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Savannah Law School

Savannah Law School
Established 2011
Type Private
Dean Malcolm L. Morris
Students 122[1]
Location Savannah, Georgia, USA
Campus 516 Drayton St. Savannah, Georgia 31401
Website .org.savannahlawschoolwww

Savannah Law School is a small, boutique law school located in [2] Housed in the historic Candler building, directly across from Forsyth Park, Savannah Law School offers both full-time and part-time enrollment for the juris doctor (J.D.) degree.[3]


The law school was first opened by Atlanta's John Marshall Law School in the 1970s, but the campus was discontinued in the 1980s. The American Bar Association acquiesced to law school’s re-establishment as a branch of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School on December 5, 2011 and the class of 2015 enrolled in August 2012.[4] As a branch of the fully ABA accredited AJMLS, Savannah Law School's graduates are considered graduates of an ABA accredited law school.[5]


Savannah Law School

Savannah Law School is housed in the historic, former Warren A. Candler Hospital building on [6] The building served as both a Confederate and Union hospital during the Civil War. Several tenants occupied the building sporadically from 1980 until 2009.

In 2012, the Historic Preservation Board approved Savannah Law School's comprehensive restoration of the 110,000 square foot facility and the restoration meets federal historic preservation standards.[7] The renovations were completed in the fall 2014 and cost nearly $20 million. The renovations represent one of the largest projects to restore an historic property in the United States.[8]

The Candler Oak Tree is also located on the campus. In 2004, the Candler Oak was placed on the National Register of Historic Trees and at approximately 300 years of age is thought to be one of the oldest living landmarks in the region. The Savannah Tree Foundation holds a conservation easement to the tree and helps care for the tree along with the law school.[9] The law school adopted the tree as its logo.[10]


Savannah Law School's pedagogy is predicated on creating an active learning environment. As opposed to a passive learning environment where large classes sizes favor a lecture style classroom, Savannah Law School's small class sizes are designed to facilitate in-depth conversation and hands on learning. This teaching style has been found to allow students to dive deeper into the material and bridge the gap between the theory and practice of law.


Savannah Law School has an 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.[11] The first-year section sizes are roughly half the size of many law schools with only 30 to 40 students per section. The median LSAT for the entire 1L class is a 151; however, the median LSAT for the full-time program is a 153 and the part-time program is a 149.[12] 21% of the 2014 entering class are minorities, 17% are military veterans, and 71% are women, and 64% are from out-of-state.[13]


Admission to the law school is selective and admissions decisions are made by the SLS Admissions Committee. Savannah Law School runs on a rolling admissions basis and applications may be submitted through the Law School Admissions Council by using school code 5344 (application located within Atlanta's John Marshall Law School's LSAC profile).[14]

Relationship to AJMLS

Savannah Law School is a branch of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. The American Bar Association defines a branch as "the creation of a different law school."[15] Accordingly, Savannah Law School has its own faculty, curriculum, library, externship opportunities, career development, and academic achievement office separate from AJMLS. In addition to the full offering of services at Savannah Law School, SLS students can also utilize AJMLS resources such as taking classes in Atlanta, contacting the AJMLS alumni, and pursuing career opportunities. The relationship between AJMLS and SLS is similar to that of a large university and it's Honors College.

Savannah Law Review

The Savannah Law Review is an academic [16] In September 2014, the Savannah Law Review hosted the (Re)Integrating Spaces colloquium to celebrate the historic renovations at the law school and featured national scholars and local practitioners. [17] The colloquium discussed the parallel themes of historic preservation and transformation, as well as a societal sense of place, space, and meaning within the law.[18]

Student Organizations

Students attending Savannah Law School may participate in a diverse array of independent student organizations. These groups range in scope and cover such interests as cultural diversity, academic, recreational, professional, networking opportunities, etc.[19] Student groups include:

Distinguished Faculty

  • Vinay Harpalani, Race-conscious University Admissions scholar[20]
  • Kellyn McGee, Ethics and Professionalism expert[21]
  • Elizabeth Megale, "Stand Your Ground" expert[22]
  • Marc Roark, Property and Secured Transactions scholar[23]
  • Caprice L. Roberts, Remedies and Federal Jurisdiction scholar[24]
  • Judd Sneirson, Sustainable Business Law scholar[25]
  • Andrew McCanse Wright, Former Associate White House Counsel to President Obama[26]


  1. ^ "ABA Required Disclosures". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
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  3. ^ "Savannah Law School Degrees Offered". Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  4. ^ Hansen, Mark (13 December 2011). "Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School to Launch Savannah Branch". ABA Journal. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
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  6. ^ "The Old Candler Hospital Becomes The New Savannah Law School". WSAV. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  7. ^ Van Brimmer, Adam. "Historic Board blesses Savannah Law School plans". Savannah Morning News. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  8. ^ Savannah Law School. "Savannah Law School Facilities". Savannah Law School. Savannah Law School. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  9. ^ "Candler Oak Conservation Easement". Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  10. ^ Savannah Law School. "Savannah Law School Facilities". Savannah Law School. Savannah Law School. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  11. ^ "School Profile". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "School Profile". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "School Profile". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  14. ^ "Admissions Process". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  15. ^ "Standard 105". American Bar Association Section on Legal Education. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "National Conference of Law Reviews". National Conference of Law Reviews. National Conference of Law Reviews. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Savannah Law School celebrates old Candler Hospital renovations". Savannah Morning News. Savannah Morning News. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "Savannah Law Review to Host Colloquium, [Re]Integrating Spaces". Savannah Law School. Savannah Law School. 
  19. ^ "Student Organizations". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Vinay Harpalani". Social Science Research Network. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Kellyn McGee". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Elizabeth Megale". Savannah Law School. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "Roark Stepping into Faculty Lounge". The Faculty Lounge. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Roberts from West Virginia to Savannah". The Faculty Lounge. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "Judd Sneirson". Social Science Research Network. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "Andrew McCanse Wright". Just Security. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 

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