Graduate Policies

Emory Law has established these policies for the JM, LLM, and SJD programs.

Law students who withdraw from school may qualify for a pro-rated tuition adjustment. All adjustments must be authorized by the Office of the University Registrar. Adjustments for first-time matriculants who are federal (Title IV) aid recipients will be pro-rated in accordance with the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 and any related regulations. The initial $750 deposit is not refundable. Law students may cancel registration through the last day of the law school schedule change period for a full adjustment. After the last day for cancellation of registration, the schedule of adjustments is as follows: during the second week of the term, eighty percent; during the third week sixty percent; during the fourth week, forty percent; and during the fifth week, twenty percent. There will be no adjustments after the fifth week. No adjustment is given if a part of the load is dropped after the last day for approved schedule changes as specified in the Law School calendar.
All financial obligations to the university must be satisfied before a student can graduate. Certifications to bar examining committees or potential employers will not be completed until all financial obligations to the university have been fulfilled. In case of outstanding loans not yet due and payable, satisfactory loan documents must have been executed and delivered to the university and all payments must be current.

All students operating motor vehicles on the Emory Campus must register with the Parking Office prior to operating the vehicle on campus. Motorcycles and other two-wheeled motor vehicles require no registration, but must be operated and parked in accordance with the university's parking rules and regulations.

University regulations, strictly enforced in housing areas and on campus, are specified in a regulation booklet furnished at the time of parking registration. Persons operating vehicles on campus are expected to know and abide by these regulations. Failure to do so may result in fines and/or removal of vehicle from campus. Deck access is furnished to commuting students. The Lowergate South Deck is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Other parking decks are available as space permits. Contact the Office of Parking and Community Services for further details at 404.727.PARK. 

The Board of Trustees of Emory University has adopted a statement of policy dealing with University-student relationships, a digest of which follows.

Emory University was founded on Christian principles by the Methodist Church and proudly continues its church relationship as an agency dedicated to seeking and imparting truth.

Emory University admits qualified students of any sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Emory University. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, and other Emory University-administered programs.

Attendance at Emory University is a privilege and not a right. However, no student will be dismissed except in accordance with prescribed procedures. Students applying for admission do so voluntarily and are free to withdraw at their pleasure, subject to compliance with the regulations of their school or college governing withdrawal and to the fulfillment of their financial obligations to the University.

Upon matriculation at Emory, each student agrees to be bound by the rules, policies, procedures, and administrative regulations as the regulations exist at the time of admission and as the regulations may be changed by duly constituted authority.

By admission as a student at Emory University, a person acquires the right to pursue the course of study to which he or she is admitted, and to be treated with the dignity appropriate to an adult person in all matters relating to the University. In the same spirit, the student shall comply with the rules and regulations of Emory University.

Students will be provided the opportunity to participate in the development of rules and procedures pertaining to University affairs to the extent that such participation and the results thereof, as determined by the Board of Trustees or its designated agent, are consistent with orderly processes and with the policies and administrative responsibilities of the Board of Trustees and the administration.

The University expects students to conduct themselves with dignity, courtesy, responsibility, and integrity and with due respect for the rights of others, realizing that sobriety and morality are not only characteristics of a mature and responsible person but are essential to the maintenance of a free and orderly society.

Membership in and rules governing admission to student organizations shall be determined by the organizations themselves, and such rules shall not be required to be uniform so long as these rules do not contravene any policy established by the Board of Trustees.

Emory University is an educational institution, not a vehicle for political or social action. It endorses the right of dissent and protects and encourages reasonable exercise of this right by individuals within the University. Because the right of dissent is subject to abuse, the Board of Trustees and the president have published a statement to clarify policy concerning such abuse, a digest of which follows.

Individuals associated with Emory represent a variety of viewpoints; the University fosters the free expression and interchange of differing views through oral and written discourse and logical persuasion.

Dissent, to be acceptable, must be orderly and peaceful and represent constructive alternatives reasonably presented.

Coercion, threats, demands, obscenity, vulgarity, obstructionism, and violence are not acceptable.

Demonstrations, marches, sit-ins, or noisy protests that are designed or intended to or do disrupt normal institutional pursuits will not be permitted.

Classes and routine operations will not be suspended except for reasonable cause as determined by the president.

Administrators, faculty, other employees, and students are expected to abide by these standards of conduct in promoting their views, particularly dissent.

Persons who are not so inclined should not become associated with Emory nor continue to be associated with Emory.

Academic and administrative procedures will protect individuals in their right of free expression and provide for prompt and appropriate action against those individuals who abuse such right.

As a condition of admission and continuation, each student agrees to abide by the rules, regulations, practices, and policies of the university as they exist at the time of admission, and as they may be changed during the student's continuation. Each student also agrees to pay all fines, penalties, assessments, and charges imposed by the university on the student, for violations of rules or regulations of the university or of the law school, including campus parking, traffic, and safety regulations. Such charges, if not paid, will be added to the student's financial accounts with the university and dealt with on the same basis as unpaid tuition or rent charges.

Student conduct and misconduct proceedings are dealt with under the law school’s professional conduct code. The code promotes an intellectual and educational environment throughout the community in which all members have maximum opportunities to attain their educational objectives. As a professional school, the law school is also interested in the character and fitness of its students for participation in the legal profession. The code also provides a measure of protection for the activity, safety, welfare, and property of all members of the university community and of the university itself. Fair treatment is assured to those charged with code violations. All law students are members of the university community and are presumed to know that:

the requirements of student conduct expressed and implied in the code are in effect and applicable to all law students;

  • each student is individually responsible for violations of these requirements;
  • continuation as a law student is conditioned on compliance with these requirements;
  • violations of these requirements will be met with appropriate sanctions; and
  • as student members of the university community, law students are subject to the jurisdiction of its officers, agencies, and authorities with respect to any violation of professional conduct code requirements.
Students are expected to be aware of and abide by specific policies formulated by Emory University concerning confidentiality, discrimination and harassment, and sexual assault. What follows is a brief summary; the full statements of these policies, as well as those of other university policies, are published annually in the Campus Life Handbook.

Emory University recognizes the student's right of privacy and is committed to protecting students from improper disclosure of private information. Regarding the confidentiality of the information which becomes a part of the student's permanent records and the conditions of its disclosure, the university has adopted a policy that reflects a reasonable balance between its obligations for the protection of the rights and privacy of the students and its responsibility to society.

It is the policy of Emory University that all employees and students should be able to enjoy and work in an educational environment free from discriminatory harassment. Harassment of any person or group of persons on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran's status is a form of discrimination specifically prohibited in the Emory University community. Any employee, student, student organization, or person privileged to work or study in the Emory University community who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including permanent exclusion from the university. The scholarly, educational, or artistic content of any written, oral, or other presentation or inquiry shall not be limited by this policy. The preceding provision is liberally construed with intent that academic freedom shall be allowed to all members of the academic community; however, this provision shall not be used as a pre-textual basis for violation of the policy.

The Emory University community expects all of its members to treat other persons with respect and dignity and will not tolerate any form of sexual assault. Sexual activity should be explicitly agreed upon by both parties. The university shall proceed with disciplinary and/or remedial actions as needed when it appears that the university’s prohibition against any form of sexual abuse has been violated. A student charged with sexual assault may be disciplined under the university's code of student conduct as prosecuted under Georgia's criminal statutes. The university also has in place procedures to provide emotional and medical support to a victim of sexual assault within the Emory community.