Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School today announced that the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Council on Legal Education and Admissions has approved its application to open a branch campus in Savannah, Ga., for Fall 2012. Named the Savannah Law School (SLS), the new campus will provide traditional and non-traditional students an opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to enter the profession well-equipped and ready to practice law.
- Classes begin August 2012;
- Students can earn a Juris Doctor in the full-time and part-time day or part-time evening program;
- Financial aid and merit-based scholarships will be available;
- Beginning Dec. 15, 2011, students can apply via smart phone/tablet at m.savannahlawschool.org or on the internet at www.savannahlawschool.org/apply;
- Target Enrollment for 2012-2013: Total, 95; full-time, 60; and part-time, 35;
- SLS will announce faculty and staff opportunities and the site location in early 2012; and
- SLS will immediately pursue provisional ABA-accreditation.
“There is a natural connection between Savannah and John Marshall, which operated a branch campus in the city in the 1970s and 1980s,” said Richardson Lynn, dean of John Marshall and SLS. “Both campuses share in the mission to prepare professional lawyers who possess a strong social conscience, who continually demonstrate high ethical standards, and who are committed to improving both the legal system and society as a whole.”
More than 20 colleges and universities in the region will serve as feeder schools for SLS’s full-time program, including Armstrong Atlantic State University, College of Coastal Georgia, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia Southern University, Savannah State University, South Georgia College, Middle Georgia College, South University, the Savannah campus of Georgia Institute of Technology and several others.
Additional feeder schools are located only a couple of hours from Savannah in South Carolina and Northern Florida. SLS’s part-time evening program will be ideal for area doctors, retired military, paralegals, law enforcement and others interested in pursuing a legal education.
Region can begin their legal careers closer to home,” Dean Lynn said. “And students from around the country and the world can live and learn in a community rich in culture, heritage and southern hospitality.”
Lynn added the more than 1,500 lawyers and judges in the area and in all of the courts, county district attorney and public defender offices, legal aid organizations and lawyer pro bono efforts suggest a substantial need for law students for externships and law clerk jobs where they would work with clients, assist lawyers and judges, and gain invaluable practical experience.
“We are proud to welcome Savannah Law School to our community and know – based on the quality of attorneys John Marshall has produced – the type of legal professionals which will exit with their degrees,” Savannah Mayor Otis S. Johnson said. “In addition to skilled attorneys, the City of Savannah will benefit greatly from the law school’s presence in terms of job creation and economic growth.”