The downtown Atlanta location is a core part of the law school’s identity and strength. Atlanta is unique in its centrality to federal, state and local governments. The college enjoys proximity to the state capitol and many city, county, state and federal governmental offices, including courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies. In addition, the Atlanta community is home to a large and diverse group of private law firms and businesses. These institutions provide a wealth of opportunities for our students, both as learning environments while they are in school and as employers after their graduation.
Goals and Purposes
The primary purpose of the College of Law is to establish and maintain an educational program in law leading to the juris doctor (J.D.) The program is designed for the benefit of qualified students who meet the requirements for graduation by residence study on a full- or part-time basis, and who, upon the satisfactory completion thereof, will be qualified academically to sit successfully for the bar examination in the states of their choice, be admitted to the bar and authorized to practice law.
Secondary purposes include the development of interdisciplinary programs with other colleges in the university system. The college offers a dual B./J.D. with the Honors College, a dual J.D./M.B.A., a dual J.D./M.P.A. in accounting, and a dual J.D./M.S.H.A. and joint J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. in Health Administration with Robinson College of Business; a joint J.D./M.P.A. in public administration with Andrew Young School of Policy Studies; and a dual J.D./M.A. in philosophy with the College of Arts and Sciences; a dual J.D./M.P.H. with the School of Public Health; and a dual J.D./ M.C.R.P. in City and Regional Planning with Georgia Institute of Technology.
The college also offers a graduate program for lawyers beyond their first professional degree. Particular emphasis is placed on the education of foreign-trained lawyers. Georgia State Law offers an educational program leading to the legum magister (LL.M.) or master of laws. The program offers several options for both foreign and domestic lawyers: a general studies track and specific concentrations in health law, land use/environmental law, and intellectual property. The program also offers a prescribed curriculum qualifying a foreign-trained lawyer to take the bar examination in Georgia to practice law in the United States.
The College of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Georgia State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.