Founded in 1873, Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and was the first law school in the state of Georgia to be accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law is located in Macon, Georgia, approximately 80 miles south of Atlanta. The school’s proximity to Atlanta provides all the opportunities of an international city within a short distance.
Mercer Law’s total enrollment is approximately 440 students and is the home of the National Criminal Defense College, the Legal Writing Institute, and The Journal of Southern Legal History. The school is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in moot court, public service, and professionalism and ethics and has achieved national recognition in various ways, including in recent years:
· Legal Writing Program – In the U.S. News rankings of legal writing programs, Mercer often has finished at #1 in the nation and has consistently finished in the top three. In addition to the two legal writing courses that every student must take, Mercer offers upper-class students the opportunity to enroll in the nation’s only certificate program in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting.
· Job Placement – in March 2013, the American Bar Association released employment data showing that Mercer ranked 25th among the nation’s more than 200 law schools in the percentage of the Class of 2012 who, nine months after graduation, were in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar admission.
· LL.M. in Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure – This past academic year was the inaugural year for Mercer Law’s one-year, LL.M. degree program in federal criminal practice and procedure – a degree program available nowhere else in the country. Although enrollment in the degree program is limited to individuals who have already earned their J.D., students in Mercer’s J.D. program may take up to two courses in the LL.M. program and apply the credits toward their J.D. degree.
Students at Mercer Law enjoy small class sizes, a faculty committed to the individual success of every student, and an uncommon degree of individual attention. While enrolled, students take advantage of numerous externship opportunities and enjoy the supportive community and culture of Macon and surrounding areas. Overall, Mercer Law offers its students the opportunity to live and learn in a setting that values hard work, collegiality, and public service. For more information, please visit www.law.mercer.edu.
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