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Georgia State University College of Law has been ranked the best value law school in the United States.
The University of Georgia School of Law has been ranked second-best. So among the "Top 20 Best Value Law Schools" ranked by The National Jurist's, Georgia law schools dominate?!
What are they feeding those students in the deep South?
If we were talking college football, top-ranking would be a natural for Georgia. But what's up with the law schools? What makes them such a bargain?
The Atlanta Business Journal says the rankings are based on a number of factors: tuition; student debt; bar pass rates; employment opportunities. Georgia State "rocked the house across the board" with an average student debt below $65,000, an 88 percent bar pass rate and an employment rate of more than 82 percent.
"This recognition confirms what we have always known -- Georgia State Law is a leader in student-centered legal education," said Wendy F. Hensel, interim dean and professor of law.
The University of Georgia is right behind its in-state rival with comparable stats. However, it edges Georgia State in cost-of-living.
And that factor sets the southern law schools -- along with other top 20 --apart from the rest this year. With the University of Florida coming in third best value, the top three offer a lower cost-of-living than most.
When it comes to law school values, cost-of-living is always a factor. The most expensive schools often are located in the most expensive states, such as California and New York.
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