The Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the country, founded in 1873. It was among the earliest ABA-approved law schools, gaining accreditation in 1925. The Law School's innovative Woodruff Curriculum, a comprehensive approach to teaching practical skills and professional ethics, has received the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association for its "depth and excellence" and "obvious commitment to professionalism."
The Law School occupies a self-contained Colonial Revival campus, overlooking , just a mile down College Street from Mercer's Main Campus.
Through the generous support of alumni and friends, the Law School's endowment currently exceeds $80 million, which is by far the largest in Georgia and gives Mercer one of the top 15 law school endowments in the country. This financial strength enables the Law School to provide generous scholarships, including the competitive Woodruff Scholarships; small classes; personal attention; outstanding faculty; a superior law library containing more than 280,000 volumes and 2,900 serials; and extensive co-curricular activities, including the Mercer Law Review, the oldest in Georgia, and the Journal of Southern Legal History. Mercer Law School students have consistently competed successfully at various national moot court competitions.
Through the years, the Law School has consistently produced outstanding lawyers, such as Judge William A. Bootle, whose landmark decision integrated the University of Georgia; Judge Griffin B. Bell, former United States Attorney General under President Jimmy Carter; Cathy Cox, Georgia Secretary of State; and Justice Hugh P. Thompson of the Georgia Supreme Court. Many other Law School graduates have achieved national prominence and/or serve with leading law firms in Atlanta and around the country.
The curriculum emphasizes small classes, a progression in the course of study, and a unique sixth semester designed to facilitate the transition from student to lawyer.
The only law school to offer a certificate in legal writing, Mercer requires all students to have an intensive legal writing course in four of their six semesters. The strength of these programs is evident in the successes of Mercer's Moot Court teams in national and state competitions.
The faculty consists of 30 full-time and a limited number of adjunct professors trained at the nation's leading law schools, with practice experience in prominent law firms and government agencies. Faculty members typically remain active in their practice specialties.
The Mercer Law School offers a juris doctor degree, or a joint juris doctor/master's of business administration degree; in addition, a certificate in advanced legal writing, research and drafting may be obtained.
More than 80 percent of Mercer law students receive some form of financial aid. Mercer Law School's deadline for receipt of financial aid applications is April 1. Applicants should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after Jan. 1.
Mercer University School of Law
Office of Admissions
Macon, Georgia 31207
(478) 301-2605, (800) 342-0841 Inside Georgia
(800) 637-2378 Outside Georgia