After opening its doors in August 2012, Savannah Law School is proud to announce that the American Bar Association (ABA) voted to recognize the school as an approved branch of the fully approved Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. The positive vote gives Savannah Law School all the privileges that come with full approval and grants Savannah Law School graduates eligibility to sit for the bar in any American jurisdiction. This announcement was especially welcomed by the law school’s inaugural class who will graduate in spring 2015.
The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE) as the accrediting agency for programs that lead to the Juris Doctor degree. A school seeking accreditation must demonstrate that it is in substantial compliance with all of the ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools. On December 5, 2014, the ABA concluded that SLS is in substantial compliance with each of the standards and it became an approved branch of the fully approved Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.
Since its inaugural class in August of 2012, Savannah Law School has grown in size and diversity. With 64% of the 2014 entering class joining the law school from out of state, Savannah Law School’s national reputation is growing along with the school. The faculty includes internationally recognized scholars, a former White House counsel, and practitioners who create a learning environment where students receive the training necessary to be practice-ready upon graduation. Upon receiving the news, Vice Dean Rose Anne Nespica remarked: “What a wonderful gift to present to our students at this time of year. This was a complete and total collaboration at all levels: faculty, staff, and students. Everyone should be proud.”
Aside from academics, the law school was committed to providing a suitable facility where this learning could take place. The law school is located in the historic Candler building on Forsyth Park in the heart of Savannah, Georgia. It provides the opportunity for legal education to both traditional and non-traditional students who show promise of making positive contributions to the profession, legal system or society and is dedicated to preparing highly skilled, ethical, and professional lawyers who possess a strong social conscience.