Exactly two years after opening its doors, Savannah Law School (SLS) has received accreditation by the American Bar Association (ABA) as an approved branch of the fully approved Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.
On December 5, 2014, the ABA’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar notified SLS that the law school was approved for accreditation as a branch of Atlanta’s John Marshall. As an accredited law school, SLS students are now eligible to sit for the Bar exam in any state, the same as graduates of any other ABA approved law school. This announcement was especially welcomed by the law school’s inaugural class who will graduate in spring 2015.
The academic success of its students has always been a priority for the administration and faculty as they underwent a rigorous approval process which included multiple site visits to ensure compliance with all ABA standards. In addition to ABA-required site visits, SLS developed a curriculum, hired top-ranked faculty, and established policies and procedures needed to properly maintain a law school.
Aside from academic and policy development, the law school was committed to providing a facility suitable for its students to learn and interact. In 2012, SLS purchased and began renovating the historic Warren Candler Hospital for its campus. The 110,000 square-foot building is located across from Savannah’s famed Forsyth Park. Today, renovations are nearly complete as the law school community enjoys newly finished classrooms, an administrative suite, conference rooms, a courtroom, and a law library.
A vision that began with the law school’s former dean and Dean Emeritus, Richardson Lynn, has come to fruition under SLS’s new dean, Malcolm L. Morris.
As the law school celebrates a historic achievement, the focus of Savannah Law School remains providing traditional and non-traditional students an opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to enter the profession well-equipped and ready to practice law.
Questions concerning ABA accreditation may be directed to:
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
American Bar Association
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