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January Admission

Apply by October 31 for the Spring Semester.

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Top-Ranked Law School

Graduates of U.S. and foreign law schools can pursue the master of laws degree from a top nationally ranked law school.

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Community

LLM students are highly engaged in the life of the school, a community that connects, supports, and encourages them.

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Flexibility

LLM students choose from three broad tracks, six concentrations, and joint-degree options.

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Customization

Customize your LLM curriculum to match your interests and prepare you for your career goals, including taking a U.S. bar exam.

Master of Laws (LLM) Program
Emory’s LLM is a highly customizable 24-credit-hour program designed for individuals with a first degree in law who are seeking to build upon their legal background for professional and scholarly advancement.

Whether you are a practicing attorney seeking to enhance your skill set or change directions in your career, a recent graduate hoping to build on your legal foundation and strengthen your network, or an individual with scholarly aspirations, Emory Law's LLM program will empower you to take your legal career to the next level.

Many of our foreign-trained LLM students are preparing for careers at global corporations or law firms where knowledge of the U. S. legal system is relevant and beneficial. This solid grounding in U. S. law can serve as a signficiant differentiator for students upon return to their home countries.

Emory Law is a top-ranked U. S. law school, offering a world-class faculty, a diverse student body, a sophisticated and dynamic urban setting, practical opportunities to apply legal theory and skills, and a global alumni network. With abundant academic and community resources, Emory Law offers an ideal environment for personal and professional growth. 

Start in August or in January

Emory enrolls new LLM students in August and in January. August-start LLM students typically complete their degree the following May; January-start LLM students typically complete their degree the following December. Apply by October 31 to start in January.

Program Details

LLM students choose from three broad tracks, including a traditional LLM in general studies; one of six formal concentrations developed by the Emory Law faculty; or a joint LLM with Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. All graduates of the LLM program at Emory receive a diploma for a Master of Laws degree, regardless of concentration. 

Option 1: General Law

Students in general law design a course of study, drawing widely from Emory's many areas of expertise—including intellectual property law, international law, global health/health law, tax law, transactional law, and labor and employment law—to align their coursework with their goals. All courses are taken at Emory Law.

Option 2: Predesigned Concentrations

Students can select from six predesigned curricular paths.

  • Transactional Law
  • Law & Religion
  • Human Rights Law
  • Vulnerability & the Human Condition
  • Public Law & Regulation
  • Child Law & Policy

Option 3: Joint LLM 

Students can pursue a joint LLM with a focus on international commercial law and international politics with our partner Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. Students spend one full-time semester at CEU and one at Emory Law.

Join the Emory Law Community

  • LLM students study alongside their US classmates in almost all courses.
  • Emory’s LLM program typically includes 30 to 50 students in total, with recent students coming from China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Germany, Guinea, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, and Venezuela.
  • Join the LLM Society student organization or one of nearly 40 other student organizations at Emory Law.
  • LLM students are supported by the Graduate Programs Office, dedicated to providing individualized service to help students succeed at Emory.

Joint JD/LLM

For US students interested in pursuing a juris doctor and master of laws, Emory Law offers a joint-degree program with a focus on international law. The student completes one application (for the JD program) and indicates an interest in continuing into the LLM program after completing the JD. Students admitted to the joint-degree program must fulfill the requirements for both degrees to receive the JD and LLM.  

Learn more about the Joint JD/LLM degree and other joint degree programs »