Juris Master Dual Degree Programs

Emory Law offers dual degree options for students interested in simultaneously pursing a Juris Master degree and an undergraduate or graduate degree.

The worlds of business and finance, healthcare, environmental protection, and others are increasingly shaped by law and regulation. To be effective - let alone a leader - in these fields, today's graduates need a basic foundation in law. Emory Law's academic partnerships will be an invaluable contribution to that need.

Robert B. Ahdieh, Vice Dean and Professor of Law

Students apply in the spring semester prior to their expected graduation year from Emory College. At the time of application, the student must be on track to earn at least 60 credit hours at Emory College and rank in the top quartile of their graduating class. Admission is provisional, pending confirmation that the student has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above from Emory College.

Applicants must also attend at least one class session of a foundational course in the first-year JD curriculum at Emory Law School and complete a personal interview with a member of the JM admissions committee. Other requirements include:

  • Standardized test of legal reasoning skills (either the LSAT or the abbreviated LSAT-type exam offered by the Law School)
  • Online application form for the JM program
  • Copies of all undergraduate transcripts
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement expressing goals for and interest in the JM program
  • At least two letters of recommendation from faculty A TOEFL score (for non-native English speakers)
  • Nonrefundable application fee

Dual degree applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final submission deadline of April 1 for the following fall semester. Initial enrollment in the JM program is provisional. In the spring semester of the student’s senior undergraduate year, a mid-stage progress review will be conducted by the Law School to determine the final admission decision. In particular, the Graduate Programs Office will confirm:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in Law School courses
  • Emory faculty members who have worked with the student consider the student to be capable of handling more advanced Law School coursework.
  • Verification by Emory College of Arts & Sciences that the student is on track to complete the BS degree requirements.

Students who satisfy these requirements will be offered final admission to the JM program. Students who do not satisfy these requirements will not be able to complete the JM program.

Visit our JM Admission page for detail on the application process »

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the program, please contact Lynn Labuda, Director of Graduate Programs, at jmadmission@emory.edu.

The MBA/JM dual degree program is designed to enhance business knowledge and professional pursuits with legal grounding relevant to your profession or industry.

While there are many JM concentrations available, following are several that may be of interest to MBA students: 

  • Banking & Financial Compliance
  • Business Law
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Business Law
  • Media & Marketing Law
  • Patent Law / Technology Transfer
  • Real Estate

MBA/JM dual degree students would earn an MBA from Goizueta Business School in addition to a JM degree from Emory Law School. This arrangement will allow MBA/JM students to add the JM credential with the addition of two semesters for the One-Year MBA program and one semester for the Two-Year MBA program.

While enrolled in the JM program, MBA/JM dual degree students must carry at least 12 credit hours each semester at the Law School.

Scholarships

Scholarships for the JM program are available to students pursuing the MBA/JM dual degree.  

Application Process

All MBA/JM dual degree applications will be reviewed and application decisions made independently by the Goizueta Business School and Emory Law School. Both schools must agree to admit the applicants to the MBA/JM dual degree program. Should one school deny admission to an applicant, the applicant would be denied admission to the MBA/JM dual degree program. The applicant may still be accepted to either academic program independent of the other academic program.

Visit our JM Admission page for detail on the application process »

Visit the Goizueta Business School website for the MBA application process and requirements »

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the program, please contact Lynn Labuda, Director of Graduate Programs, at jmadmission@emory.edu.

Emory Law extends an invitation to School of Medicine students to consider pursuing the Juris Master.  Whether you plan to practice medicine, pursue research, or enter health care administration, you will benefit from a deeper understanding of the legal and regulatory issues impacting the health care profession.  

The JM program allows you to customize your coursework to meet your individual career needs and may be completed in as little as nine months if pursued on a full-time basis. JM students work with a program advisor to develop a course of study to meet your professional goals. 

Following are several suggested courses for JM students from healthcare professions:

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Associations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Disability Law
  • Food & Drug Law
  • Global Public Health Law
  • Health Law
  • Law and Economics
  • Law in Public Health
  • Legislation & Regulation
  • National Health Systems: Global View
  • Public Health Law
  • Regulation of Health Care Providers
  • Torts

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to Emory University School of Medicine students if pursuing the JM degree.  

To learn more about the program, contact Lynn Labuda at jmadmission@emory.edu

The MPH/JM dual degree program is designed to enhance a student’s knowledge and professional pursuits with legal grounding relevant to public health. Professionals in the U.S. public health sector are constantly required to adapt to new realities, including changes in the law as it applies to matters of public health, patient care, human rights, privacy, policy, and interrelated issues. A legal grounding in the basics of torts and contracts, in addition to laws related to health policy and regulation, enables students to better assess organizational risk, make informed decisions, and contribute in more significant ways to their organizations and the people they serve.

While there are many concentrations available, following are several that are may be of interest:

  • Environmental & Natural Resources Law
  • Health Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Global Health Law

MPH/JM dual degree students would earn an MPH degree from the Rollins School of Public Health in addition to a JM degree from Emory Law School. MPH/JM dual degree students would need to carry at least 12 credit hours each semester at the Law School and a minimum of 9 credit hours (although most MPH students generally take more credit hours per semester to complete the MPH degree requirements) each semester at the Rollins School of Public Health.

Accelerated MPH students would complete the MPH/JM degrees in five semesters, three semesters at Rollins and two semesters at the Law School.

Scholarships

Scholarships for the JM program are available to students pursing the MPH/JM dual degree. 

Application Process

All MPH/JM dual degree applications will be reviewed and application decisions made independently by the Rollins School of Public Health and Emory Law School.  Both schools must agree to admit the applicants to the MPH/JM dual degree program.  Should one school deny admission to an applicant, the applicant would be denied admission to the MPH/JM dual degree program.  The applicant may still be accepted to either academic program independent of the other academic program. 

Visit our JM Admission page for detail on the application process »

Visit application process and requirements for more details on the MPH application process.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the program, please contact Lynn Labuda, Director of Graduate Programs, at jmadmission@emory.edu.

Rafael L. Bras, Provost of GA Tech

“Modern science and engineering – and certainly all of our grand challenges like the environment, energy, and security – live in a technological and regulatory space. Our students will play major roles in engaging these issues and will be best prepared to do so with a firm grounding in the law.”

Rafael L. Bras
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Georgia Institute of Technology

As regulatory oversight, compliance, and risk and liability issues impact a wide range of industries, businesses, and organizations, a deep understanding of the law enhances students' value as they enter the market and workplace. 

Emory Law invites Georgia Institute of Technology students to augment their academic studies with an Emory Law juris master degree.

Many juris master concentrations are available, including several that may be most relevant to Georgia Tech students:

  • Business Law
  • Environmental & Natural Resources Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Health Policy Management Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Patent Law / Technology Transfer

Students may also work with a JM faculty adviser to develop a course of study designed to meet their personal and professional goals.

Dual degree students would earn an undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech in addition to a JM degree from Emory Law School. While enrolled in the JM program, dual degree students must carry at least 12 credit hours each semester at the Law School.

Scholarships

Candidates who receive final admission to the JM program through the Georgia Tech Bachelor of Science (BS)/Juris Master (JM) Dual Degree Program will receive a scholarship from the Law School for each of the two full-time semesters they are enrolled in the JM program.

Application Process

A BS/JM dual degree student may apply for provisional admission to the JM program during the spring of their junior year of undergraduate study (as defined by being on track to earn at least 60 credit hours at Georgia Tech).

  • At least 60 credit hours completed at Georgia Tech
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Standardized test of legal reasoning skills: either the LSAT or an abbreviated LSAT-type exam offered by the Law School for applicants to the dual degree program.
  • Application for the juris master program
  • Copies of all undergraduate transcripts
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement expressing goals and particular interest in the JM program
  • At least two letters of recommendation from faculty
  • TOEFL score (for non-native English speakers)
  • Non-refundable application fee

Applicants must also attend at least one class session of a foundational course in the first-year JD curriculum at Emory Law School and complete a personal interview with a member of the JM admissions committee. Dual degree applications will be reviewed by the JM admissions committee. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final submission deadline of April 1 for the following Fall semester.

Initial enrollment in the JM program is provisional. In the spring semester of the student’s senior year, the student will undergo a progress review by the Law School to determine final admission. In particular, the Graduate Programs Office will confirm:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in Law School courses
  • Emory faculty members who have worked with the student consider him or her to be capable of handling more advanced Law School coursework.
  • Verification by Georgia Tech that the student is on track to complete the BS degree requirements.

Students who satisfy these requirements will be offered final admission to the JM program. Students who do not satisfy these requirements will not be able to complete the JM program. However, up to 6 credit hours that they acquired in Law School courses may count towards their BS as free electives. Failure to complete the JM portion of the dual degree program, as such, should not in any way prejudice a student’s ability to complete their undergraduate degree on time.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the program, please contact Lynn Labuda, Director of Graduate Programs, at jmadmission@emory.edu.