LLM Concentrations

The flexible LLM program allows you to customize coursework to fit your professional goals. You will join students from Emory Law's JD and graduate programs in foundational and elective courses you choose based on your individual areas of interest and expertise.

The LLM concentration in child law and policy offers students the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the formulation and application of policies and laws affecting children.

Students can choose between two tracks: (1) a theorytrack involving a substantial research paper prepared under the supervision of a faculty member with expertise in theory or (2) a policy track, involving a policy project conducted under the supervision of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center faculty and others with expertise in policy and legislative development. Students enrolled in this concentration must complete a total of 24 credit hours, consisting of course work and either a substantial research paper or an equivalent policy project.

Open to

  • US JD degree holders
  • Foreign-educated attorneys

Degree Requirements

  1. Two semesters of residency as a full-time student
  2. 24 credit hours (course work plus substantial research paper or policy project) consisting of the following elements:

Foundational Academic Courses

Students must complete 12 credits from among these foundational courses:

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Animal Law (3 credits)
  • Child Advocacy: the Law, the Policy and the Players (2 credits)
  • Child, Parent & State (3 credits)
  • Education Law & Policy (3 credits)
  • Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Family Law (3 credits)
  • Global Public Health Law (3 credits)
  • Health Law (3 credits)
  • Immigration Law (3 credits)
  • International and Comparative Family Law (3 credits)
  • Kids in Conflict with the Law or Juvenile Law (2–3 credits)
  • Law, Religion and the History of the Family in Western Tradition (3 credits)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Law (2–3 credits)
  • Poverty Law (3 credits)
  • Other courses at Emory Law, or within other Emory departments, including business, nursing, public heath, sociology, etc., as approved by the academic adviser, based on the background and interests of the student

Policy Track

Theory Track

Students enrolled in policy track must complete

  • Six credits from the Barton Policy Clinic, Legislative Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic, and/or Appeal for Youth Clinic
  • A substantial policy or law reform project under supervision of Barton Child Law and Policy Center faculty

Students enrolled in the theory track must complete

  • Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law (3 credits)
  • Research paper of 15,000 to 16,000 words, under the supervision of a member of the law, policy, and theory faculty

The remaining credit hours should be chosen from relevant courses in the JD curriculum or other Emory University graduate courses approved by the academic adviser. 

Potential Elective Courses and Seminars

  • Access to Justice Workshop
  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced International Negotiations
  • Comparative Bill of Rights
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Disability & Discrimination
  • Education Law and Policy
  • Federal Housing and Homelessness
  • Feminist Legal Theories
  • Free Speech and Hate Speech
  • International Environmental Law
  • LGBT Law
  • Politics and Democratic Governance
  • Reproductive Issues
  • Supreme Court and the Family Law
  • Various human rights and comparative/international topics

Path #1: US JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • Foundation Course #1—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #2—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #3—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #4—3 hours

Elective Courses  

  • Elective Course #1—3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option
  • Additional elective at student's option
  • Clinic—Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender or Appeal for Youth—6 hours
  • Policy/Reform Directed Research Project—3 hours

Total Credit Hours Taken: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #2: Foreign-Educated Attorneys

Required Courses 

  • Foundation Course #1—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #2—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #3—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #4—3 hours
  • Policy Track: Clinic—Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender or Appeal for Youth—6 hours; Theory Track: Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law—3 hours
  • Policy/Reform Directed Research Project—3 hours
  • Introduction to US Law/1st Semester—2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research (1st semester)—2 hours
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—none
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—none

Elective Courses

  • Elective Course #1—2 hours
  • (Theory TrackOnly) Elective Course #2—2 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken: Policy Track—27, Theory Track—26

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #3: Foreign-Educated Attorneys—New York Bar Exam Educational Requirements

Required Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Foundation Course #1, Family Law 1—3 hours, yes
  • Foundation Course #2—3 hours, unknown
  • Foundation Course #3—3 hours, unknown
  • Foundation Course #4—3 hours, unknown
  • (Policy Track) Clinic—Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender or Appeal for Youth—4 hours, no
  • (Theory Track) Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law—3 hours, no
  • Policy/Reform Directed Research Project—none, no
  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours, no
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research (1st Semester)—2 hours, no
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—none
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—none

Elective Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Elective Course #1, NY Bar Tested Content—3 hours, yes

Total Credit Hours: 26

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement for New York Bar: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Qualifying Foundational Courses

Check availability of courses each semester.

  • Administrative Law
  • Adoption
  • Animal Law
  • Child Welfare Law and Policy (prep for Policy Clinic)
  • Children's Rights (prep for Policy Clinic)
  • Education Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law I & II
  • Global Public Health Law
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International and Comparative Family Law
  • Kids in Conflict with the Law/Juvenile Law (prep for Juvenile Defender Clinic)
  • Law, Religion and the History of the Family in the Western Tradition
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Law
  • Poverty Law
  • Other courses at Emory Law or other Emory departments as approved by the academic adviser

Disclaimer: Only the New York Board of Legal Examiners has the authority to make a final determination about whether a student has met the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the New York Bar Exam. This checklist is intended to provide guidance for LLM students, but does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the New York Bar Exam.

List A: Elective courses that are LIMITED or EXCLUDED in the 24 credit hours of LLM work required by the New York Bar Exam.

LIMITED: These courses may count toward the 24 hours required by the New York bar, but only in limited amounts. All credit hours earned for these courses will typically be counted toward the Emory LLM.

  • Clinics (e.g. International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Barton Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic)—4 maximum hours
  • Courses related to legal training taught by law school faculty or affiliated faculty—6 maximum hours

EXCLUDED: Students may take these courses as "extra" hours. They will typically count toward your Emory LLM, but will NOT count toward the 24 hours required by the New York Bar Exam.

  • Directed research projects/independent study
  • Externships
  • Any distance, correspondence, or online course
  • Courses not taught on the campus of a US university, even if taught by a US faculty member

List B: New York Bar Exam Tested Content Courses

Review www.nybarexam.org/content/contentoutline.htm for additional information.

Course/Hours

  • Business Associations—3 or 4 hours
  • Civil Procedure—4 hours
  • Constitutional Law—4 hours
  • Contracts—4 hours
  • Criminal Law—3 hours
  • Evidence—3 or 4 hours
  • Family Law I—3 hours
  • Legal Profession—3 hours
  • Legislation & Regulation—2 hours
  • Property—4 hours
  • Secured Transactions—3 hours
  • Torts—4 hours
  • Trusts & Estates—4 hours

Students pursuing an LLM at Emory have the unique opportunity through general study to design a curriculum based on their unique set of experiences and interests.

Emory Law provides a wide array of courses in various areas of specialization, based on the broad expertise of our faculty. Through the LLM program, students have the opportunity to complete a master of laws in an area of academic concentration chosen by each student, including health law, intellectual property, environmental law, international law, tax law, law and development, and others. By pursuing the general studies track, students have the flexibility to select coursework in any area and are required to spend a minimum of two semesters in residency at Emory Law and successfully complete 24 credit hours of course work. Each LLM student pursuing general study will work closely with an academic advisor to design a curriculum that will meet the student’s academic needs.

Open to

  • US JD degree holders
  • Foreign-educated attorneys

Degree Requirements

  1. Two semesters of residency as a full-time student
  2. 24 credit hours (course work plus substantial research paper)

Course Work

Students may select courses from those offered in Emory Law’s catalog of courses.

View the academic catalog »

Path #1: US JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • None

Elective Courses  

  • Elective Course #1 (1st Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #2 (1st Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #3 (1st Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #4 (1st Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #5 (2nd Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #6 (2nd Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #7 (2nd Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #8 (2nd Semester)—3 hours

Total Credit Hours Taken: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #2: Foreign-Educated Attorneys

Required Courses 

  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—none
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—none

Elective Courses

  • Elective Course #1 (1st Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #2 (1st Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #3 (1st Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #4 (1st Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #5 (2nd Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #6 (2nd Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #7 (2nd Semester)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #8 (2nd Semester)—3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #3: Foreign-Educated Attorneys—New York Bar Exam Educational Requirements

Required Courses + number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours, no
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research—2 hours, no
  • Legal Profession (1st Semester)—3 hours, yes
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—0, no
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—0, no

Elective Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Elective Course #1 (1st Semester)—unknown
  • Elective Course #2 (1st Semester)—unknown
  • Elective Course #3 (1st Semester)—unknown
  • Elective Course #4 (1st Semester)—unknown
  • Elective Course #5 (2nd Semester)—unknown
  • Elective Course #6 (2nd Semester)—unknown
  • Elective Course #7 (2nd Semester)—unknown
  • Elective Course #8 (2nd Semester)—unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option—unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option—unknown

Total Credit Hours: 7

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement for New York Bar: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Disclaimer: Only the New York Board of Legal Examiners has the authority to make a final determination about whether a student has met the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the New York Bar Exam. This checklist is intended to provide guidance for LLM students but does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the New York Bar Exam.

List A: Elective courses that are LIMITED or EXCLUDED in the 24 credit hours of LLM work required by the New York Bar Exam.

LIMITED: These courses may count toward the 24 hours required by the New York bar but only in limited amounts. All credit hours earned for these courses will typically be counted toward the Emory LLM.

  • Clinics (e.g. International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Barton Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic)—4 maximum hours
  • Courses related to legal training taught by law school faculty or affiliated faculty—6 maximum hours

EXCLUDED: Students may take these courses as "extra" hours. They will typically count toward your Emory LLM but will NOT count toward the 24 hours required by the New York Bar Exam.

  • Directed research projects/independent study
  • Externships
  • Any distance, correspondence or online course
  • Courses not taught on the campus of a US university, even if taught by a US faculty member

List B: New York Bar Exam Tested Content Courses

Review www.nybarexam.org/content/contentoutline.htm for additional information.

Course/Hours

  • Business Associations—3 or 4 hours
  • Civil Procedure—4 hours
  • Constitutional Law—4 hours
  • Contracts—4 hours
  • Criminal Law—3 hours
  • Evidence—3 or 4 hours
  • Family Law I—3 hours
  • Legal Profession—3 hours
  • Legislation & Regulation—2 hours
  • Property—4 hours
  • Secured Transactions—3 hours
  • Torts—4 hours
  • Trusts & Estates—4 hours

The LLM concentration in human rights law offers students the opportunity to explore the theory and practice of human rights law in the national and/or international context.

Students enrolled in this concentration must complete the required courses and a substantial dissertation. In view of the broad scope and interdisciplinary nature of the human rights field, students will be able to complete their required credit hours by selecting from a wide range of courses at Emory Law. 

Open to

  • US JD degree holders
  • Foreign-educated attorneys

Degree Requirements

  1. Two semesters of residency as a full-time student
  2. 24 credit hours (course work plus substantial research paper) consisting of the following elements:

Foundational Academic Courses

Students must complete 12 credit hours in the following required courses

  • Human Rights Law (3 credits)
  • International Criminal Law OR International Humanitarian Law (3 credits)
  • International Law (3 credits)
  • One course in US Civil Rights Law (3 credit hours)

Research Paper

Students must complete four credit hours preparing a research paper of 15,000 to 16,000 words, under the supervision of a human rights faculty member.

Additional Required Coursework

The remaining eight credit hours should be chosen from relevant courses in the JD curriculum or other Emory University graduate courses approved by the academic adviser.  

Path #1: US JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • Human Rights Law—3 hours
  • International Law—3 hours
  • One course in US Civil Rights Law—3 hours
  • International Criminal Law OR International Humanitarian Law—3 hours
  • Directed Research Paper—4 hours

Elective Courses  

  • Elective Course #1—3 hours
  • Elective Course #2—3 hours
  • Elective Course #3—3 hours
  • Elective Course #4—3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #2: Foreign-Educated Attorneys

Required Courses 

  • Human Rights Law—3 hours
  • International Law—3 hours
  • One course in US Civil Rights Law—3 hours
  • International Criminal Law OR International Humanitarian Law—3 hours
  • Directed Research Paper—4 hours
  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—none
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—none

Elective Courses

  • Elective Course #1—4 hours
  • Elective Course #2—3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken: 25

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #3: Foreign-Educated Attorneys—New York Bar Exam Educational Requirements

Required Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Human Rights Law—4 hours, no
  • International Law—4 hours, no
  • One course in US Civil Rights Law—3 hours, no
  • International Criminal Law OR International Humanitarian Law—3 hours, no
  • Directed Research Paper—none, no
  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours, no
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research—2 hours, no
  • Legal Profession (1st Semester)—3 hours, yes
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—0, no
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—0, no

Elective Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Elective Course #1—3 hours, unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option—unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option—unknown

Total Credit Hours: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement for New York Bar: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Disclaimer: Only the New York Board of Legal Examiners has the authority to make a final determination about whether a student has met the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the New York Bar Exam. This checklist is intended to provide guidance for LLM students but does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the New York Bar Exam.

List A: Elective courses that are LIMITED or EXCLUDED in the 24 credit hours of LLM work required by the New York Bar Exam.

LIMITED: These courses may count toward the 24 hours required by the New York bar but only in limited amounts. All credit hours earned for these courses will typically be counted toward the Emory LLM.

  • Clinics (e.g. International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Barton Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic)—4 maximum hours
  • Courses related to legal training taught by law school faculty or affiliated faculty—6 maximum hours

EXCLUDED: Students may take these courses as "extra" hours. They will typically count toward your Emory LLM but will NOT count toward the 24 hours required by the New York Bar Exam.

  • Directed research projects/independent study
  • Externships
  • Any distance, correspondence, or online course
  • Courses not taught on the campus of a US university, even if taught by a US faculty member

List B: New York Bar Exam Tested Content Courses

Review www.nybarexam.org/content/contentoutline.htm for additional information.

Course/Hours

  • Business Associations—3 or 4 hours
  • Civil Procedure—4 hours
  • Constitutional Law—4 hours
  • Contracts—4 hours
  • Criminal Law—3 hours
  • Evidence—3 or 4 hours
  • Family Law I—3 hours
  • Legal Profession—3 hours
  • Legislation & Regulation—2 hours
  • Property—4 hours
  • Secured Transactions—3 hours
  • Torts—4 hours
  • Trusts & Estates—4 hours

LLM candidates in law and religion will be residents at Emory Law and in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion »

While resident in the center, candidates will interact with law and religion faculty, staff, and students; participate in the center’s public forums and research projects; and be eligible to apply for center research fellowships and internships.

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is dedicated to studying the religious dimensions of law, the legal dimensions of religion, and the interaction of legal and religious ideas and institutions, norms, and practices. This study is predicated on the assumption that religion gives law its spirit and inspires its adherence to ritual and justice. Law gives religion its structure and encourages its devotion to order and organization. Law and religion share such ideas as fault, obligation, and covenant and such methods as ethics, rhetoric, and textual interpretation. Law and religion also balance each other by counterpoising justice and mercy, rule and equity, discipline and love. This dialectical interaction gives these two disciplines and dimensions of life their vitality and their strength. Without law, religion slowly slides into shallow spiritualism. Without religion, law gradually decays into empty formalism.

The center has emerged over the past 27 years as a major scholarly initiative. Its work is interdisciplinary in perspective, seeking to bring the wisdom of religious traditions into greater conversation with law, public policy, and the social sciences. It is interreligious in inspiration, seeking to compare the legal teachings and practices of various religious traditions, especially Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It is also international in orientation, seeking to situate American debates over interdisciplinary legal and religious issues within an emerging global conversation.

Besides the LLM concentration in law and religion, Emory offers

  • Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)
  • Three joint-degree programs (JD/MDiv, JD/MTS, JD/PhD)
  • 35 courses (listed under "Requirements")
  • Nine major research projects
  • Two to four annual public forums
  • A triennial international conference
  • Two book series
  • 300-plus published volumes
  • 95 Emory senior fellows and associated faculty from 20 fields of study
  • 1,600 corresponding members from around the world

Open to

  • US JD degree holders
  • Foreign-educated attorneys

Degree Requirements

  1. Two semesters of residency as a full-time student
  2. 24 credit hours
    • At least 12 credit hours must be law and religion courses selected from the menu of courses below
    • Students have the option of taking up to six additional credit hours to complete a major research paper written under the academic adviser, with a presumption of 15 double-spaced pages of original writing per hour of credit
    • The balance of credit hours can be taken from the law and religion course menu below, the broader JD curriculum, or from any other graduate level courses offered at Emory University approved by the LLM supervisor 

Law and Religion Courses

The following courses are offered under the aegis of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion and can be taken to complete the degree requirements for the LLM or SJD in law and religion:

Historical Studies

  • American Legal History I
  • American Legal History II
  • English Legal History
  • European Legal History
  • History of Christian Theological Ethics 
  • History of Church-State Relations in the West  
  • History of Law, Religion and Family in the West 
  • Later Roman Empire: Law, Religion and Society
  • Roman Family Law
  • Roman Law

 Moral, Methodological, and Philosophical Themes

  • Contemporary Theological Ethics
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Morality
  • Law and Theology
  • Love and Justice
  • Morality and Constitutionality
  • Morality and Society
  • Seminar in Thomas Aquinas and Law
  • Sociology of Religion 
  • The Morality of Peace and War

Religion, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom

  • Advanced Religious Liberty
  • American Constitutional Law: Religion and State
  • Child, Parent and State
  • International Human Rights  
  • International Law and Ethics
  • Law, Morality & International Human Rights
  • Religion and Human Rights

Religious Legal Systems

  • Canon Law
  • Islam and Democracy
  • Islam and Politics
  • Islamic Law
  • Islamic Modernism
  • Jewish Law
  • The Book of Deuteronomy
  • The Ten Commandments 

Path #1: US JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • Foundation Course #1—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #2—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #3—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #4—3 hours

Elective Courses  

  • Research paper option (1–6 credits)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #1—3 hours
  • Elective Course #2—2 hours
  • Elective Course #3—3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #2: Foreign-Educated Attorneys

Required Courses 

  • Foundation Course #1—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #2—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #3—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #4—3 hours
  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—none
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—none

Elective Courses

  • Research paper option (1–6 credits)—3 hours
  • Elective Course #1—3 hours
  • Elective Course #2—2 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #3: Foreign-Educated Attorneys—New York Bar Exam Educational Requirements

Required Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Foundation Course #1—3 hours, no
  • Foundation Course #2—3 hours, no
  • Foundation Course #3—3 hours, no
  • Foundation Course #4—3 hours, no
  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours, no
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research (1st Semester)—2 hours, no
  • Legal Profession (1st Semester)—3 hours, yes
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—none
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—none

Elective Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Research paper option (1–6 credits)—0 hours, no
  • Elective Course #1, NY Bar Tested Content—3 hours, yes

Total Credit Hours: 22

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement for New York Bar: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Qualifying Foundational Courses

Check availability of courses each semester.

Historical Studies

  • American Legal History I
  • English Legal History
  • European Legal History
  • History of Christian Theological Ethics
  • History of Church-State Relations in the West
  • Later Roman Empire: Law, Religion and Society
  • Roman Family Law
  • Roman Law

Ethical, Methodological, and Philosophical Themes

  • Civil Rights and the Black Consciousness Movement
  • Contemporary Theological Ethics
  • Health Care Ethics
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Morality
  • Law and Theology
  • Love and Justice
  • Morality and Constitutionality
  • Morality and Society
  • The Morality of Peace and War
  • Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding
  • Seminar in Thomas Aquinas and Law
  • Sociology of Religioin
  • Theological Proposals for Criminal Punishment Reform
  • Theology of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The Wrathful God: Religious Extremism in Comparative Perspective

Religion, Human Rights, and Religious Freedom

  • Advanced Religious Liberty
  • American Constitutional Law: Religion & State
  • Child, Parent and State
  • International Human Right
  • International Law and Ethics
  • Law, Morality and International Human Rights
  • Religion and Human Rights

Religious Legal Systems

  • The Book of Deuteronomy
  • Canon Law
  • Islam and Democracy
  • Islam and Politics
  • Islamic Law
  • Islamic Modernism
  • Jewish Law
  • The Ten Commandments

Disclaimer: Only the New York Board of Legal Examiners has the authority to make a final determination about whether a student has met the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the New York Bar Exam. This checklist is intended to provide guidance for LLM students but does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the New York Bar Exam.

List A: Elective courses that are LIMITED or EXCLUDED in the 24 credit hours of LLM work required by the New York Bar Exam.

LIMITED: These courses may count toward the 24 hours required by the New York bar but only in limited amounts. All credit hours earned for these courses will typically be counted toward the Emory LLM.

  • Clinics (e.g. International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Barton Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic)—4 maximum hours
  • Courses related to legal training taught by law school faculty or affiliated faculty—6 maximum hours

EXCLUDED: Students may take these courses as "extra" hours. They will typically count toward your Emory LLM but will NOT count toward the 24 hours required by the New York Bar Exam.

  • Directed research projects/independent study
  • Externships
  • Any distance, correspondence, or online course
  • Courses not taught on the campus of a US university, even if taught by a US faculty member

List B: New York Bar Exam Tested Content Courses

Review www.nybarexam.org/content/contentoutline.htm for additional information.

Course/Hours

  • Business Associations—3 or 4 hours
  • Civil Procedure—4 hours
  • Constitutional Law—4 hours
  • Contracts—4 hours
  • Criminal Law—3 hours
  • Evidence—3 or 4 hours
  • Family Law I—3 hours
  • Legal Profession—3 hours
  • Legislation & Regulation—2 hours
  • Property—4 hours
  • Secured Transactions—3 hours
  • Torts—4 hours
  • Trusts & Estates—4 hours

The LLM concentration in public law and regulation offers students the opportunity to explore the modern regulatory state and the political, legislative, and administrative processes that create and control regulatory bodies of law. 

Central areas of study include the interplay of law and politics in our constitutional and regulatory systems, the complex dynamic of business regulation in the United States, and emerging issues about the nature and role of transnational regulation.

Open to

  • US JD degree holders
  • Foreign-educated attorneys

Degree Requirements

  1. Two semesters of residency as a full-time student
  2. 24 credit hours (course work plus optional substantial paper) consisting of the following courses and programs:

Foundational Academic Courses

Students must complete 11 credit hours in the following required courses.

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Constitutional Law (4 credits)
  • Legislation & Regulation (2 credits)

Additional Coursework

Students can secure the remaining 13 required credits by drawing on a wide selection of relevant courses in the JD curriculum or other Emory University graduate courses approved by the academic adviser. Subject to faculty approval, any course incorporating significant public law elements would be permissible as an elective, depending on the student’s particular interests. These include Securities Regulation, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, Food & Drug Law, Immigration, Health Law, and others. 

For example, students interested in securities regulation, intellectual property, or law and religion might draw from the following (partial) lists of available courses for their additional courses:

Securities Regulation

  • Accounting for Lawyers (2 credits)
  • Banking Law (3 credits)
  • Business Associations (4 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (3 credits)
  • Corporate Practice (3 credits)
  • Doing Deals (selected courses)
  • Federal Income Taxation: Corporations (3 credits)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (3 credits)
  • Securities Regulation (3 credits)

Intellectual Property

  • Computer Law (2 credits)
  • Copyright Law (3 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Innovations (two courses) (3 credits)
  • Intellectual Property (3 credits)
  • Patent Law (3 credits)
  • Patent Practice & Procedure (2 credits)
  • The Role of Patents

Law and Religion

  • Advanced Constitutional Law (2 credits)
  • Advanced Religious Liberty
  • Constitutional Law: Religion and State (3 credits)
  • History of Canon Law (2 credits)
  • History of Church/State Relations in the West
  • Islamic Law (3 credits)
  • Jewish Law (3 credits)

Optional Research Paper (4 credits)

Students may complete four of their 13 additional credits by preparing a research paper of 15,000 to 16,000 words, under the supervision of a public law and regulation faculty member. 

Path #1: US JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • Legislation & Regulation (may be waived)—2 hours
  • Constitutional Law (may be waived)—4 hours
  • Administrative Law (may be waived)—3 hours

Elective Courses  

  • Elective Course #1—3 hours
  • Elective Course #2—3 hours
  • Elective Course #3—3 hours
  • Elective Course #4—3 hours
  • Elective Course #5—3 hours
  • Additional elective/waiver replacement 

Total Credit Hours Taken: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #2: Foreign-Educated Attorneys

Required Courses 

  • Legislation & Regulation—2 hours
  • Constitutional Law—4 hours
  • Administrative Law—3 hours
  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—none
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—none

Elective Courses

  • Elective Course #1—4 hours
  • Elective Course #2—3 hours
  • Elective Course #3—3 hours
  • Elective Course #4—3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken: 26

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #3: Foreign-Educated Attorneys—New York Bar Exam Educational Requirements

Required Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Legislation & Regulation—2 hours, yes
  • Constitutional Law—4 hours, yes
  • Administrative Law—3 hours, no
  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours, no
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research—2 hours, no
  • Legal Profession/1st Semester—3 hours, yes
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—0, no
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—0, no

Elective Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Elective Course #1—3 hours, unknown
  • Elective Course #2—3 hours, unknown
  • Elective Course #3—2 hours, unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option—unknown

Total Credit Hours: 22

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement for New York Bar: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Disclaimer: Only the New York Board of Legal Examiners has the authority to make a final determination about whether a student has met the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the New York Bar Exam. This checklist is intended to provide guidance for LLM students but does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the New York Bar Exam.

List A: Elective courses that are LIMITED or EXCLUDED in the 24 credit hours of LLM work required by the New York Bar Exam.

LIMITED: These courses may count toward the 24 hours required by the New York bar but only in limited amounts. All credit hours earned for these courses will typically be counted toward the Emory LLM.

  • Clinics (e.g. International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Barton Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic)—4 maximum hours
  • Courses related to legal training taught by law school faculty or affiliated faculty—6 maximum hours

EXCLUDED: Students may take these courses as "extra" hours. They will typically count toward your Emory LLM but will NOT count toward the 24 hours required by the New York Bar Exam.

  • Directed research projects/independent study
  • Externships
  • Any distance, correspondence, or online course
  • Courses not taught on the campus of a US university, even if taught by a US faculty member

List B: New York Bar Exam Tested Content Courses

Review www.nybarexam.org/content/contentoutline.htm for additional information.

Course/Hours

  • Business Associations—3 or 4 hours
  • Civil Procedure—4 hours
  • Constitutional Law—4 hours
  • Contracts—4 hours
  • Criminal Law—3 hours
  • Evidence—3 or 4 hours
  • Family Law I—3 hours
  • Legal Profession—3 hours
  • Legislation & Regulation—2 hours
  • Property—4 hours
  • Secured Transactions—3 hours
  • Torts—4 hours
  • Trusts & Estates—4 hours

Emory Law is the US leader in training students in transactional law, defined broadly as the skills and knowledge needed by lawyers working in business and commercial settings.

Located in the dynamic city of Atlanta—the business, commercial, and governmental capital of the southeastern United States—Emory offers a particularly rich set of courses for students interested in a business and commercial practice. The LLM concentration in transactional law is distinctive because of the core of experiential course requirements, supplemented by a group of more traditional courses that provide a foundation to the transactional setting.

The courses are taught by both experienced practicing attorneys who are leaders in their fields and full-time faculty who emphasize the practical side of transactional law. “Doing Deals” courses focus almost entirely on learning for practice. Capstone courses, such as Emory’s “Mergers and Acquisitions Workshop,” provide opportunities for advanced experiential learning in specialized areas of the law. Because students have taken the required skills courses, the capstone courses are conducted at a more sophisticated level than would otherwise be possible.

Students enrolled in this concentration must complete a total of 24 credit hours. In lieu of one course, a student may undertake research and writing on a topic of the student’s choice, subject to approval and availability of a faculty member who will supervise the project.

Open to

  • US JD degree holders
  • Foreign-educated attorneys

Degree Requirements

  1. Two semesters of residency as a full-time student
  2. 24 credit hours consisting of the following elements:

Foundational Academic Courses

Students must complete 17 credit hours in the following required courses:

  • Business Associations (4 credits)
  • Contracts (4 credits)
  • Doing Deals: Contract Drafting (3 credits)
  • Doing Deals: Deal Skills (3 credits)
  • International Business Transactions (3 credits)

Representative Capstone Courses

  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions (3 credits)
  • Complex Restructurings and Distressed Acquisitions (3 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Practice (3 credits)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (2 credits)
  • Negotiated Corporate Transactions (3 credits)
  • Private Equity (3 credits)
  • Venture Capital (3 credits)

Representative Elective Courses

  • Bankruptcy (3 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (3 credits)
  • Employment Law (3 credits)
  • Food and Drug Law (2 credits)
  • Franchise Law (2 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Licensing (3 credits)
  • International Tax (3 credits)
  • Labor Arbitration Practice (3 credits)
  • Negotiations (2 credits)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (3 credits)
  • Products Liability (3 credits)
  • Securities Regulation (3 credits)
  • White Collar Crime (3 credits) 

Path #1: US JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • Business Associations (may be waived)—4 hours
  • Contracts (may be waived)—4 hours
  • Doing Deals: Contract Drafting—3 hours
  • Doing Deals: Deal Skills—3 hours

Elective Courses  

  • Elective Course #1—3 hours
  • Elective Course #2—3 hours
  • Elective Course #3—3 hours
  • Elective Course #4—3 hours
  • Additional elective/waiver replacement 
  • Additional elective/waiver replacement

Total Credit Hours Taken: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #2: Foreign-Educated Attorneys

Required Courses 

  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research/1st Semester—2 hours
  • Business Associations—4 hours
  • Contracts—4 hours
  • Doing Deals: Contract Drafting—3 hours
  • Doing Deals: Deal Skills—3 hours
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—none
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—none

Elective Courses

  • Elective Course #1—4 hours
  • Elective Course #2—3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option
  • Additional elective at student's option
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #3: Foreign-Educated Attorneys—New York Bar Exam Educational Requirements

Required Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Business Associations—4 hours, yes
  • Contracts—4 hours, yes
  • Administrative Law—3 hours, no
  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—3 hours, no
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research—2 hours, no
  • Legal Profession (1st Semester)—3 hours, yes
  • Professionalism Workshop (January)—0, no
  • Professionalism Workshop (August)—0, no

Elective Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Elective Course #1—3 hours, unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option—unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option—unknown

Total Credit Hours: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement for New York Bar: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Disclaimer: Only the New York Board of Legal Examiners has the authority to make a final determination about whether a student has met the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the New York Bar Exam. This checklist is intended to provide guidance for LLM students but does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the New York Bar Exam.

List A: Elective courses that are LIMITED or EXCLUDED in the 24 credit hours of LLM work required by the New York Bar Exam.

LIMITED: These courses may count toward the 24 hours required by the New York bar but only in limited amounts. All credit hours earned for these courses will typically be counted toward the Emory LLM.

  • Clinics (e.g. International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Barton Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic)—4 maximum hours
  • Courses related to legal training taught by law school faculty or affiliated faculty—6 maximum hours

EXCLUDED: Students may take these courses as "extra" hours. They will typically count toward your Emory LLM but will NOT count toward the 24 hours required by the New York Bar Exam.

  • Directed research projects/independent study
  • Externships
  • Any distance, correspondence, or online course
  • Courses not taught on the campus of a US university, even if taught by a US faculty member

List B: New York Bar Exam Tested Content Courses

Review www.nybarexam.org/content/contentoutline.htm for additional information.

Course/Hours

  • Business Associations—3 or 4 hours
  • Civil Procedure—4 hours
  • Constitutional Law—4 hours
  • Contracts—4 hours
  • Criminal Law—3 hours
  • Evidence—3 or 4 hours
  • Family Law I—3 hours
  • Legal Profession—3 hours
  • Legislation & Regulation—2 hours
  • Property—4 hours
  • Secured Transactions—3 hours
  • Torts—4 hours
  • Trusts & Estates—4 hours

The LLM concentration in vulnerability and the human condition allows in-depth exploration of the various manifestations of vulnerability found in both human beings and the societal institutions they create.

Vulnerability theory encompasses consideration of the concept of universal and constant vulnerability and the responsibility of the state to promote policies and laws that foster resilience and equality. For further information about Vulnerability and the Human Condition, please see http://web.gs.emory.edu/vulnerability/

Students enrolled in this concentration must complete a total of 24 credit hours, consisting of course work and either a substantial research paper or an equivalent substantial policy project. Students may choose between two tracks: (1) a vulnerability and the human condition theory track, involving a substantial research paper prepared under the supervision of a faculty member with expertise in theory or (2) a policy track, involving a policy project conducted under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member.

Open to

  • US JD degree holders
  • Foreign-educated attorneys

Degree Requirements

  1. Two semesters of residency as a full-time student
  2. 24 credit hours (course work plus substantial research paper or policy project) consisting of the following courses, seminars, and programs:

Foundational Academic Courses and Seminars

Students must complete 9 credits from among the following.

  • Child, Parent & State (3 credits)
  • Child Advocacy: The Law, the Policy and the Players  (2 credits)
  • Disability & Discrimination
  • Education Law and Policy
  • Elder Law (2–3 credits)
  • Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Family Law (3 credits)
  • Feminist Legal Theory (2–3 credits)
  • Global Public Health Law (3 credits)
  • Health Law (3 credits)
  • Immigration Law (3 credits)
  • International and Comparative Family Law (3 credits)
  • Kids in Conflict with the Law (2 credits)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Law (3 credits)
  • Poverty Law (3 credits)
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Vulnerability and the Law

Policy Track

Theory Track

Students enrolled in the policy track must complete:

  • Three credits of clinical training (e.g. Barton Policy Clinic, Barton Legislative Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic, Appeal for Youth Clinic, Environmental Law Clinic, or Humanitarian Law Clinic)
  • Substantial policy or law reform project under the supervision of a member of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Turner Environmental Law Clinic, or International Humanitarian Law Clinic faculty or other faculty member with relevant experience

Students enrolled in the theory track must complete:

  • Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law (3 credits) or three credits in a graduate course in another discipline, based on the background and interests of the student and approval of the academic adviser
  • Research paper of 15,000 to 16,000 words, under the supervision of a faculty member with expertise in theory

 

The remaining credit hours should be chosen from relevant courses in the JD curriculum or other Emory University graduate courses approved by the academic adviser. 

Additional Elective Seminars and Courses

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Animal Law (3 credits)
  • Advanced International Negotiations
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Bill of Rights
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Federal Housing and Homelessness
  • Feminist Legal Theories
  • LGBT Law
  • Access to Justice Workshop
  • Free Speech and Hate Speech
  • International Environmental Law
  • Politics and Democratic Governance
  • Reproductive Issues
  • Supreme Court and the Family
  • Administrative Law
  • Various human rights and comparative/international topics

Path #1: US JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • Foundation Course #1—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #2—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #3—3 hours
  • (Policy Track) Clinic: Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender, Appeal for Youth, Environmental, or Humanitarian—3 hours; (Theory Track) Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law or other graduate course with approval of the academic adviser—3 hours
  • Directed research paper—3 hours

Elective Courses  

  • Elective Course #1—3 hours
  • Elective Course #2—3 hours
  • Elective Course #3—3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken: 24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #2: Foreign-Educated Attorneys

Required Courses 

  • Foundation Course #1—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #2—3 hours
  • Foundation Course #3—3 hours
  • (Policy Track) Clinic: Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender, Appeal for Youth, Environmental, or Humanitarian - 3 hours; (Theory Track) Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law or other graduate course with approval of the academic adviser—3 hours
  • Directed research paper—3 hours
  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • Professional Workshop (January)—none
  • Professional Workshop (August)—none

Elective Courses

  • Elective Course #1—4 hours
  • Elective Course #2—3 hours
  • (Policy Track) Additional elective at student's option; (Theory Track) Elective Course #3—3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken: Policy Track—24, Theory Track—26

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Path #3: Foreign-Educated Attorneys—New York Bar Exam Educational Requirements

Required Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Foundation Course #1, Family Law I—3 hours, yes
  • Foundation Course #2—3 hours, unknown
  • Foundation Course #3—3 hours, unknown
  • (Policy Track) Clinic: Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender, Appeal for Youth, Environmental, or Humanitarian—3 hours, no; (Theory Track) Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law or other graduate course with approval of the academic adviser—3 hours, no
  • Directed research paper—3 hours
  • Introduction to US Law (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research (1st Semester)—2 hours
  • Professional Workshop (January)—none
  • Professional Workshop (August)—none

Elective Courses+ number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Elective Course #1, NY Bar Tested Content—3 hours, yes
  • Additional elective at student's option—unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option—unknown

Total Credit Hours: 22

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement for New York Bar: 24

Note: Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student—12

Qualifying Foundational Courses

  • Child Welfare Law and Policy (prep for Policy Clinic)
  • Children's Rights (prep for Policy Clinic)
  • Disability and Discrimination
  • Education Law and Policy
  • Elder Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Global Public Health Law
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International and Comparative Family Law
  • Kids in Conflict with the Law/Juvenile Law (prep for Juvenile Defender Clinic)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Law
  • Poverty Law
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Vulnerability and the Law

Disclaimer: Only the New York Board of Legal Examiners has the authority to make a final determination about whether a student has met the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the New York Bar Exam. This checklist is intended to provide guidance for LLM students but does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the New York Bar Exam.

List A: Elective courses that are LIMITED or EXCLUDED in the 24 credit hours of LLM work required by the New York Bar Exam.

LIMITED: These courses may count toward the 24 hours required by the New York bar but only in limited amounts. All credit hours earned for these courses will typically be counted toward the Emory LLM.

  • Clinics (e.g. International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Barton Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic)—4 maximum hours
  • Courses related to legal training taught by law school faculty or affiliated faculty—6 maximum hours

EXCLUDED: Students may take these courses as "extra" hours. They will typically count toward your Emory LLM but will NOT count toward the 24 hours required by the New York Bar Exam.

  • Directed research projects/independent study
  • Externships
  • Any distance, correspondence, or online course
  • Courses not taught on the campus of a US university, even if taught by a US faculty member

List B: New York Bar Exam Tested Content Courses

Review www.nybarexam.org/content/contentoutline.htm for additional information.

Course/Hours

  • Business Associations—3 or 4 hours
  • Civil Procedure—4 hours
  • Constitutional Law—4 hours
  • Contracts—4 hours
  • Criminal Law—3 hours
  • Evidence—3 or 4 hours
  • Family Law I—3 hours
  • Legal Profession—3 hours
  • Legislation & Regulation—2 hours
  • Property—4 hours
  • Secured Transactions—3 hours
  • Torts—4 hours
  • Trusts & Estates—4 hours

The Law and Development LLM specialization is designed for professionals who wish to understand the important relationship between economic development and law, legal frameworks, and institutions. Among others, these include public officials serving in areas connected with economic development, private sector professionals (including international development consultants and those working for development-related NGO’s), and students who wish to develop expertise in this increasingly important area.

The resources within arm’s reach of Emory Law make it ideally situated to offer this concentration to its LLM students. On the Emory University campus alone, the academic programs and initiatives of the Laney Graduate School’s Master’s in Development Practice (MDP), the Global Health Institute, the Institute for Developing Nations, and other university departments offer an incredibly rich environment for study and practice. Beyond the campus, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Carter Center, CARE International, and other world-renowned development institutes are within close reach.

Learn more »

Emory Law Faculty

Emory Law's LLM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world.

Degree Requirements

  1. Two semesters of residency as a full-time student
  2. 24 credit hours (course work plus substantial research paper or policy project) consisting of the following elements:

Required Courses

  • Law and Economic Development: Theory and Practice
  • At least one of the following courses: 
    • Development Economics (3 credits) 
    • International Trade Law and Policy (3 credits) 
    • Law and Development: Social and Political Perspectives (3 credits)
    • Political Economy of Development Practice (3 credits) 

Elective Courses

  • Analytical Methods
  • Business Associations
  • Development Economics
  • Environmental Law
  • Global Health Law
  • Implementation of International Law in the US
  • International IP/International Patent Law
  • International Law
  • International Law & Ethics
  • Law in Public Health
  • Patent Law
  • Patents and their Role in Economic Development and Access to Wealth

 

Central European University in Budapest
Focus on international commercial law and international politics.

For the joint LLM with Central European University, students enter Emory Law’s LLM program and participate in a cooperative program with the legal department of Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Students spend the fall semester in residence at Central European University and the spring semester in residence at Emory. A minimum of 24 credit hours of satisfactory academic work is required. Emphasis is on international commercial law, and the student may elect to receive the degree from either institution.

Open to

  • US graduates with a JD
  • Foreign law graduates

 Degree Requirements

  1. One semester of residency at CEU and one semester of residency at Emory Law
  2. 24 credit hours 

Course Work

Students may select courses in international and comparative law from Emory Law’s catalog of courses and from CEU’s course offerings. 

Learn more about CEU's Legal Studies Department »