Georgia is an exciting place to attend law school, whatever your interests. The state has been an important commercial and cultural hub since its establishment as one of the original 13 colonies. In addition to the state's influence on fashion and music, Georgia is also the corporate home of iconic American companies such as Coca-Cola, UPS, and Home Depot. The following article offers some observations about Georgia's law schools.
The state has six American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools. Half of them are located in 'Hotlanta,' which can mean access to the city's club scene and opportunities to intern or work in the state's major companies and industries. Urban study can also mean higher living expenses and a faster-paced environment that may not appeal to all students, however, so the schools located elsewhere in the state shouldn't be ignored.
Atlanta Law Schools
Atlanta is home to the busiest airport in the world and has a nightlife and art scene with admirers around the world. These universities are all located in Georgia's most populous city:
Emory University School of Law -- Emory University ranks within the top 25 law schools nationally and is the highest-rated of Georgia's law schools. The school is more than a century old and provides a wide selection of degree options.
Georgia State University College of Law -- Georgia State University's College of Law has a considerably lower tuition than the other options for legal study and its position on the U.S. News & World Reports list of top law schools, while lower than Emory's, is entirely respectable. Georgia State has been widely recognized as the best value in the state, though this has resulted in particularly competitive admissions.
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School -- Atlanta's John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) emphasizes its experiential learning program, offering legal clinics, externships, and field placements for students who prefer to learn through practice.
Other Georgia Law Schools
Georgia is larger than just Atlanta and many may prefer to study without the metropolis's many distractions. These schools are located in smaller cities or Georgia's gorgeous countryside:
University of Georgia School of Law -- Established nearly in the same moment as the University of Georgia, Athens remains a college town. The school offers a bustling collegiate atmosphere away from the hustle of the city in the north-central portion of the state.
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law -- Mercer University had the first ABA accredited law school in the state. The school is located in Macon, Georgia, in the southern part of the state.
Savannah Law School -- AJMLS's newly-established sister school, the Savannah Law School, shares its Atlanta sibling's experiential focus in the state's lovely port city.
Continue Planning Law School
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