Transfer and Visiting Students

The best and brightest minds from around the world choose Emory Law because of its reputation for academic excellence, career placement, and as a nationally ranked top-20 law school. Emory Law values the contributions of our transfer and visiting students, and would be honored to have you join the ranks of our mutually supportive, diverse, and high-achieving students.   

Transfer students may apply after the completion of your first year; visiting students are invited to join us during the third year of law school.  

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Our students are highly engaged in the life of the school, a community that connects, supports, and encourages them.

How to Apply

Students in good standing at other accredited law schools (ABA-AALS) may transfer to Emory Law after their first year. We review applications holistically, taking all components into consideration. Apply online through LSAC »

Applicant Checklist

  1. Application fee paid via LSAC
  2. Application for Admission via LSAC (including self-disclosure of class rank)
  3. One letter of recommendation, sent through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (applicants may choose to submit one additional letter of recommendation as well)
  4. Personal statement via LSAC
  5. Resume or statement of activities via LSAC
  6. First semester law school transcript sent directly to Emory University School of Law, Office of Admission, 1301 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
  7. A transcript indicating your second semester grades should be sent as soon as it is available. Emory Law will review applicants after one semester of law school grades and rank. The admission committee may defer a decision until a full year of academic grades and rank are available.
  8. Dean's Certification Letter (not required until after admission) indicating that you are in good standing and eligible to return for the next term and that your class rank is consistent with your application self-disclosure. The letter should be sent directly to Emory University School of Law, Office of Admission, 1301 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322.
  9. The deadline for Fall 2017 is August 14, 2017.

Guidelines

  • Emory Law will review applicants after one semester of law school grades and rank. The admission committee may defer a decision until the full year of academic grades and rank are available.
  • 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. 
  • Transfer students are not eligible to study abroad.

  • For law school courses that offer the choice of “A-F” or “Pass/Fail,” transfer students must enroll in the “graded” option.  (Classes that are exclusively offered “Pass/Fail” are acceptable.)

  • Transfer students are not eligible to enroll in classes outside Emory Law School.

Broaden your legal education with a semester at Emory Law.

Emory Law offers third-year law students the unique opportunity to attend a top-tier, internationally acclaimed law school as a visiting student. The application process is effortless, and there’s no application fee.

Visiting students benefit in so many tangible ways from the Emory Law experience:

  • Learning and living in the energetic Atlanta metropolitan area—with a population of more than 5 million people, the Southeast's largest city provides countless opportunities for legal networking, externships, and summer jobs
  • Connecting with Emory University, internationally recognized for its outstanding liberal arts colleges, graduate and professional schools, and one of the Southeast's leading health care systems.
  • Attending classes taught by leading scholars and outstanding teachers from the United States and around the world
  • Networking with Emory Law alumni all around the world after you graduate
  • Accessing our extensive professional development resources through Career Center curricular programs and resources, externship opportunitiespractice societies, and more
  • Leveraging the resources of Emory’s nationally recognized libraries, including the MacMillan Law Library and its expert research team
  • Scheduling courses that match your areas of interest from our full course schedule as well as approved Emory University classes

Requirements

Any third-year law student in good standing at a fully accredited (ABA-AALS) law school may attend Emory Law as a visiting student. Admission is on a space-available basis.

  1. Email the Office of Admission to express your interest.
  2. Provide certification of good standing at your own law school and a copy of the first page of your LSDAS Report.
  3. Course selection(s) must be approved by your law school dean.
  4. Provide a current law school transcript. The transcript can be sent via e-mail, fax, or mail. 

Note: Emory Law’s policy of anonymous exam grading means that visiting students’ exams are not graded separately from the rest of the class, which may conflict with some law schools’ required grade information deadlines.

Deadlines

Guest applications: August 1 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring semester.

Start 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. 

Deadlines

Audit applications: July 15 for the Fall semester and December 15 for the Spring semester. 

Download the application form »

All incoming international students are required to attend the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Orientation session during orientation. 

New students who are not US citizens or permanent residents must obtain visas through a US consulate. Contact a US embassy or consulate in your country for details.

Resources

F-1 Visas

To apply for an F-1 visa, you will need:

  1. Completed Financial Certificate, along with supporting documentation
  2. Completed I-20 form
  3. Letter from Emory Law School offering you admission and specifying the terms of admission and support and if granted a scholarship separately
  4. Passport and payment for fees

Please visit the International Student and Scholar Services pre-arrival website, which includes information about obtaining a visa »

J-1 Visas

The J-1 visa is primarily used by students who come via a sponsored exchange, or who are sponsored by a funder who requires a J-1 visa. If you think you need a J-1 visa, please contact Emory’s International Student and Scholar Services »


Obtaining a Visa

1. Complete the Financial Certificate. Before the university will issue documents in support of visas, international students must demonstrate their ability to cover the full cost of educational and living expenses, either from personal resources or from a combination of personal resources and financial awards, including tuition scholarships and fellowships from the Law School. We need this ompleted form as well as financial statements to support the information included on this form. Any financial documents you send must be current and official. If you have a sponsor or agency supporting you, then documents should show their names on statements.

2. For F-1 visas: Complete the I-20 form. Your answers the questions on this form determine how your I-20 will be processed. If you’re transferring from another US institution to Emory, you must still complete this form and refer to item 4 below.

3. Send the Financial Certificate, the I-20 form, and all supporting documents to the admission office. You can email scanned copies of the documents, but originals must be mailed to Emory Law. Emory will process the information and issue the I-20 form required to support your visa application. We will send it directly to you, so make sure that we have the most up to date address on file.

4. If you are a transfer student, have your immigration record transferred electronically through SEVIS to Emory University. If you are studying at another university in the U.S. and will be transferring to Emory, you will need to follow a special set of procedures and use a special form. You'll find instructions on this website. Note that we also need all of the supporting documentation outlined above.

5. All documents should be mailed to:

Emory University School of Law
Attn: Andrea Schmoyer
1301 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

6. Please notify the admissions office by email when you send your documents by mail.