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Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law

The Woodruff Curriculum is one of the true hallmarks of a Mercer education and will help distinguish you as a professional throughout your career. Initiated in 1990, the philosophy behind the curriculum was truly ahead of its time and continues to be viewed as a model by law schools across the country.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 433
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.19 - 3.62
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 77.36%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82.4%
Tuition $37,260

Overview

Overview

About Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law

The Woodruff Curriculum is one of the true hallmarks of a Mercer education and will help distinguish you as a professional throughout your career. Initiated in 1990, the philosophy behind the curriculum was truly ahead of its time and continues to be viewed as a model by law schools across the country.

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Mercer University School of Law strikes the “perfect balance” between a “familial atmo­sphere” and one of “healthy competition” thanks to its “smaller size,” which “allows for close relationships with other students and productive interaction with professors,” and its “emphasis on practical training in the law.” “I feel like I’m getting an Ivy League education, but without the higher price tag and without having to move to New England,” explains a 1L. “The class sizes are very small compared to other law schools, which encourages thoughtful discussion in class, [and] the professors abide by an open-door policy and are always willing to provide extra help.” Most students here agree that the “outstanding” faculty is “interesting,” “engaging,” and “very welcoming.” “The professors that I have had thus far have all been brilliant academics, which can be intimidating at times—especially in the beginning—yet they have the ability to stimulate student thought through engaging discussion and have successfully trained me to ‘think like a lawyer,’” says a 2L. The “helpful and friendly” administration gets similarly high marks for being “extremely accessible.” “Many of the administrators are helpful, kind, and welcoming of suggestions and questions from the student body,” says a 2L. Students at Mercer Law consider the “outstanding” and “second-to-none” legal writing program—in particular, the Writing Certificate Program—to be one of the school’s “greatest strengths.” According to a 2L, “As I have seen from moot court competition, higher-ranked schools don’t produce better writers than Mercer.” A 3L adds, “The substan­tial emphasis that Mercer Law places on developing superior legal writing skills is an asset that will distinguish all graduates throughout their legal careers.” However, students would like to see “more entertainment and [intellectual property] law classes” as well as a more relaxed curriculum. Mercer law addressed these issues through a curriculum rede­sign in 2011 designed to promote a greater flexibility for students in their choice of courses and create more opportunities for faculty advising in those choices.When it comes to the Career Services Office, student opinion is divided between “terrible” and “wonderful.” “Even in a recession, they have managed to produce a large number of opportunities for on-campus interviews, and for other job opportunities as well,” says a 3L. However, another 3L would like to see Career Services “reach out to 3Ls who are struggling to find jobs in this terrible economy.” The school’s Career Services Office has met the challenges of the new economy and was ranked 25th in the ABA for full time placements requiring a bar certification for the class of 2012.Though the “facilities probably won’t win any beauty contests” due to “sterile” classrooms that could be “mistaken for conference rooms at a Holiday Inn,” the “great” law school building itself draws plenty of praise for its “Southern charm.” Students also appreciate the “well maintained” library and “renovations” that have provided a “com­fortable work environment.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 158

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 3 to 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 59
Full-Time Faculty 27
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 23
Faculty Gender 61% Male
38% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 58%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 19%
Black or African American 11%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $37,260 Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,532 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $53,792 $37,260

Financial Aid

87% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$57,105 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 149 - 156
LSAT Total 149 - 156

Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.19 - 3.62
Total 3.19 - 3.62

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 76%
First Time Pass Rate 77%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 40
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82%
Average Starting Salary $53,500
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 46 39%
Firm Sized 11-25 10 9%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 9%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 8 7%
Business Industry 10 9%
Government 7 6%
Public Interest 8 7%
Federal Clerkship 2 2%
State Clerkship 10 9%
Academia 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 11 8%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 7 5%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
TN 3%
FL 4%
GA 83%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law include:

  • Honorable M. Yvette Miller - Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Honorable Mark Treadwell - Federal District Court Judge
  • Nathan Deal - Governor of Georgia
  • Honorable Hugh Thompson - Justice, Georgia Supreme Court
  • Griffin Bell - Former Attorney General of the United States

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