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Georgia State University College of Law

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Total Program Enrollment 646
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.19 - 3.6
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 94.22%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88.0%
In State Tuition $15,154
Out of State Tuition $34,834

Overview

Overview

Reviews

According to its students, Georgia State University’s College of Law offers “a top-quality law school education without the aggressive environment.” Of particular note is the school’s “top-notch part-time program full of talented students.” “GSU COL offers an incredible value to students—strong academic reputation with a low cost of atten­dance,” says a 2L. “Tuition is unbelievable,” adds a 1L. “[With] only about $10,000 a year for a very strong education, you can graduate with minimal debt, enabling you to begin a law career of your choice.” The “amazing” professors are “diverse and open-minded.” “Impressively, professors believe in the program and voluntarily teach evening classes,” says a 2L. “I am challenged every day by brilliant professors who make me think in ways I never thought possible,” explains a 1L. Most students find that the administration is “very responsive” and committed to ensuring quality instruction and improving aca­demic instruction.” Others students note, “They are always willing to go the extra mile and show concern for the success of their students.” Students appreciate GSU COL’s “flexible class hours,” particularly those involved in the very popular part-time program. Some feel that, due to this program, there is “a weighting toward evening classes” and that those evening classes are “where the best adjuncts teach.” That said, others believe the “emphasis on the part-time program is a bit overstated.” “It’s available and great, but the full-time day classes are on par with any you will find,” says a 3L. Regardless of which program students partake in, the “effec­tive” courses offered are roundly praised. “The health law program is dynamic and first-rate,” says a 2L. “Charity Scott is a legend in this city and any future health care attorney would be lucky to take a class with her.” “The school is not afraid to try new ideas,” adds another 2L. “I’ve taken ‘Law and the Internet,’ which is all about legal issues and the online community,” says one student, and another tells us, “I’m now in a new non-traditional class that combines Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Taxes, in which the stu­dents form their own law firms and actually prepare all of the documents as if in the real-world.”By and large, students are very happy with their decision to attend GSU COL. However, when it comes to the school’s Career Services Office, opinions have some believing “they could do a better job.” Despite this, “the access to the Atlanta legal com­munity” that GSU’s location offers goes a long way in making up for any career office shortcomings. “I have clerked for a year with a Superior Court judge, worked for a professor as a GRA, competed in a National Moot Court competition, become president of numerous societies, and have a job lined up after graduation,” says a 3L.With a prime spot in downtown Atlanta, GSU’s location allows students to “walk to the 11th Circuit, Supreme Court, and Northern District of Georgia courthouses.” On campus, the law school’s buildings aren’t quite as appreciated as the university’s metropolitan location. “The technology available in the classrooms and libraries [is] high quality, but the classrooms themselves are not,” says a 1L. “The current law school is old, and was never meant to be used for anything aside from administrative purposes.” However, plans are in place for a new—and “much more aesthetically pleasing”—building. “We are all looking forward to breaking ground on the new law school in 2012, because a new building will give the professors and students more opportunities to show just how amazing the school really is!” says a 2L.

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 200

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 - 4 years; JD/MBA/MHA - 4 years; JD/MPA(Masters in Public Administration) - 4 years; JD/MA Philosophy - 4 years: JD/MCRP - 4 years; JD/MHA - 4 years; JD/MSHA - 4 years; JD/MPA (master of Professional Accounting) - 4

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 75
Full-Time Faculty 57
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 9
Faculty Gender 48% Male
50% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 71%
Multi-racial 0%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 11%
Asian 8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $15,154 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $15,154 $15,154

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $34,834 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $34,834 $34,834

Financial Aid

78% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$20,500 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 27

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Georgia State University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 158 - 161
LSAT Part-Time 154 - 160
LSAT Total 156 - 161

Georgia State University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.21 - 3.6
Part-Time 3.09 - 3.59
Total 3.19 - 3.6

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 99%
First Time Pass Rate 94%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 200
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88%
Average Starting Salary $67,387
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 47 27%
Firm Sized 11-25 13 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 2 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 12 7%
Business Industry 37 21%
Government 23 13%
Public Interest 11 6%
Federal Clerkship 5 3%
State Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 4 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 21 11%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 0%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 2%
DC 2%
GA 91%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Georgia State University College of Law include:

  • Linda K. DiSantis - General Counsel, C.A.R.E.
  • Scott M. Frank - President, AT&T Intellectual Property
  • Lynne R. O'Brien - Director of Corporate Real Estate, the Coca Cola Company
  • Honorable Cynthia J. Becker - Judge, Superior Court of Georgia Stone Mountain Judicial Curcuit
  • Ronald J. Freeman - Founding Partner at Johnson and Freeman

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