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    Georgia (Macon) -- Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University -- Accreditation: Full ABA -- Year Founded: 1873
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    The Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University, founded in 1873, is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and is the second oldest of Mercer's eleven colleges and schools. The School of Law, with approximately 420 students, is located in Macon, Georgia on its own campus one mile (1.6 km) from Mercer's main campus. The law school building, one of Macon's most recognizable sites, is a three-story partial replica of Independence Hall in Philadelphia and is located on Coleman Hill overlooking downtown Macon.

    In May 2010, Mercer University president William D. Underwood announced Gary J. Simson, former dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, as the new dean of the Walter F. George School of Law effective July 1, 2010. Simson is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School.

    The School of Law enrolls approximately 420 students and has a faculty of 34 full-time professors and 33 adjunct professors. The school awards the Juris Doctor and a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration in conjunction with Mercer's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics. The school publishes the Mercer Law Review, the oldest law review in Georgia, and the Journal of Southern Legal History.

    The School of Law has one of the largest law school endowments, valued at more than $90 million, in the United States. The endowment was the sixteenth largest in 2000 with the eleventh largest per-student value, over $220,000, and the fourth largest per-student value when adjusted for cost for living, almost $500,000.

    Accreditation and rankings

    The School of Law has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1923 and has been fully accredited by the American Bar Association since 1925.

    In the 2010 edition of its law school rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranks Mercer in Tier 3 with schools ranked 101 through 137 of the nation's 184 accredited law schools. The same edition ranks Mercer's legal writing program first in the nation. The legal writing program has been ranked first or second since US News & World Report began the speciality ranking in 2006. The program was ranked first in 2006 (tied with one other school), second in 2007, and first in 2008 and 2009.

    Why Mercer Law School

    Proven Heritage

    Founded in 1873, the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. The Law School is named after Walter F. George, a 1901 Mercer Law School graduate who became a justice of the Georgia State Supreme Court and later a U.S. Senator.

    With an enrollment of about 440 students, Mercer Law School is one of 11 schools and colleges of Mercer University, which has been listed among the top institutions of higher education in the nation. Mercer Law School is also home of the National Criminal Defense College, the Legal Writing Institute, and The Journal of Southern Legal History, and is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, public service, and professionalism and ethics.

    Contact us by phone:
    478.301.2605 (Local)
    800.342.0841 (Inside Georgia)
    800.MERCERU (Outside Georgia)




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