4 out of 5 Stars
Affordable; practical; great professors; great programs; connected in Atlanta and SoutheastDowners
Not as prestigious as other schools in the Southeast; a lot of part-time students.Comments
I chose Georgia State because it was affordable and offered a ton of experiential opportunities and internships. Can't beat being in downtown Atlanta and able to intern part-time at courts, firms, etc.Would You Recommend
Class quality is excellent. Class size varies greatly depending upon whether or not the course is required and whether or not it is tested on the BAR. Overall class size was appropriate with many opportunities to take smaller classes in specialized areas of study. The have an excellent Litigation program and are beginning to offer more hands courses with an emphasis on law practice. They have several study abroad opportunities and they coordinate a trip to Europe with a focus on International Law and International Commercial Arbitration. The grading is tough as is the workload but it is manageable.Quality of Life
There is a lot of crime on and around campus- a lot of armed robberies and thefts committed by non-students against students and their property on campus and near by. Safety is always a concern when walking to your car at night, especially for women. They are in dire need of a new facility and a dedicated law building. (They have began building a new facility but it is not finished yet.)
The biggest complaint is however the severe lack of adequate parking. Finding a place to park for students who commute by vehicle everyday is always a challenge. The decks are small and make parking a large SUV or truck horrendous. Most of the parking decks are poorly designed with narrow paths, small spaces, tight and difficult turns, and worst of all-- No elevators. This is really bad when walking back up 5 to 6 flights of stairs with a heavy load of books.
Overall I was very satisfied with life at the school other than the complaints above.Admissions
Cannot remember any unique application questions. The school requires applications to be submitted through LSAC.Level
Outstanding blend of theory and practical study. It isn't a "versus" situation; the student gets both. Great academic advisors. Full and part time students blend/ attend across day and night classes so there is a real focus on how points of law apply and affect the real world. Even first year class sizes are small. The student body, at least when I was there, was not extremely competive. We were more collabrative, forming study groups, sharing notes, coaching one another. I think this is because most of the population was older and had extensive work experience.Quality of Life
It is an urban campus in a major southern city. It is an adult school, with a student pool focused on getting an education.Admissions
The pool of applicants is large because of the cost/benefit ratio of the tuition. The class sizes are small. The professors outstanding. The application is based upon LSAT scores, of course, but work experience is also evaluated.
Small classes, Socratic method, competitive, notable faculty, faculty took attendance at classesQuality of Life
LSAT, application process with essays
Overall excellent program but needed more focus on practical studies.Admissions
I began law school in 1986 so I don't remember alot about the admission process.
Professors vary in their "Socratic" approach - most ask you basic questions about a case and if you can't answer, they may ask you to think about it, then move on and ask others if you cannot, while others hardly use the socratic method much at all. At least one of my professors is very socratic, and can call you out on your answer, making you squirm in your seat, but it does motivate you to learn the material or have some answer ready rather than zoning out in class. You get to like it and he is actually probably my favorite professor because he gets the concepts across very clearlyLevel
much emphasis on practical - faculty was amazing - and they have actually practiced law (not just theoretical). Many author nutshells - my Georgia civil procedure professor is often quoted in Georgia Supreme Court Opinions. Incredible experience! Also student body is a mix of older and younger students, so it is much more varied and people have a more diverse approach in calss. Also important to me was the emphasis the faculty placed on making world a better place thru the law - as a result I do significant pro bono work in family law (rec'd an award for it last year from the State Bar of Georgia) in addition to my patent practiceQuality of Life
I already lived in Georgia so did not move.Admissions
LSAT, application but the admittance rate is very low compared to other GA schools because GSU COL has a very reasonable tuition rate
They're excellent. All classes are very well rounded. Plus, Julian Juergensmeyer is THE go-to guy for land use and growth management, Charity Scott is tops when it comes to health law, and no one teaches corporate law better than Ellen Taylor.Quality of Life
The GSU College of Law is in the middle of a truly urban university, with all the good and bad that comes with it. Thankfully, for Atlanta, that means mostly good. Cost of living is very reasonable, the campus is very accessible via all modes of transportation, the facilities are always clean and appealing, the library is top-notch, and the same is true of the library, moot courtrooms, computer labs, and gym (which is right next door), and students and faculty are always pretty pleasant to be around.Admissions
It was comprehensive.
Lots of clinics and externships provide great practical experience.
Students are very helpful with one another.
Workload is managable.
Classes are very good. Professors are great!
Academic advising is advertised but seems to not be available.
Health law program is exceptional.Quality of Life
The law library is public and that is annoying.
Downtown atlanta is just a business center.
The campus gym is amazing.
Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, and Einsteins bagels on campus!Admissions
Essay and LSAT required.
No in person interview.
Admissions director is very accessible and will meet with you.Level
Very high quality professors, great balance of theory and practical studies, mostly smaller classes, tough grading, Socratic method used by many, but not all professors. The school does a great job of turning out lawyers who know how to practice law. The student body includes a very large percentage of people who have had other careers and life experiences (bankers, teachers, real estate brokers, etc.), so they brought a lot of information to class discussions. .Admissions
LSAT, transcripts, application, not many scholarship opportunities, student loans available