Dean’s Message

Law school challenges every academic and personal skill you have.  Nothing can be more rewarding and frustrating, frequently on the same day.  Those of us who teach law school see the dramatic growth in confidence and ability in our students during their legal education. The Savannah Law School offers a practical, skills-based curriculum, dedicated and accessible professors, and an inspiring mission—all in an historic, handsome city.   The study of law is hard work no matter where you attend law school, but it’s nice if your life outside the classroom takes place in a setting like Savannah. The singer, John Mellencamp, said, “I don’t mean to insult anybody’s town. I’ve been everywhere, and the most beautiful town in America is Savannah, Georgia.”

Another careful observer said, “The exceptional quality and professionalism of the lawyers and judges in southeast Georgia should be reflected in an equally excellent law school.” Who was that careful observer? Oh, that would be me. But, truth is my defense. There are unparalleled opportunities for law students to learn from these great lawyers and judges. No law school competes with Savannah Law School in this region for meaningful externships, clerkships with practicing lawyers, and the chance to serve in public agencies and public interest law organizations.

We provide a rigorous, high quality program of legal education that produces competent and ethical lawyers who are dedicated to serving people, especially in underserved communities. We intentionally instill in our students a sense of obligation to the community and to the legal profession — an obligation to pursue justice, rather than mere personal gain, and to improve society, rather than to solely advance personal ambition. Whether our graduates remain in law practice, become judges, enter public service, or succeed in business, these rich values stay with them.

The Savannah Law School is also strongly committed to training non-traditional students, working adults, and others whose best chance of attending law school is a part-time program. That makes it a tough four years, rather than three, but the character and motivation of part-time law students is inspiring.

Even if you ultimately attend another law school, I wish you the best in your legal career. I hope you live by the ideals of the Savannah Law School, no matter where you practice. Please contact me if I can answer any questions. Good luck!

Richardson R. Lynn
Dean and Professor of Law