Overview

Applicants
2,225
Acceptance Rate
30%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
178

Test Scores

LSAT
158 - 163

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
June 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$50

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

State Residency
Extracurricular Activities
Work Experience

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
70

40
Female
10
Minority


Students Say

At the University of Georgia Law, students rave about the education they receive for a “bargain price.” Non-resident students may apply for in-state rates after the first year, and many out-of-state residents receive scholarships for their first year, which waive the tuition difference. That’s not to mention the school’s “great academic reputation” and position as a “feeder to the most prominent city in the South.” “It is really nice to be able to afford a JD from a reputable school and not be faced with the ‘golden handcuffs,’” says a student not looking to work at a firm. All in all, “the professors, the people, the curriculum, and the facilities contribute to an overall competitive and comprehensive program that still embodies southern hospitality.”
The “stellar” teachers at Georgia Law are “compassionate, while still demanding excellence,” and it’s “very easy to meet with professors and discuss things unrelated to class,” as well as many student groups that allow for diverse ideas and discussions among students. “They genuinely care about us as individuals and have never been too busy to assist,” says a student. Though students “are definitely left to figure things out on our own in many respects” (“Communication about how to get grades, etc., are somewhat lacking.”), the school “provides a wide range of clinical opportunities for its students,” as well as its nationally recognized moot court and mock trial programs and three major journals. It also offers study and work abroad programs to help reinforce its focus on global issues, and concurrent enrollment with the university’s other programs is an option.
There’s a wide variety of courses from which students can choose their electives, and the school has a unique approach to grading in the “intense” first year. Students don’t receive grades for the first semester (with the exception of criminal law and civil procedure), and at the end of 1L, fall semester performance counts toward the final grade, but it’s weighted significantly less than spring exam scores. The school wants students to focus on their studies and discourages 1Ls from taking jobs during the first year of law school.
Georgia Law has one of the largest law libraries in the nation—students love its “huge, picturesque windows and accommodating seating and tables”—and it’s embarking on a renovation and expansion that will only improve the quality of life. Classroom facilities are “also great,” and the school produces an enthusiastic alumni base that helps during interview season. Still, many students do wish that more job opportunities outside of Georgia found their way to the UGA Law campus.

Career overview

% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
95%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
20%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
King & Spalding, Jones Day, Alston & Bird, Troutman Sanders, Sutherland Asbill, McKenna Long Aldridge, Smith Gambrell, Maynard Cooper, Anderson Tate & Carr, Drew Eckl, US Department of Justice, public defenders and prosecutors, Federal District and Circuit Court Judges.

Graduates Employed by Area

2%
Academic

Graduates Employed by Region

2%
Mountain
1%
South West

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Jul 1
Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$28,169

% Students Receiving Some Aid
88%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$17,430
Out-Of-State Tuition
$35,868
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$9,246
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$10,450
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,800
Fees
$2,266

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
558
Parent Institution Enrollement
36,574

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
4
Average Age at Entry
23

% International
1%

Demographics

16.84%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
47% female
53% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Students say that the “small Southern town” of Athens, with its coffee shops and music scene, is the “quintessential college town,” but one that can be “somewhat limiting for older students.” Though the school is just a couple of blocks from downtown, “Housing options are pretty limited around the law school and most students live two to three miles away,” and often must drive to school as “the Athens bus service is not great.” Atlanta is about an hour-and-a-half away, so students who must frequently travel for their internships have a bit of a hike, but it’s still close enough that its myriad entertainment options can be enjoyed without much trouble. “The camaraderie of the students, an awesome social scene, and proximity to Atlanta make a good educational experience that much better,” says a student.
UGA Law offers a “great balance between traditional legal education and strong social environment.” Small class sizes mean everyone is very independently driven,” providing at most a “friendly competition,” instead of a cutthroat one, but “grabbing a beer with friends after a long Friday full of classes makes law school really bearable.” “No one is hiding books; no one is refusing to help. We are all in this together and at the end of the day, the person next to you is a future referral and professional colleague,” says a 2L. “One thing that [the Dean] reminds all incoming 1Ls at orientation is that our classmates are our colleagues, not our competition, and students really take this to heart,” says another student.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Ramsey Bridges
Director of Law Admissions

Address
225 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602-6012

Phone
706-542-7060

Email
ugajd@uga.edu