During the past thirteen years that I have served as Dean of The University of Georgia School of Law, I have especially enjoyed my interaction with the students. Having the opportunity to discuss with them the daily challenges they face in attending law school and their professional aspirations after the completion of their formal legal education was particularly gratifying. As one of my last remaining official duties before I step down from the deanship in July, I take great pleasure and pride in introducing in this directory the Classes of 1988 and 1989 of The University of Georgia School of Law. The 1988 graduating class, 210 students selected from 1,549 applicants, entered the Georgia Law School in the fall of 1985 with a mean undergraduate grade point average of 3.34 and an average Law School Admission Test score of 38 (84th percentile). Our second year class (Class of 1989), 209 students selected from 1,640 applicants, entered Georgia in the fall of 1986 with a mean undergraduate grade point average of 3.26 and a median Law School Admission Test score of 38 (84th percentile). The selectivity of our admissions standards and the entering qualifications of our students combine to assure competence in these students, who then participate in a rigorous course of study.

This course of study, a comprehensive program in legal education, includes a carefully planned curriculum, taught by legal educators whose national and international reputations rest on their instruction, scholarship and service. Our students themselves conduct research and study in a Law School Library ranked among the top twenty-five in the nation as defined by the 1986 ABA Review of Legal Education. To broaden their education, many of these students participate in clinical programs that include prosecution, legal aid, legal writing for publication, and trial preparation, and they become involved in organizations that offer practical experience in and a respect for our legal system.

We welcome your inquiries about these students, encourage you to utilize our placement services, and invite you to visit the University of Georgia School of Law at your earliest convenience.

J. Ralph Beaird Dean