UGA Law Viewbook 2021 - 2022

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TABLE OF CONTENTS A Message From Our Dean

As an institution of legal education striving to be the nation’s best return on investment, our mission is to provide first-rate legal training, invaluable hands-on experiences and authentic relationships that allow our students to succeed as leaders in their professions and their communities. Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge

Dean & Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law


PREPARE Our Faculty 08

Meet Professor Lindsey Simon


Academics 12 Class Profile 14

CONNECT Experiential Learning 18 Student Experience 22

Meet Student Roya Naghepour


Athens, GA: The Classic City


LEAD Education in Action 33

Dean Rusk International Law Center


Career Development 42 Employment Statistics 44

Alumni 47

Meet Alumnus Addison Smith


Financial Aid & Tuition


How to Apply 54 The School of Law is located on UGA’s historic North Campus, a short walk from downtown Athens.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR DEAN Thank you for your interest in the University of Georgia School of Law. The past year has been an incredibly challenging one, and I’m mindful that your decision to pursue a legal education is an important one. To help you with that decision, this letter shares more on our vision to be the nation’s best return on investment in legal education and what that vision means for you: •

It means the opportunity to participate in 18 different clinical and experiential learning programs, designed to equip you with the skills demanded by today’s legal employers.

• It means learning from professors, judges, corporate executives and government officials working – and teaching – at the cutting edge of their fields. • Above all else, it means a laser focus on helping you obtain a job, pass the bar and avoid needless debt. This commitment helped us earn recognition as the nation’s “Best Value Law School” for three consecutive years - the first law school in history to achieve this honor. Our commitment ensures that, when you graduate, you can make your professional choices based upon your passions, not your wallet. Three words – Prepare. Connect. Lead. – capture our vision. Prepare: Rigorous training, in the classroom and the courtroom, prepares you for the demands of legal practice. During the last academic year, law students argued before four different federal appellate courts as well as the Supreme Court of Georgia. Our awardwinning advocacy team once again won multiple national tournaments, while students in our clinics displayed their determination and resolve holding virtual clinics and workshops on a wide range of topics, from renters’ rights to veteran assistance, while also working to help individuals seeking assistance – whether it be securing a protective order, fighting for justice for survivors of abuse or obtaining U.S. citizenship. Connect: We are a community of authentic support. That means viewing your education not as a transaction but as a financial and emotional investment. We take that charge seriously. That’s why we’ve invested so heavily in our mentorship program – matching you with a four-person mentorship team, including an alumnus or alumna based upon your background and interests. Mentors stay in touch with their mentees throughout the academic year, offering advice on matters like course selection and job searches. Our 6

unflinching commitment to connecting you with people who will make a difference in your professional lives extends beyond the mentorship program. Firstgeneration college graduates will find a home in our First-Generation Students Association, and veterans will benefit from our Butler Commitment. For those interested in work out of state, the Corsair Law Society provides an invaluable platform for building your networks. For those seeking government, judicial or public interest work, due to the generous support of our graduates and friends, the School of Law offers an array of stipends, approximately $305,000 during summer 2021. Lead: We are a community of leaders. Current and former government officials from judges to deputy attorneys generals regularly teach our classes, serving in various capacities like Jurists in Residence or guest lecturers. During the last academic year, judges taught in our classrooms, delivered lectures and judged moot courts. It is not unusual to find yourself in a roundtable discussion with those who have been on the front lines in the legal community – training you how to lead. That commitment translates into outcomes. For the past several years, roughly 20% of our graduates have served as law clerks to judges, and just recently the School of Law was ranked #8 in the nation for federal clerkship placements. Those clerkships are training grounds for future legal leaders. These are just a few ways that our law school community, a community that has met the challenges of the recent past, strives daily to be the nation’s best return on investment in legal education. We invite you to learn more about our community in the pages that follow, through a virtual tour on our website, a scan of our social media or a campus visit. Sincerely,

Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge Dean & Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law




“Being a professor here at the School of Law combines the best of all worlds: the


chance to shape a new generation of talented lawyers, the luxury to research socio-legal issues in depth, and the

While some law schools choose to emphasize either faculty scholarship or

opportunity to serve my community.

teaching, the University of Georgia School of Law faculty seeks to balance the

Our students are an invaluable part of

two, firmly believing that scholarly expertise enhances classroom teaching.

all that I do. Their energy, intellect, and

The varied and impressive backgrounds of our faculty members bolster our dynamic community of learning and

dedication have enriched my work in

strengthen our curriculum. Most professors maintain an open door policy; they are available to answer students’ questions about academic matters, offer career advice and guidance, and serve as mentors. Here you will find faculty who care about you, who take time to get to know you, and who go the extra mile for you.

Former judicial clerks for the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state courts A winner of the American Law Institute Young Scholars Medal Recipients of the Meigs Award, UGA’s highest honor for teaching excellence Fulbright Scholars

have formed with them are priceless.” Andrea L. Dennis

Our Faculty Includes: •

countless ways, and the relationships I

Associate Dean for Faculty Development; John Byrd Martin Chair of Law •

Former general counsels and Presidents of Fortune 500 companies

A former U.S. Senator Consultants to foreign governments and international policymaking bodies

Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law Harlan Cohen talks on the quad with students.

Federal Judges A former Deputy Attorney General

B. AVANT EDENFIELD JURIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM The Jurist in Residence program enables one or more Article III judges to spend a period of residence at the School of Law each year. Our law students benefit greatly from the unique opportunity to learn from federal judges in a series of mini-courses.


U.S. District Chief Judge of the Western District of Wisconsin James Peterson served as the law school’s 2019 Edenfield Jurist in Residence.




Meet Associate Professor of Law

LINDSEY SIMON How do the University of Georgia School of Law faculty members interact with students to ensure their success? Faculty members support students in many ways, through both formal and informal channels. For example, I enjoy collaborating with students in my capacity as faculty advisor to organizations like the Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA). I also connect with students in conversations after class or over a cup of coffee, where we discuss everything from course selection and clerkship applications to coping with stress and maintaining work/life balance in law school and practice. These opportunities to help support and mentor students are the most rewarding part of my role as a professor, and I am proud that they are a core part of our law school’s culture.

Do you and your colleagues involve students in your research? Faculty members at the School of Law are very enthusiastic to partner with students on research projects. Research assistants play a significant role in my writing process, and each year I look forward to the perspective and motivation that students bring to my scholarship.

What can a law student expect from you in the classroom? I teach code-based commercial law subjects, including bankruptcy and secured transactions. Many students expect these courses to be dull, but are pleasantly surprised to realize how interesting and relevant they are to everyday life. Because the topics come up so frequently in business disputes, students in my classroom can expect to encounter course material through the perspective of a practicing attorney. Each day we grapple with real-world client problems, and our discussions touch on legal, strategic, and ethical considerations to reach a solution.

What do you like about being a member of the faculty at the School of Law? I most enjoy the sense of collaboration and genuine enthusiasm for learning that flows throughout the community. I am constantly impressed by my colleagues’ research and clinical contributions to different corners of the law, and am energized by the level of student and faculty engagement both inside the classroom and beyond. LEARN MORE ABOUT PROFESSOR SIMON LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FACULTY




ACADEMICS The quality of The University of Georgia School of Law’s curriculum prepares students to excel in whatever setting they choose. Our faculty pursue excellence in teaching while also producing world-class scholarship, recognized for quality by other law school professors and the broader legal community. Interaction with talented peers and distinguished faculty in an outstanding educational environment ensures that the legal education received at the School of Law is second to none.

“Georgia Law is a community

J.D. DEGREE The Juris Doctor is conferred upon the successful completion of the three-year, full-time program of legal study. Our J.D. graduates must successfully complete all first year courses, earn a minimum of 88 semester credit hours, satisfy 2 advanced writing requirements, and complete the Law and Ethics of Lawyering course and 6 credit hours of practical skills course work.

of fellow students, scholars, practitioners, and alumni who will, in numerous ways, pull you up and then push you


further than you thought you

Fall Semester Credits Civil Procedure

could go.”

Spring Semester Credits 4

Criminal Law


Contracts 4

Legal Writing II


Legal Writing I


Property 4

Legal Research I


Constitutional Law I

Torts 4


Kent Barnett Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & J. Alton Hosch Professor of Law

Elective 3

16 credits

15 credits




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UPPER LEVEL COURSES The School of Law offers a broad and challenging curriculum of nearly 170 courses. Our second and third-year classes range in size from a seminar setting of 10–20 students to larger classes with up to approximately 80 students.

School of Law professors like Larry D. Thompson - John A. Sibley Professor in Corporate and Business Law and former U.S. Deputy Attorney General and General Counsel of PepsiCo - are respected leaders in their fields.


DUAL DEGREES The School of Law offers dual degree programs that enable our students to earn a J.D. and an additional degree in an accelerated fashion. We are one of the few schools in the nation offering both a three year J.D./M.B.A. as well as a J.D./MAcc. Applicants must apply separately to each program. Students who are enrolled in graduate programs at the University of


Georgia are eligible to apply for the J.D. program using their GRE or

The Dean Rusk International Law Center is home to the

Family Law and Migration Law; and Transnational,

GMAT scores, though certain criteria apply, and the law school will

Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree. Individuals who have

International and Comparative Law. Another area of

admit only a limited number of students through this process.

earned a law degree equivalent to a J.D. or LL.B. from a

concentration is Preparation for a U.S. Bar Exam, in

foreign university are eligible to apply to study for an

which students undertake a curriculum designed to

LL.M. degree. LL.M. students not only study side by side

make them eligible to apply to sit for bar examinations

with a diverse group of highly qualified J.D. students,

in a number of U.S. states, including Georgia.

Dual Degree Programs:

but also benefit from the close personal attention of our •

J.D./M.B.A. (3 or 4 years) J.D./MAcc. (3 years)



J.D./M.P.H. J.D./M.S.W.

J.D./M.S. in Sport Management and Policy J.D./M.U.P.D. LL.M./M.B.A.


world-class faculty. After earning their degrees, they join a global network of graduates.

An additional option for qualified students is the two year dual LL.M./M.B.A. degree. A student who is an LL.M. candidate at The University of Georgia may apply to

Our LL.M. degree is awarded upon successful

transfer to the J.D. program. Accepted candidates may

completion, typically over one academic year, of 26

start the J.D. program after successful completion of the

credit hours. Some LL.M. students will pursue a general

LL.M. degree.

course of study. Others will choose to focus on an area of concentration, for example: Public Institutions


and the Law; Business Law and Dispute Settlement;


The Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) is a graduate

J.D. curriculum and take classes alongside J.D. students

Students who wish to complement their law degrees with advanced

degree for professionals and recent college graduates

whose admissions credentials place them among the

degrees in other fields will find numerous opportunities at the law school.

who seek to increase their knowledge of the law in

most highly qualified in the nation. The M.S.L. degree is

With 17 other schools and colleges at the University of Georgia, advanced

order to bolster their professional potential. Our

awarded following the successful completion of 30 hours

degree opportunities abound. Students interested in concurrent degree

program is designed for individuals who do not wish

of course credit. The program offers both full-time (one

programs should contact the graduate coordinator in the department,

to become lawyers, but who want to enhance their

year) and part-time (up to three years) track options,

school or college offering the degree, in addition to the law school.

expertise in particular areas of law that intersect

with classes offered in both Athens and Atlanta.

with their professional interests. Our M.S.L. students



create their own individualized program of study by


selecting courses from the School of Law’s extensive





EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING Our students hone essential legal abilities through hands-on service learning in one of the School of Law’s 18 experiential learning programs. With 18 criminal and civil programs and a wide range of practice areas, our students have the chance to: •

Represent individuals, businesses, communities, and agencies

Advocate in state and federal courts

Negotiate deals and draft documents

Work for judges and as mediators to resolve disputes Pursue a passion for public service Appellate Litigation Clinic students Addison Smith and John Lex Kenerly IV became the first students to argue a case before the Georgia Supreme Court.

CRIMINAL PROGRAMS Our criminal programs allow law students to gain experience and first-hand knowledge of the criminal justice system.

Criminal Programs Include: •

Capital Assistance Project

Criminal Defense Practicum

Prosecutorial Justice Program

“The law school’s diverse clinical and experiential learning programs give our students the opportunity to develop real-world lawyering skills while making a meaningful difference in the lives of underrepresented individuals and communities.” Jason A. Cade Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning; J. Alton Hosch Associate Professor of Law; Director, Community Health Law Partnership


The Willbanks Child Endangerment and Students in the Wilbanks CEASE dedicate(CEASE) themselves SexualClinic Exploitation Clinictoisthe the assistance of victims of child abuseinunder the guidance of firstsexual of its kind the nation. Director Emma Hetherington (J.D. ‘11).



CIVIL PROGRAMS Our highly regarded civil programs expose law students to a range of civil matters including environmental preservation, serving disadvantaged community members, protecting victims of domestic violence, working for a nonprofit or government agency, representing small businesses and entrepreneurs, working with in-house counsel to a corporation and mediating disputes.

Civil Programs Include: Appellate Litigation Clinic

Business Law Clinic

Civil Externship

Community Health Law Partnership Clinic

Corporate Counsel Externship

Environmental Practicum

• • • • • •

First Amendment Clinic Jane W. Wilson Family Justice Clinic Practicum in Aminal Welfare Skills Public Interest Practicum Mediation Clinic Veterans Legal Clinic Wilbanks CEASE Clinic


Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning Jason Cade addresses students in the Community Health Law Partnership Clinic.

SEMESTER IN PRACTICE PROGRAMS The law school’s Atlanta & Washington, D.C. Semester in Practice programs allow secondand third-year law students to receive course credit while living and working in major urban areas that offer active job markets for graduates. The full-time experience provides our students a fuller encounter with law practice, enhancing opportunities for personal and professional development. Placements include a wide range of offerings, including federal, state and local government agencies, private non-profits and judicial chambers. Students will be provided an opportunity for substantive legal work under a lawyer’s supervision with regular feedback and mentorship from faculty through specially designed coursework. Students also may participate in a Semester in Practice program location other than Atlanta or D.C. with permission. TO LEARN MORE, VISIT


Veterans Legal Clinic Director Professor Alex Scherr (second from left) photographed with three student veterans.

Students practice their advocacy skills during the 1L Closing Argument Competition.





STUDENT EXPERIENCE There are many different ways for a University of Georgia School of Law student to engage with the community and enrich the student experience. SCHOOL OF LAW MENTORSHIP PROGRAM Our law school is proud to offer a unique mentorship program to provide our students with the guidance and support they need during their three years here, and beyond. Each incoming student in the 1L class is matched with an entire mentorship team, including a professional mentor, a peer mentor, a Career Development Office counselor, and a faculty mentor. Mentors are matched with mentees based upon mutual legal interests and areas of study.

Many of these student organizations host their own conferences, community service opportunities, and major events, allowing students to develop leadership skills and build their networks. TO VIEW A LIST OF ALL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS, VISIT

SCHOOL OF LAW VETERANS SERVICES Our law school values military service and is committed


to supporting veterans. The School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic will provide veterans in Georgia with legal assistance they might not otherwise have access to or be able to

SCHOOL OF LAW STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Our students can also join one of the 30+ student organizations on campus, ranging from the First-Generation Student Association, to the Davenport-Benham Black Law Students Association, to the Military Law Society.

Director of Student Affairs Casey Graham (third from left) attends a gala with students hosted by the Stonewall Bar Association, a network of legal professionals dedicated to promoting the interests of the LGBTQ community and their allies.

afford, with particular regard to denied or deferred claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For our

Knowing that financial burdens have an impact on student

incoming and current veteran students, we participate in

wellness, the law school provides the MAX by AccessLex

the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11

financial literacy program for all law students. The program

GI Bill designed to make additional funds available for

is totally free, developed specifically for law students, and

law school tuition and fees. In addition, the School of Law

consists of online modules as well as in-person workshops

offers scholarships targeted to Veterans, known as the

and one-on-one financial coaching with certified financial

Butler Commitment. The UGA Student Veterans Resource

planners. The Law School Student Affairs office works

Center (SVRC) also provides a central location on campus for

with the Disability Resource Center to ensure a welcoming

student support.

academic, physical, and social environment for all law students.


we connect every entering student with a faculty member, career development advisor, upper-level law student, and graduate or friend of the law school. As a result, we are


Through our mentorship program,

First-generation college graduates at the law school have

Our students can take advantage of the on-campus

access to financial and professional resources through the

counseling services offered through the University Health

First Start Scholars Program. The First Start Coordinator

Center’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS). To

guides first-generation college students through the social,

ensure students prioritize wellness, the law school provides

academic, emotional, and financial obstacles in law school.

a CAPS counselor onsite one day a week and covers all fees

Students can also participate in the School of Law First-

when seeking assistance with CAPS outside of the law school.

Generation Student Association, a student organization

fostering relationships that extend far beyond the classroom and often translate into employment or new learning opportunities.

devoted to providing a community for first-generation college graduates in law school. 22





Meet Current Student

ROYA NAGHEPOUR What made you choose The University of Georgia School of Law? With its rank as the best value law school in the country, faculty and administration with distinguished careers who are committed to student success and excellence, an incredibly dedicated and supportive alumni network, including governors, federal and state judges and legislators, and the opportunity to spend three more years in the Classic City—choosing The University of Georgia School of Law was a no-brainer for me.

What have you enjoyed about your experience at the University of Georgia School of Law? The community here is truly unmatched—students, faculty, and staff from all over the country that came to the law school with such diverse interests and experiences to share. You develop this bond with your friends, your sections, and your class from being thrown into this incredibly challenging, life-changing journey together. You get called on together, you laugh together, you spend way too much time in the library together, cheering them on along the way, you tailgate before football games together, you get your first legal jobs together, you outline together, you finish finals together, you are in it all together, and then you do it all over again. It’s fun, it’s hard, it’s exciting, and I hope it doesn’t go by too quickly because it’s the best investment I’ve ever made.

How would you describe the School of Law community? The University of Georgia Law School community is one that will leave you wanting more. This community is genuine, passionate, kind, and committed to its people. I have full peace and confidence that wherever in the world I work, whatever I do, I will have the entire community behind me to root me on every step of the way.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering law school at the University of Georgia? Work hard, be curious, and say yes. This field requires a lot of grit and motivation—what you put in is what you will get out of it. There are so many amazing opportunities here, don’t let them slip by. Ask questions about everything. We all continue to find out new things about law school every day we are in it, no 1L will have any clue what they’re doing, so find comfort in that, and look for answers when you need them. Say yes! Be open to different practice areas and be willing to change your mind, go to every event and panel, and reach out to your professors and alumni. Take advantage of the resources around you that are here to help you grow and succeed.






ATHENS, GEORGIA: THE CLASSIC CITY Located in northeast Georgia, Athens has grown alongside the University of Georgia and its students for the past two centuries.

The Classic City, as it is known, combines southern

Law students might find themselves reading outside on

charm and great weather with a progressive atmosphere

North Campus on a crisp fall day or expending boundless

and a rich art, music and intellectual culture. While life as

spirit with 93,000 loyal fans cheering the Bulldogs to

a law student is busy, Athens offers many opportunities

victory in the famous Sanford Stadium. Others work out

for a study break just a short walk from campus. The law

in the Ramsey Center, a state-of-the-art fitness facility,

school is located in the heart of historic North Campus,

or blow off steam kicking around on the intramural fields

adjacent to downtown’s local restaurants and quirky

or running track. Students meet friends at a local pub or

shops. The area’s entertainment offerings rival those of

a concert venue; grab a coffee in the historic Five Points

much larger cities, and a plethora of activities and events

neighborhood; browse the local shops downtown; or take

cater to a student’s budget.

a relaxing stroll through the State Botanical Gardens.

Law school is a rigorous academic commitment, but in Athens students find a supportive environment with spectacular restaurants, local coffee shops, numerous festivals, a well-rounded music scene, and affordable housing.






Our law school is located walking distance from downtown Athens, home of the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse, Athens City Hall, and the federal courthouse for the Middle District of Georgia.

CONTACT US See what the University of Georgia School of Law has to offer by contacting an Admissions Director at 706-542-7060. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOUSING, DINING, AND THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS, PLEASE VISIT or visit

TAKE OUR VIRTUAL TOUR Can’t make it to Athens? Participate in an online tour at Our interactive map includes photos, videos and 360° views.

“Life as a student at the School of Law was amazing. Less than a five minute walk downtown, there are always fun, affordable activities to do every day with your friends. I consider Athens as a home away from home.” Marcol Harvey (J.D. ’18) Associate, Edenfield, Cox, Bruce & Edenfield 28



Students enjoy a coffee break at the Morris, Manning & Martin Cafe located on the first floor of the law school.

The beautiful Georgia Theatre hosts multiple musical acts, local events, and private parties. Go up to the roof for a great view of campus and downtown!



The School of Law won the national South Texas Mock Trial Challenge. Team members include: (l. to r.) Daniel Lockaby, Lauren Lutton, Robert Harrison and Shanice Echols


EDUCATION IN ACTION ADVOCACY The University of Georgia School of Law’s accomplished Moot Court and Mock Trial programs focus directly on developing critical oral and written advocacy skills. Our team members learn how to write persuasively and how to make convincing oral presentations that will withstand intense scrutiny by the court. Through this incredible practical learning experience, our law students become powerful advocates; amassing 9 national, 6 regional and 3 state titles over the last 5 years. Participating on a Moot Court team provides our students the opportunity to draft briefs and present oral arguments, appear before federal and state jurists, and travel to local, regional, national and international competitions. Our Moot Court program is supported by dedicated faculty members and Moot Court alumni and alumnae who volunteer to judge practice rounds of oral arguments. Members of the law school’s Mock Trial teams deliver opening statements, conduct witness examinations and present closing arguments in the presence of a judge and jury. The Mock Trial program receives strong support from faculty members and Mock Trial alumni and alumnae who dedicate long hours to bench practice rounds, critiquing student arguments and offering suggestions for improvement. This level of support truly benefits our students and helps them to develop the courtroom skills they will need during their legal careers. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WINNING HISTORY OF MOOT COURT AND MOCK TRIAL TEAMS, VISIT

“The Advocacy Program at the University of Georgia School of Law was one of the most practical and challenging experiences

The University of Georgia School of Law recently won the 70th Annual National Moot Court Competition. From left, John Lex Kenerly IV, Jonathan Kaufman, Joseph H. “Joe” Stuhrenberg and Douglas Young, president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which sponsors the National Moot Court Competition.

of my law school career. Through the program, I learned how to confidently advocate for my clients and I was able to further develop and refine my written and oral communication skills. I use these skills every day in my practice when serving my business clients.” Sabrina Cobb, Esq. Managing Partner, Law Office of Sabrina Cobb, LLC 32



NEGOTIATION COMPETITION TEAM Law students participating on the negotiation competition team hone their bargaining, critical thinking, and problemsolving skills and compete on the regional and national level in competitions involving negotiation of transactional matters and disputes. In some competitions, our students also draft complex transactional documents that are the subject of the negotiation. Our teams have captured three national titles in the last four years and earned other significant recognition. TO LEARN MORE, VISIT


The Corsair Law Society fosters opportunities for students pursuing transactional law or corporate litigation practices.

Legal journals provide students the opportunity to enhance legal writing skills beyond the classroom experience. Our students publish three highly regarded journals: •


distinguishing feature of our Business Law and Ethics

The University of Georgia School of Law’s Business

Program is its strong emphasis on business ethics,

Law and Ethics Program provides our students

particularly with respect to the lawyer’s role in advising

significant opportunities to study business law as well

business clients.

as business concepts and ethical issues confronting

court, negotiation skills are

Journal of Intellectual Property Law

state courts, textbooks, treatises and other law reviews, follow the customary format with articles from leading

leverage the law school’s national presence to provide

scholars and practitioners comprising the bulk of the

The program includes practice-based courses,

students with career opportunities across the country. A

content and another section consisting of student notes.

that link legal theory to the practice of law, with a

network of alumni, alumnae, and friends of the law school

Our journal participants can receive academic credit.

particular focus on transactional practice. Experiential

in cities throughout the United States serve as advisers

Previous journal members have gone on to clerk for

learning, through participation in externships and

and advocates for these students. Students also engage in

members of the federal judiciary, practice with the most

clinical experiences and on the school’s negotiation

discussions and learning opportunities with law students,

respected firms in the nation, distinguish themselves in

competition team, is a key element of the program.

business students, and professionals to enhance their

public service, and lead businesses.

Our students have the opportunity, both in and out

understanding of corporate legal matters.

as negotiation, contract drafting, critical thinking, counseling, and creative problem-solving. A

invaluable to the practice of law.”

in pursuing careers in business law. The Society seeks to

of the classroom, to practice essential skills such

overwhelming majority

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

These journals, which are frequently cited by federal and

challenges of a dynamic and global economy.

transactions, and since the of disputes settle out of

achieving students at the School of Law who are interested

students to advise business clients facing the

engage in a variety of

Georgia Law Review

The Corsair Law Society is an organization for high-

today’s business leaders. Our program trains law


“Since business clients

Kate Bell (J.D. ’15) Associate at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP





DEAN RUSK INTERNATIONAL LAW CENTER Named after the former U.S. Secretary of State who taught at the School of Law in the last decades of his career, the Dean Rusk International Law Center has served since 1977 as a nucleus for global research, education, and service. Through its Global Practice Preparation and International Professional Education initiatives, the Center:

Prepares students for 21st century practice through an extensive international, transnational, and comparative law curriculum, advocacy moots, study abroad and global externships at home and overseas Hosts international judges and practitioners who undertake continuing legal education, visiting scholars who conduct research, and foreign-trained lawyers who earn the year-long Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree TO LEARN MORE, VISIT

Kasteel van Arenberg in Leuven, Belgium

Partners in the Center’s efforts include:

The Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center Harlan G. Cohen talks with LL.M. students in the Louis B. Sohn Library. •

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

American Branch of the International Law Association

Georgia Law Project on Armed Conflict & Children

American Society of International Law

Atlanta International Arbitration Society

Global Atlanta

International Committee of the Red Cross

United Nations Academic Impact

World Affairs Council of Atlanta


Other University of Georgia Units, such as the African Studies Institute, the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute, the School of Public & International Affairs, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of History, the Center for International Trade and Security, and the Willson Center for Humanities & Arts Institute of Continuing Judicial Education North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Supreme Allied Command Transformation

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, Belgium




A partnership with the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, located at one of Europe’s top research universities and close to many European capitals, continues our decades-old tradition of summer study in Belgium.

GLOBAL GOVERNANCE SUMMER SCHOOL IN LEUVEN Offered in partnership with the prestigious Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, our Global Governance Summer School continues a fourdecade tradition of summer study in Belgium. Students explore global issues, such as trade and sustainable development, peace and security, trafficking and other crimes, intellectual property, the environment, human rights and the rule of law, and migration. Also featured are professional development trips to leading legal institutions in Brussels, and The Hague. The program is planning on running, pending the loosening of COVID-related travel restrictions.

Opportunities at the Dean Rusk International Law Center Include: •


Courses in international, comparative, transnational, and foreign affairs law, taught by professors acclaimed for their scholarship and global service Study abroad in Leuven, Belgium, and The Hague, Netherlands, full-time externship placements with NATO, as well as Global Externships at offices throughout the world Involvement in high-level conferences and closed-door experts’ workshops on cutting-edge global issues, sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Law Center Advocacy training via the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court and the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competitions Service on the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law, one of the first American journals in the field, or in the International Law Society Scholarly research using an extensive law library collection, which includes the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations and places emphasis on human rights, business law, global governance, and intellectual property Foreign trained lawyers pursuing an LL.M. degree interact with J.D. students in classes and student organizations Networking with alumni and alumnae who practice on all five continents, in myriad subfields of international law and policy Fosters the teaching and scholarship of the law school’s globally recognized faculty, and welcomes experts through the International Law Colloquium as well as lectures and conferences on topics like the laws of war, intellectual property, international criminal justice, international arbitration, and international trade



Our law students benefit from an array of opportunities for on-the-job training for global practice.


Up to 12 weeks during the summer

Over the last 15 years, students have benefited from funded placements at in-house legal departments, nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations, and government offices, in scores of countries on all five continents. Complementing the Global Externship Overseas (GEO) is the Global Externship At-Home (GEA) which provides international law-related externships at offices within the United States. The program is planning on running, pending the loosening of COVID-related travel restrictions.

Previous Placements Include:

Argentina: Clorox Company

Jordan: Tamkeen Fields for Aid

Belgium: No Peace without Justice

Luxembourg: Fererro

China: Han Kun Law

England: Maples Teesdale LLP

France: UNESCO

Germany: Buse Heberer Fromm


Cambodia: Ministry of Art & Antiquities

Ghana: Women in Law and Development in Africa Guyana: Office of the Attorney General India: MV Kini Israel: Legal Unit of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee Italy: PwC

The Netherlands: Open Society Justice Initiative New York: U.S. Court International Trade

the GEO program. It was really interesting to see how another country approaches the law. I think

New Zealand: National Centre for Research on Europe

my GEO experience will help me be

Russia: DLA Piper

innovative in American law in ways I

Samoa: Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme

South Korea: SK E&C

Spain: Araoz & Rueda

Thailand: Boat People SOS

“I am so happy I decided to do

would not have been before my GEO.” Maddie Neel (left, J.D. ’20) Associate at McGuireWoods LLP

United Arab Emirates: Al Tamimi & Co.




CAREER DEVELOPMENT Employers recognize the superior quality of the academic program and student body at the University of Georgia School of Law. Our graduates have an outstanding record of success in the job market. From the moment you enter the School of Law, you will take positive steps towards securing a rewarding legal career. Our Career Development staff will be by your side for the entire journey. All of our career advisors have J.D. degrees and substantial practice experience. We provide individualized advising and coaching to every student to ensure each student has their own specific strategy. We also provide an extensive array of professional development programs, including a 1L Training Program. This series of interactive programs begins during incoming student orientation and helps students develop professional skills and habits students will use to take advantage of the wide range of employment opportunities available to our students and graduates. Programming often includes alumni panels and 3L student panels so 1L students can learn from those who were recently successful in establishing their careers. Much of this content is available in-person and via online media sources. Other programs for first year students include: a mock interview program, seminars taught by experts on job search skills like networking, and practicing attorneys providing advice on how to pursue many different practice specialties and employment settings. Our staff also implements an active employer outreach effort designed to bring employers to campus and post jobs to our job board. TO LEARN MORE, VISIT

“Working to help our law students realize their dreams is the most rewarding part of my job. After 16 years in career development, it remains a huge thrill seeing a student walk up with a smile to tell me they got the position.”

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Sally Quillian Yates (J.D. ’86), former acting U.S. Attorney General, delivered a law school graduation keynote address.









Private Practice







Judicial Clerkships

Business/ Industry




Public Interest






ULTIMATE BAR PASSAGE RATE for 2019 graduates who took the bar within 1 year of graduation



WERE EMPLOYED IN FULL-TIME, LONG TERM JOBS that require bar admission or are J.D. advantage jobs within 10 months of graduation

UNMATCHED INVESTMENT IN YOUR FUTURE Prospective law students understandably ask

Not only does a our law degree carry national

questions not only about their chances of getting

currency, it prepares you for many different

a job but the type of job they will receive. We

careers. While the greatest number of our

strive to be an unparalleled return on investment.

graduates enter private practice (whether at large

A key advantage of our law school is that its relatively low tuition and the affordable cost of living helps keep the costs of attendance manageable. Relative to more expensive law schools, this broadens the range of jobs that graduates can economically manage during the early stages of their career.

paths. The School of Law boasts an excellent record placing students in prestigious judicial clerkships where students spend one or two of graduates go directly into business; in recent years graduates have begun work at businesses like JP Morgan Chase & Co., The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, and McKesson Corporation,

a University of Georgia School of Law degree

just to name a few. Finally, a steady number of

opens doors in a variety of local, national, and

graduates go on to serve their state and country,

international careers. Our alumni work in 50

whether as prosecutors, public defenders,

different states and 58 different countries. For

officers in the Judge Advocate General Corps or

recent graduates, the State of Georgia remains

other forms of public service. Here in particular,

the top choice for employment. Other popular

the combination of a first-rate legal education

markets for graduates include Colorado, Florida,

and a good return on investment pays off –

New York, North Carolina, South Carolina,

graduates can take these jobs without worrying

Alabama, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

about the crippling level of law school debt.

As a School of Law graduate, you are part of a global network of accomplished alumni and alumnae.

years assisting a judge. An increasing number

Beyond being a good return on investment,

Alumni Paul Threlkeld (JD ’01) and Bryan Schivera (JD ’11) participate in on campus interviews hosted by the Career Development Office.


firms or small ones), many embark on different


This ever-expanding, worldwide association of almost 11,000 graduates spans the globe and regularly returns to campus. Our graduates have served as leaders including 11 governors, more than 120 state and federal legislators, and over 80 federal judges and State Supreme Court justices to date. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT

Audrey Boone Tillman (J.D. ’89) presents the 37th Annual Edith House Lecture. Tillman currently serves as executive vice president and general counsel of Aflac Incorporated.

The School of Law regularly invites distinguished alumni and friends back to campus. Pictured with Dean Rutledge are honorees from our fourth annual alumni/alumnae weekend including two former Deputy Attorneys General, Sally Q. Yates (J.D. ‘86), Larry D. Thompson, Board of Regents Chair, Don Waters (J.D. ‘78) and our Young Alumni/Alumnae Award Recipient, Cameron Hawkins (J.D. ‘07).

We introduce students to practicing attorneys so they can quickly develop a professional network.




Meet Alumnus


Which of your law school experiences has benefited you most in your career path? During my time as a student, Georgia Law provided various networking events from law firm visits to the valuable mentorship program that is introduced before the start of firstyear classes. Taking advantage of these resources helped secure great career opportunities for post-graduation.

What types of employment did you secure in law school and after graduation? During my first summer, I worked for a small business firm in Athens and took five credit hours. I spent my second-year summer working with a midsize firm in Atlanta, where I performed a great deal of first-year Associate duties. At the end of my second-year summer, the firm I worked for offered a full-time position. However, before I begin practicing, I will complete a two-year District Court clerkship in the Middle District of Georgia.

What other resources at the School of Law helped you navigate your career path? The best resources are the relationships. They helped me navigate the path I discovered. Also, regarding my clerkship interview, the Career Development Office and Georgia Law Clerkship Committee guided me on how to prepare for the two-hour interview that proved successful. I would encourage every law student to utilize the same resources because they have proven results.

What advice would you give a law student navigating law school/determining their career path? First, I would advise law students to keep an open mind concerning their chosen paths. Very few people know exactly what type of law they want to practice going into law school, and it is perfectly fine not to know until the second or even third year. Also, follow up via phone calls and emails with any alum that makes themself available to you as a resource. The Law Dawg network is strong, and you never know if a networking opportunity could turn into a job. Finally, try and maintain a balance. Law school is difficult and requires much discipline and commitment, but it is also important to maintain an exercise regiment or whatever keeps you mentally and physically healthy. Go Dawgs! JUDICIAL LAW CLERK - U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA







The University of Georgia participates in the William

Federal loan information and application materials may

D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program in which eligible

be obtained by contacting the UGA Office of Student

students borrow from the U.S. Department of Education.

Financial Aid.

These loans are repaid directly to the U.S. Department of Education. All student loans are administered by the University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid. FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LOANS, VISIT:

Dean Bo Rutledge addresses students at the Class of 2021’s New Student Orientation

220 Academic Building Athens, GA 30602-6114 (706) 542-6147 • •

YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM The University of Georgia School of Law is proud to be

FAFSA The first step to borrowing federal student loans is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is used to determine eligibility for need-based financial aid administered by the

a sponsor of the Yellow Ribbon Program in support of our nation’s veterans. The program provides additional assistance to cover tuition and fees. TO LEARN MORE, VISIT:

University of Georgia Office of Student Financial Aid. The application is available online at The priority financial aid application deadline for FAFSA is December 15, 2021.


Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham (center, JD ‘70) with the inaugural class of Benham Scholars.





2021-2022 Tuition & Fees Resident Annual Tuition


Non-resident Annual Tuition*


Annual Fees $2,290

2021-2022 Cost of Attendance Resident Total Estimated Cost of Attendance**

The School of Law stewardship program fosters authentic relationships between scholarship recipients and donors.


Non-resident Total Estimated Cost of Attendance** $58,848 *It is possible for non-residents to pay tuition at the resident rate by the beginning of the second year of law school. In addition the Law School offers some tuition reduction scholarships that allow non-residents to pay the resident tuition rate for one or two semesters of the first year of law school. ** The Cost of Attendance breakdown includes tuition.


School of Law Scholarships Include:

Prospective law students want both a reasonably priced legal education and clear guidance as they embark on a path to realize their professional goals. Our law school helps you achieve both by offering:

Merit scholarship awards ranging from a few thousand dollars to full tuition plus distinguished law fellows, which include full tuition and professional development stipend. Graduate Assistantships

Authentic Scholarships – while scholarships

Enduring Relationships – Our law school’s

Tuition Equalization Scholarships allowing non-resident recipients to pay tuition for the first year of law school at the resident rate rather than the non-resident rate. (See Georgia Residency section below for more information on

offered by some law schools represent little more

stewardship program helps to develop relationships

how to pay in-state rates beyond your first year.)

than “discounts” on tuition, virtually all scholarships

between scholarship recipients and donors. Donors

offered by our admissions office represent true dollars

often become mentors as law graduates embark

donated by alums and friends giving back to the

on their careers.


institution to support the next generation of lawyers and leaders, whether in the form of an endowed

Over 80% of our incoming law students received

scholarship or a gift to the Law School Fund;

scholarships. Scholarships are awarded to admitted


applicants after a review of their admission files.

Many students become Georgia residents for tuition purposes after the

Diverse Scholarships – many of the law school’s

For priority merit scholarship consideration,

first year of law school. If you enroll as a non-resident and you are an

scholarships are based on an assessment of the

applications should be completed and received

independent student, you may be classified as in-state for tuition purposes

student’s academic achievements and potential;

in the Office of Admissions by February 1, 2022.

if you demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that you have

others, however, honor particular experiences or

No separate application form is necessary to be

established a domicile and legal residence in Georgia.

values such as first-generation college graduates,

considered for a School of Law scholarship.

veterans, proven leaders or accomplished athletes;







APPLICATION CHECKLIST Register and take Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Register with LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)

Apply beginning September 1, 2021

Request official transcripts from all college/university


registrars be sent to LSAC Request recommenders send letters of recommendation to LSAC Order Law School Reports from LSAC

A completed School of Law application and all required supporting materials must be received by the School of Law Office of Admissions by June 1, 2022, in order to be considered for admission to the 2022 entering class.

Monitor LSAC/CAS files Submit online application through by February 1, 2022, for priority merit scholarship consideration

For priority merit scholarship consideration, applications should be completed and received in the

Submit online application through by June 1, 2022, final application deadline

Office of Admissions by February 1, 2022.

Pay $50 nonrefundable application fee through Include required supplemental materials, e.g., explanations for “Yes” responses to Character & Fitness

Application Dates

LSAT Dates

September 1, 2021–June 1, 2022:

August 14, 2021

February 12, 2022

Applications accepted for the

October 9, 2021

March 12, 2022

Class of 2025 on

November 13, 2021

April 30, 2022

January 15, 2022

June 11, 2022

December 1, 2021: Early Decision application submission deadline

February 1, 2022: Application submission deadline for priority merit scholarship consideration


questions, resume and personal statement. Include optional supplemental materials, e.g., optional essays.


*The June 2022 LSAT is the last acceptable LSAT score for the 2022 entering class. For LSAT registration information, visit Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

The Early Decision process is designed for students who have considered their law school options carefully and are confident that the University of Georgia School of Law is their clear first choice. Early Decision admission is binding.


Early Decision 2021-2022 Timeline September 1, 2021

Application available on

December 1, 2021

Application submission deadline

December 15, 2021

Application completion deadline

January 31, 2022

Non-refundable Deposit Due


Alumni and Alumnae Chris Bruce (JD ’12), Ryan Scates (JD ’13), Texys Morris (JD ’11), Bill Custer (JD ’86), and Cheryl Fisher Custer (JD ’86) enjoy the School of Law’s Homecoming BBQ.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks with students on law and politics.




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S. Jack Hu Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Jere W. Morehead UGA President

Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge School of Law Dean

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