School of Law welcomes its newest students


The School of Law proudly welcomes approximately 225 students who are starting work on their Juris Doctor, Master of Laws and Master in the Study of Law degrees. The School of Law prides itself on providing a first-rate legal education and being counted among the best returns on investment in legal education today.

There are 194 members of the J.D. Class of 2022. These students come from a variety of backgrounds and are pursuing the traditional three-year law degree. Eighteen are first-generation college graduates, while five are military veterans. Approximately 20 percent self-identify as belonging to a minority group. Collectively, these J.D. students hail from 20 states, and they studied at 70 undergraduate institutions.

Eighteen students from 14 countries on five continents comprise the LL.M. (Master of Laws) Class of 2020. This one-year degree is primarily for foreign-trained lawyers seeking international and comparative knowledge to enhance their practice. This accomplished group includes two Fulbright Scholars, two founders of public interest organizations, experienced corporate attorneys, non-governmental organization professionals and a university lecturer.

M.S.L. (Master in the Study of Law) students are those who are looking for a greater understanding of the legal system as it intersects with their professional interests. These 13 students include professionals from law enforcement, business, sales and government relations as well as paralegals, legal assistants and recent college graduates. Notably one student is a veteran, and one is a first-generation college graduate. They will study in Athens, Atlanta or a combination of both locations.

All School of Law students are prepared to become the legal leaders of tomorrow by world-class scholars and thought leaders. Connecting students to a range of professional development and service opportunities - such as judicial clerkships, fellowships, research assistantships, externships, and study/work abroad programs as well as an accomplished moot court and mock trial program, three legal journals and 17 experiential learning programs - is central to the school's mission.

The School of Law is excited to welcome these students to the UGA School of Law community and to help prepare them to find their path benefiting state and society.

All statistics as 8/15/19.