Georgia State University College of Law’s programs in environmental law and intellectual property law were highlighted by preLaw Magazine as among the best in the country. The college’s building also was ranked No. 15 for law facilities.
“We are pleased to receive national recognition for these two fantastic programs,” said Wendy F. Hensel, dean and professor of law. “Our top-notch faculty and competitive curriculum prepare students to practice at the highest levels in these fields upon graduation.”
Georgia State Law was one of 12 schools to receive an A+ from the publication in the field of environmental law.
“The A+ ranking is an honor that reflects the growing international attention that our Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth is achieving,” said Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08), assistant director for the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.
In addition to various environmental, urban and land use law courses, Georgia State Law’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth advances interdisciplinary dialogue and research on urban growth and management issues. Through the center, students have an opportunity to explore the myriad issues affecting urban areas, and experience first-hand the legislative, regulatory and judicial actions affecting planning and growth management.
“Georgia State’s robust environmental law program, featuring interdisciplinary and comparative law courses, study abroad opportunities, and specialization through the Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law, enables students to connect classroom learning to complex environmental and growth management issues facing metropolitan regions around the world,” Johnston said.
The center also publishes the Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy, a tool for lawyers, planners, policy-makers and scholars working on metropolitan growth issues with an interest in learning how other cities tackle similar issues. Read across 116 countries, the journal provides exciting publication and editorial experiences for students.
The Intellectual Property program ranked among 68 law schools preLaw selected, earning a B+. Georgia State Law established the Center for Intellectual Property in 2015 to bring together academic and professional communities in the area of intellectual property law. The center offers a variety of program and initiatives, including the Certificate in IP Law program and the IP Law Society Mentorship Program.
Recognizing the amount of time students spend in law buildings, preLaw also rated the top 20 law school buildings based on aesthetics, square footage per student, available parking, library hours and seating, technological features and amenities. Georgia State Law ranked 15 overall. The magazine noted its modern look, large assembly spaces, public gathering spaces and outdoor garden terrace.