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John Marshall Law School, Atlanta, Georgia
by Akbar Ali
The requirements for admission to John Marshall are the standard law school requirements, though the school does admit college seniors who will have received their undergraduate degrees by the time they matriculate into law school. Transfer, visiting, and international students are also invited to apply to John Marshall, though different rules govern the admission and enrollment process for each group.
A full 88 semester credit hours are required to graduate, and with the current rate of $930 per credit hour, law students can expect to pay a minimum of $81,840 for their legal education at John Marshall. This figure does not include additional living expenses, estimated at $17,930. Tuition for full-time students currently runs to $27,900 per academic year, which covers 30 credits. Part-time student tuition totals $22,320 for 24 credits.
John Marshall offers only one degree to aspiring law practitioners: the traditional J.D. degree. This may be achieved in three ways: over three years as a full-time student or over four years as a part-time day or evening student.
For the 2006-2007 academic year, John Marshall had a total of 477 enrolled students. A slight majority were female (240 to 237), with almost a full third of students being of minority backgrounds. The school had 25 full-time faculty members and 22 adjunct professors. Its student-full-time faculty ratio was 13.9:1.
The school's bar passage rates vary significantly from semester to semester, with only 40% of first-time takers passing in the winter of 2006 but 75% passing in the summer of 2007. John Marshall has an average passage rate of 70.7% for first-time bar exam takers, compared to Georgia's 84.7% state passage rate for first-time takers.
The school boasts of an impressive 96% placement rate among graduates, the vast majority of whom elect to stay in Georgia. Almost half find gainful employment with Atlanta law firms, while the next-largest proportion take up government and non-legal business and industry positions. John Marshall intends to apply for full accreditation with the ABA as soon as possible.
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