LLM Degree Requirements

In general, LLM degree candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Successfully complete a first law degree prior to matriculation in the Emory Law LLM program. For US candidates, this is a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school. For foreign candidates, this is the first law degree that allows one to practice law in their home country. A list of minimum degree requirements by country is available on the LSAC website.
  • Attend the orientation program, conducted prior to the beginning of law courses.
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA and remain in good standing.
  • Students in the on-campus format of the LLM must complete two semesters of full-time residency, defined as being enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. Part-time LLM enrollment may be permissible and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students in the online format of the LLM must successfully complete the 3-credit online introductory Lawyers as Leaders course during their first semester and earn a total of 21 credits of upper-division courses.

For foreign-trained attorneys, additional requirements and recommendations apply.

  • LLM students without a US JD degree must successfully complete the 2-credit hour Introduction to the US Legal System course. This course begins during the orientation period, and continues through a portion of the first semester. This course counts toward the 24 credit hour LLM degree requirement. This course also fulfills the American legal systems educational requirement for the New York Bar Exam.
  • Foreign-trained attorneys are also required to take the American Legal Writing, Analysis and Research course. This course counts toward the 24 credit hour LLM degree requirement. This course also fulfills the legal writing educational requirement for the New York Bar Exam.
  • To sit for the bar exam in a US jurisdiction, LLM students must also comply with the specific state requirements for each state in which they seek admission. It is solely the student’s responsibility to understand, enroll, and complete all credits required for any examination or licensing.

Specific LLM concentrations in the on-campus format each have their own specified educational requirements. Please refer to the LLM concentrations section to explore each LLM concentration’s educational requirements.

  • Child Law and Policy
  • Generalized Studies
  • Human Rights Law
  • Public Law & Regulation
  • Transactional Law
  • Vulnerability & the Human Condition
  • Business Law and Regulation (Online)
  • Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation (Online)

Joint LLM Degree with Central European University

Joint LLM with CEU students 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. The emphasis is on international commercial law and the student may elect to receive the degree from either institution. Learn more about the requirements and structure of this joint degree program with CEU »