New Law School Opening in Savannah by August

New Law School Opening in Savannah by August

SDN Staff Report

Dec 8, 2011 - Atlanta's John Marshall Law School announced today that the American Bar Association's (ABA) Council on Legal Education and Admissions has approved its application to open a branch campus in Savannah beginning next Fall 2012.

The school will be named the Savannah Law School (SLS), and the new campus will provide traditional and non-traditional students an opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to enter the profession well-equipped and ready to practice law, according to Richardson Lynn, who will serve as Dean of SLS as well as dean of John Marshall. The classes will being in August 2012.

Students will be able to earn a Juris Doctor in either a full-time or part-time program, attending either during the day or in a part-time evening program.

Financial aid and merit-based scholarships will be available.

Beginning next week on Dec. 15, students can apply via smart phone/tablet at or on the internet at

The school's organizers are targeting an enrollment of 95 students for the 2012-2013 academic year made up of 60 full-time and 35 part-time students.

SLS will announce faculty and staff opportunities and the site location in early 2012, Lynn said today, and will immediately pursue provisional ABA-accreditation.

"There is a natural connection between Savannah and John Marshall, which operated a branch campus in the city in the 1970s and 1980s," said Lynn. "Both campuses share in the mission to prepare professional lawyers who possess a strong social conscience, who continually demonstrate high ethical standards, and who are committed to improving both the legal system and society as a whole."

More than 20 colleges and universities in the region will serve as feeder schools for SLS's full-time program, including Armstrong Atlantic State University, College of Coastal Georgia, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia Southern University, Savannah State University, South Georgia College, Middle Georgia College, South University, the Savannah campus of Georgia Institute of Technology and several others, added Lynn. Additional feeder schools located only a couple of hours from Savannah in South Carolina and Northern Florida will also help to generate students, he believes.

And, SLS's part-time evening program will be ideal for area doctors, retired military, paralegals, law enforcement and others interested in pursuing a legal education, Lynn adds.

"With the new Savannah Law School, students from the Savannah area and throughout the Atlantic Coastal Region can begin their legal careers closer to home," Lynn said. "And students from around the country and the world can live and learn in a community rich in culture, heritage and southern hospitality."

More than 1,500 lawyers and judges in the area and in all of the courts, county district attorney and public defender offices, legal aid organizations and lawyer pro bono efforts suggest a substantial need for law students for externships and law clerk jobs, he states, where they would work with clients, assist lawyers and judges, and gain invaluable practical experience.

Mayor Otis Johnson stated today that he welcomes the announcement. "We are proud to welcome Savannah Law School to our community and know - based on the quality of attorneys John Marshall has produced - the type of legal professionals which will exit with their degrees. In addition to skilled attorneys, the City of Savannah will benefit greatly from the law school's presence in terms of job creation and economic growth."


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