Letter from the Dean

August 17, 1993

The world has recently seen dynamic changes in technology, global economics, environmental awareness, and competition for business that affect most legal employers. Legal employers seek a cost-effective strategy to identify and hire law students and graduates with strong credentials who can respond to these new challenges. The University of Georgia School of Law continues to offer employers a rich pool of well-prepared students who excel in the traditional practice areas, and we also graduate attorneys trained in precisely those new legal specialties where critical needs have developed.

The University of Georgia has long been proud of the law student body's high admission credentials (LSAT scores are currently within the top 10% nationally), and the strength of its litigation, transactional and international law curricula. While maintaining excellence in these areas, we have sought to distinguish the law school through our advocacy skills training and focus on intellectual property law. Within the last three years Georgia has won world and national championships in international law moot court competitions and a national title in the National Moot Court Competition, commenced publication of the nation's first general Intellectual Property Law Journal, and continued publication of the Journal of International and Comparative Law. There are plans to institute an environmental law clinic where students can practice environmental law, under supervision, prior to graduation. Finally, construction of the five-million dollar Dean Rusk Center for International Law should soon begin. I encourage you to carefully consider University of Georgia law students and am confident you will find them well suited to meet your employment needs.

Edward D. Spurgeon, Dean