University of Georgia School of Law

University of Georgia School of Law Prepare. Connect. Lead. The UGA School of Law is one of the nation's top law schools, offering a great return on investment for its three degrees - the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law.

Prepare. Connect. Lead. The University of Georgia School of Law is regarded as one of the nation's top law schools. We offer the Juris Doctor degree (J.D.), the Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) and the Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) all within a welcoming community in a charming locale. The challenging curriculum and experienced professors dedicated to teaching the theoretical foundations of law and providing hands-on experience make it an excellent choice for your legal studies.

11/11/2019
UGA School of Law Veterans Legal Clinic

The UGA School of Law remains dedicated in its pledge to support veterans. The Butler Commitment now guarantees financial aid to every veteran who matriculates during the 2019 and 2020 years, while the Veterans Legal Clinic assists veterans in securing benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for a range of causes including invisible injuries like PTSD. These are just two ways the law school honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served - and those who continue to serve - our country.

This video offers a glimpse of the important work performed in the Veterans Legal Clinic.

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11/08/2019
Making an Impact: Stacey Godfrey Evans Scholarship

National First-Generation Celebration day gives the School of Law a chance to highlight its ongoing efforts to support first-generation college graduates like Trevon Smith (J.D.'17), the inaugural recipient of the Stacey Godfrey Evans Scholarship, which was created to benefit students who are the first in their families to attend college.

The University of Georgia School of Law has received a $500,000 gift to create the Stacey Godfrey Evans Scholarship for first-generation college graduates at...

11/08/2019
Student Success & Scholarship Impact

Being the best return on investment in legal education and supporting first-generation college graduates — like Tyler Mathis — is central to the UGA School of Law’s mission of preparing future leaders and connecting them to opportunities to serve state and society. We are pleased today — National First-Generation Celebration day — to share Tyler's story.

Being the best return on investment in legal education and supporting first-generation college graduates – like Tyler Mathis – is central to the University o...

Congratulations to School of Law alumna Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, who was confirmed to the Delaware Supreme Court. A 200...
11/07/2019

Congratulations to School of Law alumna Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, who was confirmed to the Delaware Supreme Court. A 2006 graduate of the law school, she currently serves as a vice chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery. Montgomery-Reeves makes history as the first African-American elected to Delaware’s highest court.

The law school community was pleased to recently unveil the portrait of Timothy C. Batten Sr., a 1984 graduate of the Sc...
11/06/2019

The law school community was pleased to recently unveil the portrait of Timothy C. Batten Sr., a 1984 graduate of the School of Law. Batten currently serves as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, and previously worked as a trial lawyer. He also serves as the instructor-in-residence for the law school’s Atlanta facility and exemplifies our mission – Prepare. Connect. Lead. – through his professional and personal accomplishments. Congratulations!

Several of the School of Law’s Distinguished Law Fellows recently had the opportunity to meet with alumnus David Dove ...
11/05/2019

Several of the School of Law’s Distinguished Law Fellows recently had the opportunity to meet with alumnus David Dove (J.D.’14), who currently serves as executive counsel for the Office of Governor Brian Kemp. The Distinguished Law Fellows program offers students an unparalleled educational experience including a full-tuition scholarship, externships, guided research experiences and opportunities to meet some of the country’s top legal leaders.

The School of Law was pleased to co-host the 2019 Ethics Week Lecture this afternoon, featuring Ashley Watson. A 1993 gr...
11/04/2019

The School of Law was pleased to co-host the 2019 Ethics Week Lecture this afternoon, featuring Ashley Watson. A 1993 graduate of the law school, Watson joined Johnson & Johnson in 2018 as the chief compliance officer and head of the Johnson & Johnson healthcare compliance organization. This lecture was also part of the university’s Signature Lecture Series.

Congrats to 3Ls Thomas Paris and Georgia Turner, who defeated a team from the University of Florida to win the annual Fl...
11/01/2019

Congrats to 3Ls Thomas Paris and Georgia Turner, who defeated a team from the University of Florida to win the annual Florida/Georgia-Hulsey/Gambrell Moot Court Competition in Jacksonville. The long-running courtroom battle is traditionally held before the Georgia-Florida football game. The School of Law's win brings its record in the competition to 24-11-2.

Proud to announce that for the sixth consecutive year, our graduates achieved the highest bar examination passage rate f...
10/29/2019

Proud to announce that for the sixth consecutive year, our graduates achieved the highest bar examination passage rate for first-time takers in the state of Georgia for the July sitting. This achievement closely follows the School of Law’s recent back-to-back ranking as the best value in legal education in the country. http://law.uga.edu/news/52313

The First-Generation Student Association recently hosted Stacey Godfrey Evans (J.D.’03), who spoke as part of the grou...
10/28/2019

The First-Generation Student Association recently hosted Stacey Godfrey Evans (J.D.’03), who spoke as part of the group’s Practitioner Perspectives Series. Evans is a partner with Wargo French in Atlanta and previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011-17. The Practitioner Perspectives Series was created to provide students the opportunity to learn from the experiences of some of the School of Law’s most accomplished first-generation law school graduates.

The School of Law recently named several spaces in Hirsch Hall after members of our legal community. They include the G....
10/25/2019

The School of Law recently named several spaces in Hirsch Hall after members of our legal community. They include the G. Sanders Griffith III Concourse on the first floor, the Professor Sharon “Nyota” Tucker Admissions Suite on the second floor and the Epps, Holloway, DeLoach & Hoipkemier Advocacy Suite on the third floor, as well as the Maureen A. Cahill Reference Desk in the Alexander Campbell King Law Library.

We were pleased to host the Law School Association Council, led by 2006 graduate M.J. Blakely, last week for a meeting.
10/24/2019

We were pleased to host the Law School Association Council, led by 2006 graduate M.J. Blakely, last week for a meeting.

Two School of Law students – 3Ls John Lex Kenerly and Addison Smith – received special permission to present oral ar...
10/22/2019

Two School of Law students – 3Ls John Lex Kenerly and Addison Smith – received special permission to present oral arguments before the Georgia Supreme Court today. Kenerly and Smith are part of the law school’s Appellate Litigation Clinic.

The School of Law's Public Interest Practicum has been selected as the 2019 Group Recipient of the State Bar of Georgia ...
10/21/2019
Public Interest Practicum to receive state bar Access to Justice Award | www.law.uga.edu

The School of Law's Public Interest Practicum has been selected as the 2019 Group Recipient of the State Bar of Georgia Law School Excellence in Access to Justice Award. The practicum was recognized for increasing access to justice, providing high quality, innovative legal solutions and exposing the “lawyers of tomorrow the ideals of pro bono publico and professionalism.”

Home › News & Events › Public Interest Practicum to receive state bar Access to Justice Award Public Interest Practicum to receive state bar Access to Justice Award Thursday, October 17, 2019Public Interest Practicum to receive state bar Access to Justice Award The School of Law's Public Interes...

We are pleased to announce that, thanks to gifts from a diverse array of supporters, the UGA School of Law is creating a...
10/18/2019
UGA School of Law creates endowed scholarship in support of LGBTQ diversity | www.law.uga.edu

We are pleased to announce that, thanks to gifts from a diverse array of supporters, the UGA School of Law is creating an endowed scholarship in support of LGBTQ diversity.

Home › News & Events › UGA School of Law creates endowed scholarship in support of LGBTQ diversity UGA School of Law creates endowed scholarship in support of LGBTQ diversity Friday, October 18, 2019UGA School of Law creates endowed scholarship in support of LGBTQ diversity Athens, Ga. – Thank...

The School of Law was pleased to host King & Spalding Partner Phyllis Sumner recently. Sumner serves as the firm’s chi...
10/16/2019

The School of Law was pleased to host King & Spalding Partner Phyllis Sumner recently. Sumner serves as the firm’s chief privacy officer and leads its data, privacy and security practice. She spent her time on campus teaching a mini-course on cybersecurity as part of the law school’s commitment to connecting our students with leading figures in law, business and public service.

Congratulations to second-year law students Ian L. Kecskes and Shelby J. Bensinger for winning the 2019 J. Melvin Englan...
10/14/2019

Congratulations to second-year law students Ian L. Kecskes and Shelby J. Bensinger for winning the 2019 J. Melvin England Mock Trial Competition. Many thanks to finalists Victoria T. Hicks and Blake A. Reed and the other competitors for contributing to a wonderful tournament!

Back-to-back! The UGA School of Law has been named the best value in legal education in the country by National Jurist f...
10/09/2019
UGA law school named best return on investment for the second year in a row | www.law.uga.edu

Back-to-back! The UGA School of Law has been named the best value in legal education in the country by National Jurist for the second year in a row. These rankings are based on outcome-driven metrics such as bar passage and employment rates in addition to average indebtedness, tuition and cost of living. http://law.uga.edu/news/52238

Home › News & Events › UGA law school named best return on investment for the second year in a row UGA law school named best return on investment for the second year in a row Wednesday, October 9, 2019Athens, Ga. – For the second year in a row, the University of Georgia School of Law has been ...

The Kellie R. Casey Scholarship, which was created thanks to a gift from the law firm Epps, Holloway, DeLoach & Hoipkemi...
10/08/2019

The Kellie R. Casey Scholarship, which was created thanks to a gift from the law firm Epps, Holloway, DeLoach & Hoipkemier, LLC, honors Casey, who has led the law school’s storied advocacy program for 19 years, and is awarded to a law student with a demonstrated interest or achievement in advocacy. This fall the inaugural recipient of this scholarship was named – third-year student Will Ortiz. Congratulations!

Law Dawgs! The extended registration deadline for the 29th Annual School of Law Homecoming BBQ ends this Friday. Registe...
10/07/2019

Law Dawgs! The extended registration deadline for the 29th Annual School of Law Homecoming BBQ ends this Friday. Register now at https://t.uga.edu/53n. (Note: the event will begin 2.5 hours before kickoff, which is to be determined.)

Part of what makes the UGA School of Law so special is the authentic relationships that are built within our community. ...
10/04/2019

Part of what makes the UGA School of Law so special is the authentic relationships that are built within our community. Several of our students had a great time at a recent mentor/mentee event hosted by Greenberg Traurig in Atlanta. Our innovative mentorship program matches each student with a 4-person team consisting of a faculty member, a fellow law student, a Career Development Office counselor and an alum/professional mentor. http://law.uga.edu/mentorship-program

Congratulations to Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Programs Jenna Jackson for being selected as a 2019 Ge...
10/03/2019

Congratulations to Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Programs Jenna Jackson for being selected as a 2019 Georgia Trailblazer by the Daily Report.

This honor for being an "agent of change" recognizes Jackson for her leadership in the creation of the law school's Benham Scholars Program, which seeks to enhance diversity in the legal profession by recruiting students from underserved parts of the state to study law at UGA.

We are looking forward to welcoming prospective Law Dawgs to our open house on Oct. 9. The School of Law is proud to be ...
10/02/2019

We are looking forward to welcoming prospective Law Dawgs to our open house on Oct. 9. The School of Law is proud to be considered the best return on investment in legal education as we seek to provide first-rate legal training and connections to thought leaders and opportunities to serve state and society. For registration and details, see https://t.uga.edu/5j5 .

The deadline for registration for the 29th Annual School of Law Homecoming BBQ has been extended to Oct. 11.  Register n...
10/01/2019

The deadline for registration for the 29th Annual School of Law Homecoming BBQ has been extended to Oct. 11. Register now at https://t.uga.edu/53n!

In celebration of Cleveland Chair & Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Lonnie Brown's book "Defending the Public's E...
09/30/2019

In celebration of Cleveland Chair & Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Lonnie Brown's book "Defending the Public's Enemy: The Life and Legacy of Ramsey Clark" (Stanford University Press, 2019), a panel discussion will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, featuring Brown and guest speakers Bruce Green, the holder of the Stein Chair in Law and Director of the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham University School of Law, and W. Bradley Wendel, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Cornell Law School.

LAST DAY to register for the 29th Annual School of Law Homecoming BBQ at t.uga.edu/53n! Hope to see you on 10/19 sportin...
09/27/2019

LAST DAY to register for the 29th Annual School of Law Homecoming BBQ at t.uga.edu/53n! Hope to see you on 10/19 sporting your best red and black!!

The School of Law proudly hosted U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Adalberto Jordan and Georgia Supreme Court Justice Sarah Wa...
09/26/2019

The School of Law proudly hosted U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Adalberto Jordan and Georgia Supreme Court Justice Sarah Warren earlier this month. Jordan taught a course titled “Persuading the Judge and Jury,” while Warren spoke with students about her career path and the benefits of public service.

As part of UGA's Signature Lecture Series, tomorrow the law school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center will host Stev...
09/25/2019
NATO @ 70: The Rule of Law Alliance | www.law.uga.edu

As part of UGA's Signature Lecture Series, tomorrow the law school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center will host Steven Hill, the legal adviser and director of the Office of Legal Affairs at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Hill will examine the North Atlantic Treaty’s successes in meeting the collective security needs of its members, assessing the interplay of international law and other international and regional organizations with NATO’s mission. He will also address contemporary challenges facing the alliance and look forward to adaptations necessary for NATO’s future success as the organization celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. http://law.uga.edu/events/51580

Home › Event Calendar › NATO @ 70: The Rule of Law Alliance NATO @ 70: The Rule of Law Alliance Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pmLocation: Classroom A (120), Hirsch HallThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, is a pro...

The School of Law will create a First Amendment Clinic thanks to a $900,000 gift from the Stanton Foundation, an organiz...
09/23/2019
UGA law school creates clinic to focus on First Amendment issues | www.law.uga.edu

The School of Law will create a First Amendment Clinic thanks to a $900,000 gift from the Stanton Foundation, an organization established by former television broadcasting executive Frank Stanton.

The clinic will support First Amendment rights by focusing on regional cases involving free speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly and petition. It will also enhance law students’ understanding of the First Amendment and serve as a resource for organizations, students, journalists and citizens defending and advancing First Amendment issues.

Home › News & Events › UGA law school creates clinic to focus on First Amendment issues UGA law school creates clinic to focus on First Amendment issues Monday, September 23, 2019UGA law school creates clinic to focus on First Amendment issuesFunded by the Stanton Foundation, the law school laun...

The law school in recent years has placed a strong emphasis on assisting its students who are the first in their familie...
09/19/2019

The law school in recent years has placed a strong emphasis on assisting its students who are the first in their families to attend college, and the First-Start Scholars Program – created by a lead gift from 1982 alumna Kathelen V. Amos and the Daniel P. Amos Family Foundation – began awarding scholarships this fall, with 1L Roya Naghepour being named the inaugural First-Start Scholar. She will receive a partial-tuition scholarship and a professional development stipend.

Proud of our thought leaders for being quoted in The New York Times on three separate issues in the last week. Callaway ...
09/18/2019

Proud of our thought leaders for being quoted in The New York Times on three separate issues in the last week. Callaway Chair Elizabeth Chamblee Burch spoke about the possible criminal liability of the Sackler family relating to the Purdue Pharma opioid litigation, Callaway Chair Emeritus Ron Carlson was quoted regarding Georgia's Stand Your Ground law and Assistant Professor Lindsey Simon shared her views about bankruptcy relating to the proposed Purdue Pharma opioid settlement. http://law.uga.edu/news-events

Congratulations to Hosch Associate Professor Kent Barnett, who has been appointed to the Administrative Conference of th...
09/17/2019
Barnett appointed to Administrative Conference of the United States | www.law.uga.edu

Congratulations to Hosch Associate Professor Kent Barnett, who has been appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States as a public member, serving a two-year term. ACUS is an independent federal agency dedicated to improving the administrative process through consensus-driven applied research and providing nonpartisan expert advice and recommendations for federal agency procedures. Its membership is composed of senior federal officials, academics and other experts from the private sector. Barnett is one of 40 public members and one of approximately 25 academics in the conference.

Home › News & Events › Barnett appointed to Administrative Conference of the United States Barnett appointed to Administrative Conference of the United States Tuesday, September 17, 2019Hosch Associate Professor Kent Barnett has been appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United State...

As one of the more than 90 students who answered the call of public service this summer, second-year student Christopher...
09/16/2019

As one of the more than 90 students who answered the call of public service this summer, second-year student Christopher Summers shared this about his experience:

"The work I did at my fellowship placement with the Walton County Public Defender’s Office this summer was rewarding and helped solidify my desire to do criminal litigation work. I had the opportunity to witness a variety of court proceedings and was lucky enough to observe two jury trials over the summer. Additionally, I gained crucial research and writing skills and was able to frequently interact with clients both at the jail and in the courtroom. My experience helped me gain confidence in my ability to advocate for clients and prepared me for the Criminal Defense Practicum in which I am currently enrolled."

As one of the more than 90 students who answered the call of public service this summer, third-year student Caitlin Felt...
09/12/2019

As one of the more than 90 students who answered the call of public service this summer, third-year student Caitlin Felt shared this about her experience as a John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellow:

“I had a fantastic experience this summer and I am so thankful for the opportunities afforded me by my fellowship. I was able to work in Durham, North Carolina, at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. I participated in voting rights litigation, settlements and advocacy work. I learned so much about substantive election and civil rights law and gained needed skills like taking depositions, filing discovery motions and accurately placing policies in their historical context. I learned from my supervisor, who has argued two cases before the Supreme Court and learned about her trial preparation. I got the chance to work in a small, community-based lawyering group. I enjoyed many parts of my experience, but one stand-out experience was seeing the immediate impact on the organization when a high-profile SCOTUS case was returned. I was unaware of the ways that advocacy and impact litigation interconnected before. Relocating out of state and working for a small, non-paying non-profit would have been impossible if not for the John Paul Stevens Fellowship.”

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