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Join the LLM program in 2018

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Master of Laws (LLM) Program

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 US legal system is relevant and beneficial. This solid grounding in US law can serve as a significant differentiator for students upon return to their home countries.

Emory Law is a top-ranked US 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. Students enrolled in the on-campus format typically complete their degree in two semesters, whereas students enrolled in the online format complete their degree in four semesters. Apply by November 15 to start in January or June 30 to start in August.

Program Details

On Campus Format

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

In addition, students may pursue a specialization in law and development.

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.

New! Online Format

Emory Law LLM students selecting the online format may deepen their expertise by choosing from two concentrations: Business Law and Regulation; or Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation. Because the program is designed to increase expertise, the online LLM program will likely not create eligibility to sit for a bar exam for which the student is not otherwise qualified. All graduates of the LLM program at Emory receive a diploma for a Master of Laws degree, regardless of concentration.

Join the Emory Law Community

Emory Law’s LLM program in its on-campus format typically includes 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.