LLM Eligibility

The LLM is a 24-credit-hour degree. There are two different types of qualifications an applicant may have:

  • US-trained lawyers are defined as those who have earned a JD from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Foreign-trained lawyers are those who have earned a first degree in law or its equivalent in a jurisdiction other than the United States. First law degree designations vary by country. For a list of law degrees that meet this requirement, please refer to the Minimum Degree Requirements by Country chart found on the LSAC website »

Admission is based on the applicant’s academic training, professional background, personal statement, and professional and academic references. Strong candidates will possess an excellent academic record and serious interest in experiencing legal education at a superior educational environment.

English Language Ability

Students in the LLM program should be prepared to read and discuss in class difficult technical material. Non-native English speaking LLM students are examined separately from the JD students in their classes. All LLM students are graded separately from JD students in the same class. Daily class preparation is demanding. Students with English language limitations may have difficulty. Only students who feel confident in their English language ability should apply.

For this reason, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of foreign applicants seeking admission from nations in which English is not the primary language of instruction. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test, 100 on the Internet-based test, or 250 on the computer-based test is expected. Emory Law also accepts scores from the IELTS examination; a minimum score of 7.0 is expected.