The University of Georgia School of Law, founded in 1859 by Joseph Henry Lumpkin, Thomas R.R. Cobb and William Hope Hull, has long been regarded as the leader in legal education for the state of Georgia. Ten of Georgia's governors and more than 30 of her U.S. senators and representatives have been alumni; currently, alumni lead all branches of Georgia's state government. In addition to being accomplished public servants, UGA graduates are also successful lawyers, business leaders and public interest advocates in 47 states, Puerto Rico and many foreign countries.

Former Governor Carl E. Sanders (J.D. '48) summed up the school's commitment to success as the groundbreaking of the law library in 1964: "The people of Georgia want and deserve nothing short of the best. The University of Georgia School of Law is, therefore, to be one of such excellence that no citizen of Georgia need ever leave the state because a superior legal education is available elsewhere."

Sanders' words made such as impression that they were etched into the outer wall of the law library where they serve as a perpetual reminder of the University of Georgia's continuing pursuit of excellence.