Office of the Registrar
Emory University School of Law's Office of the Registrar works with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to ensure adherence to university policies and procedures.
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APPLYING TO GRADUATE FOR MAY 2017
All schools at Emory University participate in online degree application submissions. Students may apply to graduate online through their OPUS account beginning January 3, 2017. The deadline to complete your application is February 3, 2017.
ATTENTION DUAL DEGREE STUDENTS ONLY: You must submit a degree application to both schools. You will apply online, in OPUS, for the degree of the school in which you are currently enrolled. A paper degree application should be completed and submitted to the other school. Online and/or paper degree applications are due to both schools by the application deadline.
Be sure to check the degree information display carefully as you apply to ensure your diploma will be ordered correctly. Double-check the following:
- Is your name spelled correctly in OPUS? (Learn more about name changes at Emory University>>)
- Are you applying for the degree you think you are?
- Is your major listed correctly?
Please know eligibility to apply for graduation does not necessarily mean that you have met all graduation requirements for your degree program.
Once the deadline to apply has passed, the option to apply online will no longer be available in OPUS. After the deadline, late degree applications will need to be completed using the paper form available from your school or on the Office of the Registrar's website. An application received after the deadline for the term must be accompanied by a $25.00 late application fee and submitted to your school. If a late application is accepted by the Office of the Registrar there is no guarantee the diploma will be available at commencement, particularly for spring degree applicants.
The Emory Law Registrar is an adjunct of Emory University's Office of the Registrar, administering university policies and procedures for students, faculty, staff, and alumni within the School of Law. Services include
- Determining enrollment status, academic standing, and class rank
- Counseling with students regarding their degree requirements
- Preparing certifications for bar exams, bar loans, and bar registration
- Advising students with issues including course overloads, leaves of absence, audits, and withdrawals
- Coordinating preparation of the internal student directory and student mail files
- Planning and coordinating the law school's commencement ceremony and related activities
A degree application must be filed with the law school registrar's office before the degree application deadline. An application received after the deadline for the term in which graduation is planned must be accompanied by a $25.00 late application fee. If a late application is accepted, there is no guarantee that the diploma will be available at commencement.
To apply, check your OPUS Student Center account. If the application does not appear there, please contact the Registrar's Office.
Since requirements for bar admission vary by state, students are strongly encouraged to review requirements for the specific area in which they intend to practice.
American Bar Association Character and Fitness Statement
All applicants must complete an Emory University School of Law application through the Law School Admission Council. Answer each question honestly and completely. Failure to do so may result in the denial or revocation of your admission, suspension or dismissal after matriculation, withdrawal of certification of graduation, or revocation of your degree.
If you have been convicted of offenses other than minor traffic violations or if you withhold required information on this application, you may have difficulty gaining Bar admission. State bar organizations often require that you include your law school application as part of your Bar admission application. Accordingly, your answers in your Emory Law application relating to these matters often will be part of your record. As each state bar has specific admission requirements, you should review the requirements for the state in which you intend to practice.
Excluding minor traffic offenses, you must disclose each instance prior to or after your matriculation at Emory Law if admitted even though the charges may have been dismissed or you were acquitted or allowed to plead nolo contendere or an adjudication was withheld or a conviction was reversed, set aside or vacated, or the record sealed or expunged, and regardless of whether you have been told you need not disclose any such instance.
We reserve the right to rescind an offer of admission even after enrollment if any requested information is incomplete or inaccurate.
Did you know . . .
Before you are admitted to any state’s bar and get your license to practice law, you must be approved by the bar’s committee on character and fitness. In many states, like Georgia, you must be approved before you can take the bar exam.
You will be required to answer questions relating to your honesty, fiscal responsibility, compliance with court orders, record of criminal activity, mental and emotional stability, and any misuse of alcohol and controlled substances, including prescription medications.
Examples of conduct the bar may view as grounds to deny certification:
- intentional failure to file tax returns
- non-compliance with court orders, including orders of child support and summonses to appear in court or serve on a jury
- commission of a felony, including the misuse or wrongful distribution of prescription medications as well as street drugs
- failure to repay student loans or other debts
- a pattern of traffic tickets or DUI arrests
- any theft or fraud, e.g. shoplifting or credit card misuse
- academic plagiarism or misconduct
- series of misdemeanor arrests
- repeated frivolous litigation
- statements disparaging or threatening the rights or safety of others or showing disrespect for the law or courts
- failure to acknowledge and get treatment for addiction or substance abuse
- discrepancies between the disclosures made to the bar and other documents or records (i.e., lack of candor)
The burden of proof is on the applicant, who must establish and document his or her current good character and fitness to practice law.
The most common reason for denial of a bar applicant in Georgia is “A pattern of dishonesty in dealings with employers, schools, and authorities, including the Office of Bar Admissions.”
The bar committee will scrutinize documents that usually include your law school application; your work history; your credit reports; your driving record; the disposition of any kind of civil lawsuit involving you; any criminal record, including juvenile and expunged records.
In Georgia, any applicant who has been convicted of a DUI charge or its equivalent is ineligible to be certified by the character and fitness committee for at least twelve (12) months after the date of conviction.
One of the extraordinary benefits of being a student at Emory Law is the access you have to courses and faculty members in the other Emory graduate schools. Whether you’re interested in exploring health policy with the Rollins School, learning more about empire-building finance at the Goizueta Business School, or developing fluency in French or Spanish at the Laney Graduate School, you should consider taking full advantage of the cross-registration opportunities we offer. Second- and third-year JD students may count up to 3 credits from courses taken at other Emory graduate schools toward their degree requirements.
Add: Students interested in cross-registering into or out of the law school should submit petitions through the law school Registrar’s Office.
- Each law student is responsible for first checking OPUS to verify that the course of interest is open.
- In order to complete the cross-registration process, all students will need to complete and submit their petitions during the host school’s cross-registration enrollment period. To confirm the host school’s cross-registration enrollment period, please refer to that school’s Academic Calendar or the host school’s Registrar’s Office.
Drop: If you are interested in dropping a cross-registered course, you may do so as long as you are in compliance with all cross-registration deadlines. In order to drop the cross-registered course, please notify the law school Registrar's Office. The law school Registrar’s Office will process the drop and notify the host school.
- Please note, if an Emory Law student needs to drop a law course after our add/drop deadline due to late acceptance into a cross-registered course, our office will drop you without penalty from the law course.
Time Conflicts: Your cross-registered course cannot conflict with anything on your law schedule. You must allow travel time between schools as well. You are responsible for understanding the schedule and rules at the school where you cross-register.
- Students may not make arrangements with faculty at either school to leave early or arrive late in order to accommodate a cross-registered course.
Approved vs. Enrolled: It is important to note that faculty approval does not guarantee enrollment in the course. If the faculty member approves your request, you should complete the online form. The law school will forward on to the host school’s Registrar’s Office your request for final processing. The law school Registrar’s Office will enroll you if there is available space in the course. The law school must work with the host school to confirm student enrollment; this can take up to 72 hours from time of submission.
Grades: The host school’s grade scale will be the grade of record that will appear on your transcript. It will not, however, be used in the calculation of honors. Grades are not converted between schools. Whatever grade you are assigned at the host school will appear on your Emory Law transcript.
- Most graduate schools do not allow pass/fail grading, and you should not try to negotiate different grading with the professor. If you have any specific questions about grading at the host school, you will want to follow up with their Registrar’s Office.
The law school registrar forwards name changes to the Emory University Office of the Registrar. Students must provide one of the following with the changed name:
- marriage license,
- court order, or
- driver's license plus one of the following: social security card, credit card, or blank check showing name and address.
Request for a replacement diploma must be made in writing to the Office of the Registrar, 1301 B. Jones Center, Atlanta, GA 30322. Cost of replacement is $35.00 payable by cash, check, or money order, payable to Emory University. Processing time is approximately 6 to 8 weeks. Requests must include the name to appear on the diploma, the graduation year, the degree received, phone number where you can be reached, and physical address. Since the diploma will be mailed via Federal Express, please do not send a PO Box address. Requests also can be made in person at the Office of the Registrar.