859 and was firstly housed in the law office of Lumpkin and Cobb, which was situated on the corner of Prince Avenue and Pulaski Street. In 1861, the school closed due to the Civil War and was reopened in 1867. Two co-founders, Lumpkin and Cobb, died during this period. When the school reopened, it was located in the Ivy Building (in the south wing of what is now the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building) on the University of Georgia campus.

After continuing to grow, the law school moved in 1919 into the former Athenaeum Club building on the northeast corner of Broad Street and Lumpkin Street. The school remained in this building until the Harold Hirsch Building was erected in 1932. Harold Hirsch Hall was greatly expanded in 1967 with a huge addition that provided an expanded library and added several classrooms, common areas and offices.


Admission to Georgia Law is highly competitive. Entering students from the class of 2012 boasted a median LSAT and GPA of 164 [90th percentile and 3.7, correspondingly.
Applications to Georgia Law continue to increase each year. In 2009, applications were up 33% from the previous year, with 3,074 prospective students applying for admission Of those applicants, only 24.9% were granted admission.


Georgia Law students publish three greatly regarded legal journals, including the Georgia Law Review, the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law. These journals have frequently been cited by federal and state courts, as well as textbooks and other law reviews. Membership on the journals is limited to the 2L and 3L years.

Notable alumni

Graduates of the law school number more than 8,400 and include 11 governors, in excess of 35 U.S. and state senators and representatives and scores of federal and state judges, prominent attorneys and corporate leaders On two occasions, University of Georgia School of Law alumni have simultaneously headed all branches of state government: the last occasion was in 2002, when Roy Barnes was Governor, Norman S. Fletcher was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Tom Murphy was Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives and Mark Taylor was President of the Georgia Senate.

Counting the October 2007 term, Georgia Law graduates have served the U.S. Supreme Court as judicial clerks for three consecutive years, placing Georgia Law among the top five public law schools in the nation for supplying clerks to the U.S. Supreme Court since 2000.

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