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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

6000 College of Law


In September 1982, the College of Law began operation on the Georgia State University downtown campus. The college, which offers conventional first-year law courses to both day and evening students, enrolled a first-year class of about 200 students. Second- and third-year classes now complete a student body of about 675 students.

The College of Law makes a quality legal education as accessible as possible, both to traditional students and to the large number of qualified and motivated individuals whose present occupations would prevent them from pursuing a traditional, full-time law program. The College of Law thus maintains, in addition to our conventional program, an affirmative attitude toward part-time law study. The college views the parttime program as an attractive and equally respectable alternative for many applicants. We believe the ability to choose between programs provides students with a flexibility that is an exceptional strength of the college.

With this in mind, our faculty helps all of our students gain knowledge of the law, of legal institutions and of legal processes. This knowledge will become progressively more important to our students’ upward movement, both vocationally and avocationally.

The College of Law is committed to providing an excellent, affordable, and distinctive legal education to a diverse student body; to promoting legal scholarship and service that enrich the legal profession and the communities we serve; and to capitalize on the unique environment in which we are located.


The College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.


  • Admissions: Suite 150, 85 Park Place NE, 404-413-9200
  • General Information: Front Desk, 85 Park Place NE, 404-413-9000
  • Law Library: Fifth and Sixth Floors, 85 Park Place, NE, 404-413-9100
  • Career Services: Suite 150, 85 Park Place NE , 404-413-9070
  • Office of the Dean: Suite 402, 85 Park Place NE, 404-413-9035



Wendy F. Hensel, dean and professor of law

Associate Deans

  • Lisa Radtke Bliss, associate dean of experiential education and clinical professor of law
  • Jessica Gabel Cino, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law
  • Timothy Lytton, associate dean for research and faculty development and professor of law
  • Kris Niedringhaus, associate dean for library and information services and associate professor of law
  • Kelly Timmons, associate dean for student affairs and associate professor of law

Assistant Dean

  • Ely Abbott, assistant dean of development
  • Dawn Gamadanis, assistant dean for administration and finance


  • Wendy Reiser Cromwell, director of communications
  • Cheryl Jester-George, senior director of admissions
  • Lyn Rogers Knapp, senior director of Center for Professional Development & Career Services
  • Terrance Manion (J.D. ‘03), director of technology
  • Ken Walsh, director of administrative services

Academic Calendar

The College of Law observes an academic calendar different from the academic calendar observed by Georgia State’s other colleges and schools as follows To view the College of Law’s Academic Calendar, visit insidelaw.gsu.edu/academic-calendar/.

Admission and Program Requirements

Admissions policies, program policies and requirements, and financial aid resources for the College of Law are maintained at law.gsu.edu/admissions/. Visit the site for further information on the College of Law, or review the College of Law Bulletin at law.gsu.edu/experiential-learning/academics/bulletin-policies/.

The At a Glance page can be found at: law.gsu.edu/home/about/at-a-glance/.