Even though sometimes people underestimate our student population of 8,300 and our location in little Macon, Ga., Mercer University has been preparing leaders who make a difference in their profession since 1833.
Mercer has more than 60,000 alumni who not only live throughout the United States but also in over 70 different countries around the world.
Our school aims to generate a culture of high aspiration and success in any field. And believe it or not, there is a big number of Mercer graduates who are recognized throughout the country for being outstanding in their fields.
Nancy Grace, host of the popular legal analysis program on Headline News, graduated from Mercer Law School in 1984. She has received two awards from The American Association of Women in Radio and Television for her Court TV show. The television program Law and Order often has featured stories based on Grace; she even appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on May 22 of 2007.
As of 2006, she is part of Mercer University’s board of trustees and adopted a section of the street surrounding the law school.
H. Terrell Griffin earned degrees in history and law, graduating in the top ten of his class and serving as an editor of the Mercer Law Review on 1968. He is the author of three best-selling mystery novels: Longboat Blues (2005), Murder Key (2006), and Blood Island (2008). The last one made the American Booksellers Association’s national bestseller list for December 2008.
William Augustus “Gus” Bootle, was an American attorney and jurist noted for fighting segregation in the Southern United States. He was a brother of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1924 and from Mercer Law School in 1925. Bootle, ordered the first admission of an African-American to the University of Georgia in 1961 and the federal courthouse in Macon, is named in his honor.