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Georgia State University (College of Law)

In September 1982, the College of Law began operation on the Georgia State University downtown campus. The college, which offers conventional first-year law courses to both day and evening students, enrolled a first-year class of about 200 students. Second- and third-year classes now complete a student body of about 600 students.

The College of Law makes a quality legal education as accessible as possible, both to traditional students and to the large number of qualified and motivated individuals whose present occupations would prevent them from pursuing a traditional, full-time law program. The College of Law thus maintains, in addition to our conventional program, an affirmative attitude toward part-time law study. The college views the part-time program as an attractive and equally respectable alternative for many applicants. We believe the ability to choose between programs provides students with a flexibility that is an exceptional strength of the college.

With this in mind, our faculty help all of our students gain a knowledge of the law, of legal institutions and of legal processes. This knowledge will become progressively more important to our students' upward movement, both vocationally and avocationally.

Our Mission: The College of Law is committed to providing an excellent, affordable, and distinctive legal education to a diverse student body; to promoting legal scholarship and service that enrich the legal profession and the communities we serve; and to capitalize on the unique environment in which we are located.

Accreditation: The College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

The College of Law's faculty, as thoughtful scholars and enthusiastic teachers, bring a broad range of talents and practical experience to classroom instruction. Our very favorable faculty to student ratio enables us to offer a varied curriculum with many upper-level electives taught in small classes. We encourage you to take a few moments to meet our faculty, as well as those other members of our College's staff who ensure our students receive a world-class legal education.

The College of Law Library is designed and equipped to meet the demanding research needs of today's students, faculty members, staff and members of the legal community. With a collection of more than 137,000 hard-copy volumes and more than 125,000 microform equivalent volumes, the library provides research materials in American, British, Canadian and international law.

Holding 3,500 serial subscriptions, a large treatise collection, federal documents and a considerable legal audio and video collection, the library provides the primary and secondary sources needed for legal research. The college=s online catalog, GIL, accesses both college holdings and materials in other libraries throughout Georgia. Our library users also have access to GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online), which is a system developed under a statewide initiative to improve information access in university libraries in Georgia. GALILEO provides a wealth of specialized electronic sources.

Given the importance of technology in law practice, students learn to access a variety of electronic information sources. In the college's computer lab our students can access word-processing software, legal research databases, computer-assisted instructional exercises, electronic mail, course-related discussion groups and the Internet.

In the required courses in legal research, our highly skilled professional librarians provide students with hands-on instruction for the techniques of electronic and print legal research.

The College of Law’s faculty members, as thoughtful scholars and enthusiastic teachers, bring a broad range of talents and practical experience to classroom instruction. Our highly favorable faculty-to-student ratio enables us to offer a varied curriculum with many upper-level electives taught in small classes.

Examine the components of our comprehensive curriculum and consider the possibilities. You could:
• explore interdisciplinary opportunities through our joint-degree programs in law and public
administration, law and business administration, law and philosophy, law and city and regional planning or law and health administration
• equip yourself for the global information age in courses on intellectual property, computer law, comparative law and international law
• walk a few blocks to the state Capitol, state courts, state governmental agencies, federal courts or the regional headquarters of federal agencies to learn how law is practiced
• train in alternative methods of dispute resolution through the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
• work with real clients in the Tax Clinic and
Criminal Justice Clinic
• take advantage of the ongoing training in
state-of-the-art technology courses offered to all
segments of the College of Law community
• study abroad through our summer programs in Europe and Brazil
• explore the research possibilities of the Internet on the campus that is home to the Meta-Index for U.S. Legal Research.

You’ll also benefit from the diversity of our students, organizations, guest speaker programs, moot court competitions and pro bono service activities. Studying and interacting within a dynamic population of 600 diverse students will add excitement, breadth and meaning to your education, and participating in a variety of student activities can hone your leadership skills and knowledge of legal specialty areas. Employers view our graduates as highly motivated and well-trained for today’s competitive law practice.

The Externship Program seeks to prepare students for the professional, emotional and ethical demands of the legal profession. Through work with governmental agencies, nonprofit public-interest organizations and county, state and federal judges, the program exposes students to a broad range of legal fields, including
alternative dispute resolution, banking law, criminal
law, disability law, environmental law, health law,
immigration law and securities regulation law. The
experience trains externs in lawyering skills, exposes them to law practice and helps instill in them a sense of professional responsibility for their community.
Those selected to participate in the program are
assigned to work with designated individuals, such as judges or staff attorneys, who serve as their mentors. An academic component offered at the College of Law supplements this field experience.

School name:Georgia State UniversityCollege of Law
Address:140 Decatur St.
Zip & city:GA 30303 Georgia

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