How to Apply for the Juris Doctor (JD) Program
Emory Law invites applications for its juris doctor program.
Admission requires the following to consider your application complete.
- Application for Admission
Emory Law’s electronic application is available through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) electronic application at www.lsac.org »
- Two Letters of Recommendation
Emory Law requires that your letters be submitted through the LSAC letter of recommendation service. This service is included in your CAS registration subscription. Your letters will be copied and sent to us along with your CAS report as soon as your file is complete. Do not submit more than two letters of recommendation. Emory Law only participates in the Letter of Recommendation service (not the new Recommender Evaluation service). Emory Law does not require a dean’s certification form.
- CAS (Candidate Assembly Service) Report
A complete CAS report consists of all undergraduate transcripts and at least one reportable LSAT score. Once we receive your application, we will initiate the request for this data from CAS.
- LSAT score: We only consider your highest LSAT score, which must have been taken within the past five years.
- Official transcripts: A transcript from each college and university attended should be sent directly to Law Services, Box 2000-M, Newtown, PA 18940-0993. Do not send this information to Emory Law. The CAS will analyze and duplicate your transcripts and will send a copy to Emory with your LSAT scores.
- Personal Statement
- Lawyers are professional writers. In our experience, virtually all employers look for graduates with superior legal writing skills. Emory devotes substantial resources to teaching legal writing, with all students receiving significant individualized attention. Students who come to law school with solid writing skills are in the best position to take advantage of this training. Accordingly, in making admission decisions, Emory looks carefully at writing ability as evidenced by the LSAT essay, submissions with the application, and letters of recommendation.
- Emory Law requires the submission of a personal statement. You should describe any skills or traits that you have had an opportunity to develop to an unusual level and discuss any significant activities or work experience that might enrich your study of law. You may choose to write about any topic(s) you believe would be most helpful to the Admission Committee as it reviews your application for admission. The personal statement should not exceed two typed, double-spaced pages. Applicants will disadvantage themselves by disregarding this limit.
- Application Fee
- You must pay the $80 nonrefundable application fee ($40 if you apply in September 2014) via the LSAC online application. The nonrefundable fee is not credited to tuition in the event of admission.
- Emory Law offers application fee waivers for financial hardship if LSAC grants you a financial waiver to take the LSAT. If so, please submit a copy of the LSAT financial waiver to email@example.com. Emory Law will contact applicants directly with whom we wish to offer merit-based fee waivers. We encourage all candidates to register for the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) through LSAC.
Applicants should submit all application materials through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website, www.LSAC.org, by the priority application deadline of March 1st, but we will accept applications until June 1. (Students are expected to arrive at Emory the first week of August. Thus, applicants should consider the time necessary to acquire a student visa when determining when to apply.) A completed application will include:
- Emory Law accelerated JD application form and non-refundable $85 application fee
- Personal statement describing your objective in pursuing a JD degree from Emory Law. Please include any experiences, qualifications, or other information you believe to be relevant.
- Transcripts—translated, if not in English, through the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Emory Law School requires the use of the LSAC CAS for transcript and credential evaluation.
- A curriculum vitae (resume)
- Two letters of recommendation submitted via LSAC's document assembly service. These letters of recommendation should preferably come from individuals who can speak to your ability to succeed in an academic context.
- TOEFL or IELTS score submitted via LSAC's document assembly service
Admission to the Accelerated JD for Foreign-Trained Lawyers program is competitive. All candidates are considered for admission on a holistic basis and are required to participate in an evaluative interview with Emory Law admission staff before a final decision is made.
Applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered by Law Services of Newtown, PA. Students must apply to take the test directly with Law Services, Box 2001, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940, www.lsac.org, 215.968.1001.
Emory also requires use of the Candidate Assembly Service (CAS) provided by Law Services. The CAS submits an unofficial copy of the applicant's college transcript, letters of recommendation, and LSAT score to Emory Law.
We strongly recommend taking the June, October, or December LSAT exam the year before entering law school. However, we do accept the February LSAT.
Get A Head Start On Your Law School Career:
Applicants may apply to Emory Law through the Accelerated Decision Program. As an Accelerated Decision candidate, you can
- Receive your admission decision 14 days after your file becomes complete
- Be considered for merit-based scholarships sooner than regular decision applicants (All students admitted through this program will be awarded a merit based scholarship. However, amounts are not determined until later in the admission cycle.)
- Have the security of knowing where you will be next fall
- Have the ability to plan for housing, health insurance, and other law school requirements
- Avoid the expense of numerous law school applications
Specifics About the Program:
While all candidates are eligible to apply through the Accelerated Decision (AD) program, this is a binding commitment program, so please review the following information carefully to decide whether the AD program is right for you.
- AD applicants will be notified of their decision no later than 14 days after the application for admission is complete.
- If admitted under the AD program, the candidate must submit a nonrefundable deposit of $750 within 14 days of admission.
- This is a binding decision program.
- An AD applicant must enroll in Emory Law if accepted under this program.
- An AD applicant may apply to other law schools, but once admitted to Emory Law through this program, he or she must withdraw all other law school applications and may not apply to any other law schools.
- An AD applicant may not apply for another binding early decision program at another law school.
- Merit-based scholarships will awarded following admission. However, the AD program is not recommended for those who need to know their full financial aid package before paying a deposit.
- Candidates admitted under the AD program may not defer admission.
- Emory Law reserves the right to provide other law schools with the names of applicants admitted under the AD program.
- AD applicants who are not admitted through the AD program but are transferred to the regular applicant pool can keep admission applications to other law schools open and initiate new applications. These AD applicants are not bound to enroll at Emory Law if offered admission later in the admissions season as part of the regular decision process.
Emory Law invites previous applicants to reapply for the Fall 2014 entering class (Class of 2017).
To reapply, submit a new application through the LSAC electronic application service. On your application, indicate you are reapplying. We no longer reactivate previous applications. It will be necessary for you to submit all documents required of new applicants. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Students in good standing at other accredited law schools (ABA-AALS) may transfer to Emory Law after their first year if ranked in the upper half of their class.
How to Apply
- Fall 2014 application deadline: August 18, 2014.
- All materials must be submitted through the online application process at www.lsac.org, except for the Dean's Certification letter and your official law school transcripts, which must be sent directly to Emory Law.
Application Requirement Changes
- You may now apply using only one semester of grades.
- Only one letter of recommendation is required, sent through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (you may choose to submit one additional letter of recommendation as well).
- Your letters of recommendation may be the same letters you submitted for your 1L applications to any law schools.
- If, after review of your application, the admission committee requires a letter from one of your law school professors, you will be notified.
- Part-time students must complete the equivalent of a full-time first year curriculum at their institutions.
- Students ineligible for readmission to another law school may not transfer to Emory.
- No credit is awarded for law coursework completed with a grade lower than a C or its equivalent.
- Transfer students will be credited with acceptable hours earned elsewhere.
- You may graduate after successfully completing four full semesters of residence and 90 semester hours, at least 58 of which have been completed at Emory.
- Once you have paid your deposit and committed to Emory Law, you may start to use the Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy immediately.
- Transfer students are not eligible for scholarship assistance in the first year of enrollment at Emory Law.
- Application fee paid via LSAC
- Application for Admission via LSAC (including self-disclosure of class rank)
- One letter of recommendation, sent through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (applicants may choose to submit one additional letter of recommendation as well)
- Personal statement via LSAC
- Resume or statement of activities via LSAC
- First semester law school transcripts sent directly toEmory University School of Law, Office of Admission, 1301 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
- A transcript indicating your second semester grades. This should be sent as soon as it is available.
Note: A Dean's Certification Letter is not required until after admission. Admission is conditional on a statement indicating that you are in good standing and eligible to return for the next term and that your class rank is consistent with what was self-disclosed on your application. The letter should be sent directly to Emory University School of Law, Office of Admission, 1301 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322.
Any law student who has completed a minimum of one year in good standing at a fully accredited (ABA-AALS) law school may attend Emory Law as a guest student.
To express interest, write to the Office of Admission. Approval of courses and certification of good standing from the student's own law school are required. A copy of the first page of the students LSDAS Report is required.
Guest students are admitted on a space available basis. Guest students intending to enroll at Emory should be aware of the law school's policy of anonymous grading of exams. This policy does not allow for any individual student's examination to be graded separate from the rest of the class. As a result, Emory often is not able to supply a guest student with grade information at the time required by that student's degree-granting school.
Before choosing to visit Emory, particularly during one's final semester of the third-year of law school, you are urged to consult with your home law school about Emory’s grading policy. This policy could result in a delay in your home school's issuance of your final degree.
Guest applications: June 30 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring semester. Download the application form »
Students may apply to audit classes at Emory Law for the Spring or Fall semester. A bachelor's degree is required.
To apply, submit your application along with a current resume and copy of your final undergraduate transcript indicating the date of your degree conferral.
Auditing students are admitted on a space available basis.
Audit applications: July 15 for the Fall semester and December 15 for the Spring semester. Download the application form »
Guidance on Bar Character and Fitness Requirements
The Character and Fitness questions on Emory Law’s application sometimes provide a bit of anxiety for applicants. This guide is intended to ensure your answers are complete and accurate, which will greatly assist you when you apply to be a licensed lawyer in your chosen state after graduation from law school.
When you apply for Bar licensure to practice law, you will undergo a rigorous character evaluation from the Bar Admission’s Character and Fitness Committee in the state(s) in which you wish to practice. As part of the Bar application, many states ask you to submit a copy of your law school application. The committee will compare your answers to its questions with those provided in your school application.
If your answers are inconsistent, the Bar Committee will initiate a more intensive review of your file. For example, it may contact your law school to question whether you would have been admitted in light of this new information. You may suffer sanctions and revocation of law school admission for failing to disclose. The Bar Committee may schedule an in-person hearing to ask you why you failed to disclose information earlier. In some instances, the committee may delay your certification of fitness, which in turn may prevent you from becoming a lawyer as soon as you may like.
Each state’s character and fitness questions are unique to that jurisdiction. Emory Law’s questions capture as much information as possible to assist you when you apply to be a licensed lawyer in your chosen state(s) and when you undergo the evaluation by the state’s Bar Admission Character and Fitness Committee.
Below is specific guidance on the four fitness and character questions found on Emory Law’s application for admission. Two principles govern you while completing this part of the application:
- When in doubt, disclose.
- If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
We understand that our character and fitness questions may be more rigorous than other schools to which you apply. As with all aspects of the Emory Law experience, your integrity, honesty, and character in answering these questions completely is fundamental to the community we strive to maintain.
Have you ever been subject to any academic disciplinary action while in college or any educational setting since high school, regardless of the outcome of the action? This includes academic probation, warning, reprimand, suspension, expulsion, dismissal, or any type of academic discipline.
This questions concerns any sort of academic misconduct or allegations of misconduct with which you may have been involved. Regardless of the resolution, you must disclose. Examples of academic misconduct include—but are not limited to—accusations of using Internet research inappropriately in a class assignment, allegations of inappropriate collaborations on a take-home exam, accusations of misbehavior during an assignment or exam, academic probation, academic suspension, expulsion, or any other academic irregularities.
You must disclose these allegations regardless of what an adjudicator, dean of students, professor or anyone else told you. We understand that at some schools allegations and sanctions may be removed from your file after a certain time. However, you still must disclose that they did occur. If you were found responsible/guilty, describe any sanctions levied against you (failing grade, grade reduction, community service, expulsion, etc.)
- When in doubt, disclose.
- If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample Scenario: During his freshman year, Alex attended orientation at State University. During the program, he had to write an essay about the school's history. He and a friend worked together on their papers and shared research. The orientation coordinator discovered similarities in the papers and initiated academic proceedings against them. The dean of students met with Alex, verbally reprimanded him and sent Alex on his way. The dean said he would not make a notation on Alex’s file and that this event would be between them unless Alex repeated the offense. Alex graduated four years later with a 3.9 GPA with no further issues.
Alex should report this incident to Emory Law.
Have you ever been accused of, reprimanded for, detained for, or charged with any criminal offense or school conduct violation, regardless of the outcome? This includes any criminal accusations, including traffic offenses, except for parking violations. This also includes any reprimands or social actions while in college or any educational setting since high school (such as noise violations). If yes, submit an addendum titled Social Conduct to explain the situation, including the background and circumstances as well as the outcome and resolution. Disclose even if any charges were dismissed, or if you were acquitted or allowed to plead nolo contendere, or if the conviction was reversed, set aside or vacated, or if the record was sealed or expunged. You must disclose regardless of whether you have been told you need not disclose any such instance. When in doubt, disclose.
This question should be viewed in two parts.
First, have you ever been accused of or sanctioned for any criminal conduct, regardless of when it occurred? This includes allegations of juvenile criminal conduct. It does not matter if the situation was sent to a diversion program or any other alternative resolution forum, was dismissed before court, was removed from your record after community service was performed, was expunged or otherwise removed from your record. You must disclose the allegations. In addition, if you were punished, you must also explain the sanctions, including whether they were probation, incarceration, community service, curfew, or other punishment.
We understand that at the time of the allegations and dispute resolution, a judge, lawyer, adviser, or someone else may have told you the matter would be removed from your record or that your record would be sealed. You still must disclose the incident. The underlying point of this question is to disclose any interaction you have had with the criminal system, regardless of the outcome.
Emory Law requires that you submit information on traffic tickets as well. A simple recitation of the ticket, approximate date, background on the situation and resolution—including any fines or other sanctions—will suffice.
The second part of this question relates to social conduct allegations or violations. This deals with incidents that occurred while in college or other post-secondary education such as noise violations, alcohol citations, disruptive behavior, or other incidents that violated your school’s conduct policy. Even if the allegation, violation, citation, or other reprimand was removed from your record, and regardless of whether someone told you otherwise, you must disclose it to Emory Law.
Sample Scenario 1:Georgette shoplifted from a store when she was 13 years old. As part of the county’s juvenile justice program, she was sent to an alternative juvenile court where a jury of high school peers sentenced her to write a letter of apology. All records of the incident were destroyed, and the incident never appeared on Georgette’s criminal record. Moreover, the supervising attorney coordinating the juvenile court specifically told Georgette she would never need to tell anyone about this incident.
Emory Law requires Georgette disclose this incident.
Sample Scenario 2:During orientation, Sam was cited for playing his radio too loudly in the dorm. The floor RA told Sam never to do it again and had Sam write an e-mail of apology.
Sam should disclose this incident.
Have you ever taken a voluntary or involuntary leave of absence or have your studies been interrupted during your undergraduate, graduate, or professional school attendance, apart from regularly scheduled breaks?
Note: This question does not apply for normal scheduled breaks in your academic studies. If you took a semester or more off, either voluntary or involuntary, let us know and describe why your education was interrupted and what you did during the interruption.
Were you ever separated from any branch of the armed forces or the Coast Guard under conditions other than honorable? If yes, submit an addendum titled Military Separation.
Disclose any dishonorable separations from military service.