Goal Five: Adapt and Lead in Rapidly Changing Markets

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Take active steps to understand and anticipate the significant changes affecting legal education, the markets in which we operate and their impact on the College of Law.

As acknowledged previously, legal education operates in a very different world today from even a few short years ago. There have been significant changes in the practice of law, the job market for new legal professionals, law school admissions and the financing of law school programs. While Georgia State Law is well positioned to weather this changing environment, our faculty and staff nevertheless must explore and embrace creative new approaches to ensure our continued ability to fulfill our mission and move forward as a highly successful and engaged public law school.

Develop a legal practice roundtable consisting of College of Law representatives, students and bar leaders to advise the law school on a regular basis on trends in law practice, the delivery of legal services, new forms of lawyer jobs, emerging industries and lawyer competencies.
Employ new strategies to enhance job placement and empower students to navigate career opportunities
Hiring trends have shifted, and job placement strategies that worked in the past will no longer be sufficient to ensure that our graduates have meaningful employment opportunities. We will enhance our career placement practices, empower students to seek out job opportunities, strengthen our alumni networks and aggressively seek out new markets for legal graduates to expand our students’ options for employment.
Employ new recruitment strategies in response to the changing admissions market. Hiring trends have shifted, and job placement strategies that worked in the past will no longer be sufficient to ensure that our graduates have meaningful employment opportunities. We will enhance our career placement practices, empower students to seek out job opportunities, strengthen our alumni networks and aggressively seek out new markets for legal graduates to expand our students’ options for employment.

To remain competitive in these challenging financial times, we will be creative in finding new sources of revenue that are consistent with our educational mission and leverage our existing strengths and programs. Toward this end, we will aggressively identify new opportunities to generate revenue in ways that support and enhance the law school’s mission. We will diversify our programmatic offerings beyond the J.D. program and explore the potential of a variety of arrangements, including professional development opportunities, degree programs for non J.D. professionals, conference hosting and distance learning.

Goal One: Prepare Students for Success

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Goal Two: Enhancing Scholarly Contributions

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Goal Three: Serve as a Dynamic Hub

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Goal Four: Increase Global Awareness for Graduates

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