Goal Three: Serve as a Dynamic Hub

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Serve as a dynamic hub that engages diverse communities for the advancement of law and public policy.

Consistent with our mission as a public law school in Georgia, the College of Law is committed to enhancing public awareness of, and access to information about the law and legal services. The new building, centrally located in downtown Atlanta, provides an unparalleled opportunity to further this mission. Aided by the design of a flexible-use conference center and the support of dedicated staff, we will create a welcoming environment that encourages education, interaction and synergy among all of our constituencies.

The potential of the College of Law’s new facility should be exploited to the fullest. The College of Law will draw on the strength of its faculty, students, staff and alumni, as well as relationships with the bar to develop educational programs for the profession, the university and the public. Our building will serve as a legal “public square” where our academic, legal and civic communities expect to gather for conferences, meetings, lectures and conversations about the law-related issues of our times. These efforts will bring together legal practitioners, scholars and policymakers to serve the legal needs of the public and to expand our students’ options for public service.
To become a dynamic hub, the College of Law must develop an engagement capacity with our communities that extends virtually beyond the scope of our new physical space. Toward that end, aided by a strong technology and communications team, Georgia State Law will leverage its investments in digital technology and augment its online communications strategies as a complement to the formal programming and hub concept described above. Through such engagement, for example, the college could provide the public with timely background on contemporary legal controversies and insights from faculty scholarship. It could also help the public find information about common legal questions and links to legal services provided through our clinics or community partners.
As a public law school in an urban area, we are mindful of our responsibilities to assist those who do not have ready access to justice and the services of legal professionals. We will explore and develop new ways of assisting this population by continuing to develop our legal clinics and other courses, supporting and expanding our student, faculty and staff pro bono activities, facilitating our student organizations’ engagement with the community, and evaluating the potential for non-J.D. professional law programs.
The College of Law will augment the efforts of the legal and business communities to promote Atlanta as a favored destination for international commercial dispute resolution. We will develop partnerships with the Atlanta Arbitration Society, the metro and state Chambers of Commerce, the city of Atlanta, other law schools and dispute resolution service providers to promote the use of this space for arbitrations and mediations. We will leverage this effort to obtain prominence as a center for teaching and scholarship in dispute resolution.
Georgia State Law alumni generally graduate with strong positive feelings toward their law school and their peers. Their annual fund participation of 20 percent to 25 percent reflects this reality while also suggesting there are significant opportunities for greater alumni engagement with the College of Law. All of our alumni have experienced the college as a space-limited commuter venue that offers little ability to connect with their alma mater because of its physical identity. The new building, attractively designed for students and the community, gives us an opportunity to change the way we reach out to our alumni and use the facility to inform alumni identity.
The College of Law will develop a comprehensive plan for alumni engagement in light of the new facility. We envision an expansion of opportunities for alumni to participate in law school life on campus, working with students as adjuncts, on law school programs and the like. We will also develop a plan for increasing alumni networks in the population centers where we have a significant alumni presence, and in substantive areas of practice, such as our existing Intellectual Property Advisory Board and our Graduate Health Law Network, where there is considerable alumni interest.

Goal One: Prepare Students
for Success

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Goal Two: Enhancing Scholarly Contributions

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Goal Four: Increase Global
Awareness for Graduates

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Goal Five: Adapt or Lead in
Rapidly Changing Markets

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