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.  

Emory Law Student Commons

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

Regular Decision Transfer Applicants

All transfers admitted through our Regular Decision admission process will be required to submit a $1,000 non-refundable deposit by the deadline indicated in their decision letter. 

Early Decision Program

Transfer applicants are invited to apply to Emory Law through our Early Decision Program. The deadline for Early Decision applications is June 1, 2019. If admitted through the Early Decision program, you will have one week to inform the law school of your intent to enroll. Your acceptance via our Early Decision program will be contingent on receipt of a final transcript with all semester grades posted indicating there has not been a substantial change in GPA and/or class rank.

As an Early Decision candidate, you can...

  • Receive your admission decision 14 days after your file becomes complete
  • 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 transfer candidates are eligible to apply through the Early Decision program, this is a binding commitment program, so please review the following information carefully to decide whether the Early Decision program is right for you.

  • Early Decision applicants will be notified of their decision no later than 14 days after the application for admission is complete.
  • If admitted under the Early Decision program, the candidate must submit a nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 within 14 days of admission.
  • This is a binding decision program.
    • An Early Decision applicant must enroll in Emory Law if accepted under this program.
    • An Early Decision 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.

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 from a First-Year Law School Professor 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 2019 is August 1, 2019.


  • 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


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.


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

Start the application form »

Obtaining a Visa to Attend Emory Law

Once you have accepted our offer of admission and paid the full tuition deposit, our office will send you an email with detailed instructions about the process to obtain either an F1 or a J1 visa to enroll at Emory Law School.  Note that it can take 3-5 business days to process your deposit and send the email.  As a part of this process, you will need to submit documents that show you are able to pay for the full cost of attendance for one year of study at Emory Law.  Once we process the completed application referenced in the email, Emory will issue either an I-20 for F1 students or a DS-2019 for J1 students.  The application should include:

  • Completed Financial Certificate (this form will be included in the email).
  • Documentation, such as bank statements, that show proof of financial support.
  • Copy of your passport, and dependent passports if your spouse and/or children will be joining you.
  • Any student transferring a current F1 Visa to Emory, must submit all of the above as well as complete the Transfer Clearance Form.


Submit your documents for the I-20 or DS-2019 as soon as possible.  It will take time for us to process the paperwork and can also take time to secure an appointment at your local Embassy or Consulate.

Think about consulting with an Education USA center before your visa interview.  The Education USA representatives can provide guidance on how to approach the interview and many hold pre-departure orientations for students studying in the U.S. with helpful information. Find an EdUSA Advising Center >>

Wait until you have your visa to make any travel arrangements.


All incoming international students are required to attend the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Orientation session during orientation.   In addition, each program has an orientation program that all students are required to attend.  The ISSS session date will be indicated as a part of the master schedule for each program.  Please refer to the appropriate admitted student page for more information.

LLM Admitted Students >>

JM Admitted Students >>

AJD Admitted Students >>

JD Admitted Students >>

JD Transfer Admitted Students >>

SJD, MCL and exchange students will receive an email with more information about orientation activities.

Helpful Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I get my I-20 or DS2019?

I received a scholarship from Emory Law, does that count towards the total cost of attendance outlined on the financial certificate?
Yes, a scholarship award will count.  You can deduct the Emory Law scholarship award from the cost of attendance estimate and the amount remaining is what you will need to provide documentation

The bank will not certify the financial certificate.  What should I do?
That is OK as many banks will not certify a document that is not their own.  If you have a certified, official bank statement in support of the financial certificate, it is OK that the bank will not sign the form. 

When should I book my flight to Atlanta?
Wait to make any travel arrangements until you have your Visa.  Much can happen in the process that is out of your control, so please make sure you have your visa in hand before you make travel arrangements that cannot be changed.

When can I enter the U.S.?
You can enter the U.S. 30 days prior to the official start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.