The University of Georgia (UGA) has been designated as an arbor turn, and law students study in the most beautiful and historic scion - North Campus. The ranks of the UGA law faculty include authors of some of the country's leading legal scholarship, recipients of the Meigs Award (UGA's highest honour for teaching excellence), Fulbright scholars, Former judicial clerks for the U.S. Supreme Court and other Federal Courts, and former editors-inchief of law reviews. Most bring practical experience to the classroom as well. Many have been trial and corporate attorneys, and continue to accept pro bono cases or to serve as legal consultants. Georgia Law's School has 38 tenure track faculty, 18 senior members hold prestigious chaired or named professorships. Their expertise is expanded by the addition of outstanding adjuncts, whose ranks include leading attorneys from the region's most powerful firms, international lawyers, judges and government leaders.
The law school complex offers the utmost convenience to student classrooms, courtrooms, auditoriums, seminar rooms, computer labs, student lounges, message boxes, and faculty and administrative offices in one central location. While some law schools choose to emphasize either scholarship or teaching, the University of Georgia seeks to balance the two, firmly believing that classroom teaching is enhanced by scholarly expertise.
The University of Georgia offers 170 courses, although not all of the listed courses are taught each year. First-year students are just as likely to encounter a tenured or chaired faculty member in the classroom as they are a junior professor. Distinguished visitors and adjuncts supplement the faculty and diversify the upper-level curriculum.
The Juris Doctor is conferred upon the successful completion of the three-year, full-time program of legal study at Georgia Law.
Joint Degree Programs
The University of Georgia School of Law offers joint degree programs that enable students to earn both the law and graduate degrees in four academic years rather than the five it would take to obtain them individually.
J.D. / M.B.A.
The J.D. /M.B.A. provides excellent preparation for students interested in careers combining law and banking, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, or other business and commercial interests.
J.D. / M.H.P.
The J.D. /M.H.P. program, which includes an internship and thesis, is ideal for students interested in the historic preservation field. Students with wide varieties of academic backgrounds and experiences are accepted for the program.
J. D. / M.P.A.
The J.D. /M.P.A. is attractive to students who desire careers in public administration, including not-for-profit sectors. Graduates may have careers as attorneys in local, state, or federal agencies and/or be administrators in the agencies.
The Law Library provides resources and expertise to support the instructional mission of the School of Law and the scholarly research of the law faculty. The Law Library is also an important source of legal information for the university community, attorneys, and private citizens. The Law Library maintains a collection numbering in excess of 500,000 volumes and volume equivalents. The Library also houses a student computer lab and classroom with access to word processing, the Internet, electronic mail, and programmed legal exercises. The Library has a wireless network throughout the building.
Criminal Defense Clinic
The Criminal Defense Clinic offers students the opportunity to represent indigent defendants in the criminal justice system. Students in the Criminal Defense Clinic work with the attorneys and investigators in the Western Circuit Public Defender Office (WCPDO), which handles criminal cases in the Superior, State, Juvenile, Magistrate and Municipal courts of Athens- Clarke and Oconee counties.
The Prosecutorial Clinic integrates classroom instruction with an externship in a real prosecutor office. Students receive three consecutive semesters of classroom instruction beginning in the spring semester of their second year.
Capital Assistance Project
The Capital Assistance Project was initiated in 1998 at the request of the Supreme Court of Georgia. The students work at agencies defending individuals charged with or convicted of capital crimes and undertake valuable research and writing projects to assist agency attorneys with the cases.
The Georgia Law's Civil Clinic Programs provide opportunities in various fields: Non-profits and Government, Environmental Law, Family and Education Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate Counsel.
Students at Georgia Law publish three highly-regarded legal journals: the Georgia Law Review, the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law. The journals which are frequently cited by federal and state courts, textbooks, treatises, and other law reviews, follow the customary format with articles from leading scholars and practitioners comprising the bulk of the contents and another section consisting of student notes. The journals address the legal profession's need for legal treatises of the highest caliber, and provide selected students the opportunity to develop their legal analysis and writing skills beyond the classroom experience. Membership on the journals is limited to second and third-year students who have demonstrated outstanding writing and academic abilities.
University of Georgia School of Law Athens,
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