“Georgia State University College of Law promotes an innovative, equitable, and inclusive vision of the law through high-quality, accessible education, impactful research, and service to our communities.”
Goals & Purpose
The primary purpose of the College of Law is to establish and maintain an educational program in law leading to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. The program is designed for the benefit of students who meet the requirements for graduation by study on a full- or part-time basis, and who, upon the satisfactory completion thereof, will be qualified academically to sit for the bar examination in the U.S. jurisdiction(s) of their choice, and subsequently be admitted to the bar and authorized to practice law in such jurisdiction(s).
Throughout the years, the College of Law has expanded its educational offerings beyond the Juris Doctor degree. This includes the legum magister (“LL.M.”) degree and development of interdisciplinary degree programs with other colleges in the university system.
With respect to interdisciplinary programs, the college offers the following:
- Accelerated B.S. or B.A./J.D. (with the Honors College)
- Dual J.D./M.B.A. (with Robinson College of Business)
- Dual J.D./M.P.A. in accounting (with Robinson College of Business)
- Dual J.D./M.B.A./M.H.A. in Health Administration (with Robinson College of Business)
- Dual J.D./M.P.A. in Public Administration (with Andrew Young School of Policy Studies)
- Dual J.D./M.P.P. in Public Policy (with Andrew Young School of Policy Studies)
- Dual J.D./M.P.H. (with the School of Public Health)
- Dual J.D./M.C.R.P. in City and Regional Planning (with Georgia Institute of Technology)
- Dual J.D./M.S.A (Data Analytics with Robinson College of Business)
As noted above, the College of Law also offers a graduate program for lawyers beyond their first professional degree leading to the legum magister (LL.M. or “master of laws”) degree. The college’s bar-track LL.M. program offers a prescribed curriculum qualifying a non-U.S.-trained lawyer to take the bar examination and be authorized to practice law in Georgia (and, where permitted, other jurisdictions in the United States). The college also offers other LL.M. programs for both non-U.S.-trained and U.S.-trained lawyers. Additional information on specific LL.M. concentrations is available in the LL.M. section of this bulletin.
The College of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Georgia State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees.
The downtown Atlanta location is a core part of the College of Law’s identity and strength. Atlanta is unique in its centrality to federal, state, and local governments. The college enjoys proximity to the state capitol and many city, county, state, and federal governmental offices, including courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies. The Atlanta community also is home to a large and diverse group of private law firms and businesses. These institutions provide a wealth of opportunities for our students, both as learning environments and as potential employers after graduation.