In addition to the J.D., the law school offers the LL.M. and S.J.D. Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; a maximum of 6 credits may be applied. The following joint degrees may be earned: J.D./M.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in judaic studies), J.D./M.B.A. (Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration), J.D./M.Div. (Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity), J.D./M.P.H. (Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health), J.D./M.T.S. (Juris Doctor/Master of Theological Studies), J.D./Ph.D. (Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy in religion), and J.D./REES (Juris Doctor/Russian East European Studies Certificate).
The School of Law offers concentrations in corporate law, environmental law, intellectual property law, international law, litigation, tax law, law and religion, child advocacy, feminist jurisprudence, and legal theory. In addition, clinics are available to second- and third-year students for 3 credits, generally. Seminars are also open to second- and third-year students for 3 hours of academic credit. During the summer, most students have paid internships with firms, businesses, government offices, or public interest agencies. A small number of students may be offered research assistantships. Field placements are open to second- and third-year students for academic credit with more than 50 local businesses and federal and state courts and agencies. Students may take advantage of ABA accredited law school study abroad programs. Tutorials are offered to all students by professors on an individual basis. Academic assistance is made available to any student by request. Special consideration is given to minority students in the admissions process; scholarships are offered to minority students based on merit and need; and our diversity office offers programs and initiatives to build community and prepare our students for success in diverse legal communities. The most widely taken electives are Criminal Procedure, Individual Tax, and Family Law.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 90 total credits, of which 47 are for required courses. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.25 in the required courses. The following first-year courses are required of all students: Civil Procedure I and II, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Methods, Legal Writing, Research, and Appellate Advocacy, Property, and Torts. Required upper-level courses consist of a writing requirement, Business Associations, Evidence, Legal Profession, and Trial Techniques. The required orientation program for first-year students is a 2-day period prior to registration and 1 day of optional activities that introduces students to the university and the law school communities. Students also attend a small section class during orientation.
In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 2.25 and have completed the upper-division writing requirement.
In the fall 2007 first-year class, 3913 applied, 1025 were accepted, and 254 enrolled. Twenty-two transfers enrolled. The median GPA of the most recent first-year class was 3.42.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and take the LSAT. The most important admission factors include LSAT results, GPA, and academic achievement. No specific undergraduate courses are required. Candidates are not interviewed.
The application deadline for fall entry is March 1. Applicants should submit an application form, LSAT results, transcripts, a personal statement, TOEFL for foreign applicants, a nonrefundable application fee of $70, 2 letters of recommendation, and r
About 85% of current law students receive some form of aid. The average annual amount of aid from all sources combined, including scholarships, loans, and work contracts, is $41,748. Awards are based on need and merit, along with both merit and need; loans are either need or non-need, depending on the loan. Required financial statement is the FAFSA. The aid application deadline for fall entry is April 1. Special funds for minority or disadvantaged students include scholarships based on merit and need. First-year students are notified about their financial aid application at some time shortly after students are accepted, but before a tuition deposit is required.
About 47% of the student body are women; 28%, minorities; 9%, African American; 10%, Asian American; 8%, Hispanic; and 2%, 4% Foreign. The majority of students come from the Northeast (33%). The average age of entering students is 23; age range is 20 to 50. About 45% of students enter directly from undergraduate school. About 2% drop out after the first year for academic or personal reasons; 98% remain to receive a law degree.
Student-edited publications are the Emory Law Journal, Emory International Law Review, and Emory Bankruptcy Journal. Annually, moot court teams participate in internal competitions, the Georgia Intra-State Moot Court, the National First Amendment Moot Court, and the Jessup International Law Moot Court competitions, among others. Other competitions include the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, the Negotiation Competition, and the National Hispanic Bar Association Moot Court Competition. Law student organizations include the Alternative Dispute Resolutions Society, the Emory Public Interest Committee, and the Health Law Society. Local chapters of national associations include the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, and Phi Alpha Delta. Campus clubs and other organizations include Legal Association of Women Students, Black Law Students Association, and Emory Gay and Lesbian Advocates.
The law school operates on a traditional semester basis. Courses for full-time students are offered both day and evening and must be completed within 6 years. There is no part-time program. New students are admitted in the fall. There is no summer session. Transferable summer courses are not offered.