University of Georgia

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Athens, GA 30602

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The Law School at University of Georgia has an application deadline of April 1. The full-time program application fee at the Law School at University of Georgia is $50. Its tuition is full-time: $18,740 per year (in-state) and full-time: $36,410 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 11.5:1. The Law School at University of Georgia has 63 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

The University of Georgia School of Law is a public law school in Athens. Law students who wish to broaden their education can do so in three ways: through elective courses, joint degrees, and concurrent enrollment in other departments at the University of Georgia. Joint degree programs include a J.D./M.B.A. through the Terry College of Business and a J.D./M.Ed. in Sports Studies for future sports lawyers offered through the College of Education. Concurrent enrollment options, which allow students to earn another degree in their second and third years of law school, are offered through the University of Georgia’s other 15 schools and colleges.

Global opportunities are also a focus of the law school, including study abroad programs, work abroad programs, and global initiatives. Students can spend a school break abroad through the Georgia Law Summer Program in China; the Georgia Law Summer Program in Brussels & Geneva; the Georgia Law at the University of Oxford program; or through a global internship. The Georgia School of Law also runs the Dean Rusk Center for International, Comparative and Graduate Legal Studies, a hub of international law research, internship placements, and global outreach projects. Nearly a quarter of first year students take part in summer study abroad programs and internship opportunities.

There are more than 40 student organizations to join, including the Rural South Law Society, for students who wish to practice in rural areas, and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, which advocates for improvements to federal and state animal laws. The school also has several legal journals: the Georgia Law Review, the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law, and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law. On-campus housing is available, but most law students opt for private housing.

Notable alumni of Georgia Law include Kenneth Gross, Jr., U.S. ambassador to Tajikistan, and Samuel Matchett, partner and chair of the diversity committee at King & Spalding.

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Year founded 1859
Public/private Public
Law school designation Regional


Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee $0
Admissions phone (706) 542-7060
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 63
Student-faculty ratio 11.5:1
Total faculty 74

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 621
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 228


Tuition and fees

full-time: $18,740 per year (in-state)
full-time: $36,410 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $12,028


Employed at graduation2 48.9%
Median private sector starting salary $63,000
Median public service starting salary $50,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 558,214

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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