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University of Georgia School of Law
Established 1859
School type Public
Location Athens, GA, US
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USNWR ranking 36
Annual tuition
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University of Georgia School of Law is located in Athens, GA

The University of Georgia School of Law is an American Bar Association-accredited law school located in Athens, Georgia on the campus of the University of Georgia (UGA). Formerly known as the Lumpkin School of Law and founded in 1859, it is the second oldest of the University's schools and colleges and one of the oldest public law schools in the United States. The University of Georgia School of Law is currently ranked 34th by U.S. News and World Report rankings of public and private law schools. Its founders were Joseph Henry Lumpkin, William Hope Hull, and Thomas R. R. Cobb.[1]


The law school was created in December of 1859 and was originally located in the Ivy Building, which is now the south wing of the Hunter-Holmes Academic Building. The school was not open during the 1866-1867 school year due to the death of Joseph Lumpkin and the delay in naming his successor.[2]

After continuing to grow, the law school moved in 1925 into the former Athenaeum Club building on the northeast corner of Broad Street and Lumpkin Street. The club previously served as the social club of the local Elks Club and was eventually deeded to UGA and named the the Andrew J. Cobb Law Building, the namesake of a deceased UGA trustee that had also served on the Law Building Fund Committee.[3]

The school remained in the Cobb Building until the Harold Hirsch Law Building was erected in 1932.[2] Harold Hirsch Hall was greatly expanded in 1967 with a large addition that expanded library and added several classrooms, common areas and offices. In 2002, the Law School was renovated to provide internet access and additional classroom space.[1]

Notable alumni

Graduates of the law school number more than 8,200 and include 11 governors, in excess of 35 U.S. and state senators and representatives and scores of federal and state judges, prominent attorneys and corporate leaders.[4] On two occasions, University of Georgia School of Law alumni have simultaneously headed all branches of state government: the last occasion was in 2002, when Roy Barnes was Governor, Norman S. Fletcher was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, Tom Murphy was Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives and Mark Taylor was President of the Georgia Senate.


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