Welcome to Emory Law

Congratulations on your acceptance to Emory Law. Our job is to feed your intellect, challenge you to think, and relate to you the excitement of the law. We are pleased you have decided to undertake this journey at Emory and promise you will not do so alone. 

Emory Law JM student

Key Dates

JM Orientation:  Saturday, August 19, 2017 | Schedule »

Classes Begin:  August 21, 2017 

Activate your Emory student account:  Log in to OPUS (Online Pathway to University Students), your portal to student accounts, the registrar, and many other services at Emory. Set up your Network ID here »

We will activate your Emory e-mail account. You will then access your account using the same NetID and password that you use for OPUS access. Your email address is your NETID(at)emory.edu. You will log in to your Emory email account via the Outlook Web Access (OWA) tool, which enables you to access your Emory email from any computer with internet access. Bookmark this direct link to Emory Exchange (Email System): email.emory.edu »

Emory uses two-factor authentication to ensure the security of your information. Learn more about Emory's two-factor authentication here »

Complete all required student health information and health forms online with Emory University's online  Health Services portal » All Emory students are required to have health insurance.  There are two options:

  1. Sign up for the Emory Student Health Insurance Plan; or
  2. Fill out an online waiver and get another insurance plan that meets Emory's requirements.

The EmoryCard is the official ID Card of Emory University. It permits access to facilities and events and can be used to purchase goods and services at the university and at a wide range of merchants throughout the community. The image you upload must be on a white or solid neutral background. More information regarding your EmoryCard can be found here »  Photos must be uploaded and approved by of Wednesday, August 2nd. Cards will be available for pickup during Welcome Week.

All incoming Emory University students are required to complete the HavenPlus education module. HavenPlus is an online learning platform designed to educate students on preventing and responding to interpersonal violence in the Emory community. It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete (closed captioning is available for video portions). Click here to begin HavenPlus »  Review the HavenPlus FAQs »

Emory Law students are required to own a computer. We recommend that you invest in a new notebook computer from a reputable manufacturer with a three-year warranty. Try to purchase a notebook computer that balances light weight and long battery life. Most exams are taken on computer and most faculty members permit students to take notes on computer in class. The law school supports both Mac and Windows systems. The University provides anti-virus software and the University plans to provide Microsoft Office365 to students beginning in fall, 2014.

Online registration will open later this summer.  Review campus parking options at http://parking.emory.edu »

Emory University School of Law provides all persons an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs and services afforded to others.  Sei Yoshioka-Cefalo is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the School of Law and is the primary liaison to Emory University Access, Disability Services, and Resources (ADSR).  He can assist qualified students with obtaining a variety of services and ensures that all matters of equal access, reasonable accommodation, and compliance are properly addressed.  If you have questions or concerns pertaining to accommodations that you may need while you are a student at the School of Law, please contact Sei directly by sending an e-mail to: sei.yoshioka@emory.edu. When you contact Sei, please provide your full name, Emory ID number, and the program you will be enrolled.  If you are a transfer student, please indicate accordingly.
Emory Law has established these academic policies for its Graduate Student programs, including JM, LLM, and SJD.
Students wishing to audit a course must obtain the permission of the instructor. Audited courses do not count toward hours required for graduation, as no grade is assigned to students participating in a course under audit status. Students auditing a course are expected to attend all class sessions, and may be required by the faculty to do some level of preparation for class, as a condition of their agreement to permit auditing of their course. Auditing students do not sit for course examinations.
Students are expected to attend classes regularly and prepare for classes conscientiously. Each professor may impose sanctions for poor attendance.

JM and LLM Programs

JM and LLM students are expected to maintain at least a B (3.0) average. If a student’s cumulative GPA should fall to a 2.50 or less at any time, he/she will automatically be placed on academic probation, effective immediately.* Students on academic probation must petition the Academic Standing committee for permission to enroll in new classes, and may not do so until their petition is granted. Further, while on academic probation, JM and LLM students must regularly meet with the Assistant Dean for Student Engagement or the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, respectively, to discuss the status of their classes, their proposed course selections, and their progress toward a return to good standing.

If a JM or LLM student fails either of the required foundational courses (i.e., Introduction to the American Legal System, and their required legal writing course), they will be required to immediately re-take it. If they fail the course a second time, they will be dismissed from the program. (For part-time students who fail either of the required foundational courses, enrollment in other coursework should ordinarily await successful completion of the relevant course.)

*Students who began the JM program prior to Fall 2014 will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative GPA falls to a 2.25 or less.

SJD Program

Any grades earned by SJD students will be evaluated by the student’s faculty supervisor/dissertation committee on an ongoing basis. The SJD student’s faculty supervisor/dissertation committee will determine whether the student’s performance meets the necessary standard for continuation in the SJD program.

According to University policy, full-time students are those enrolled for at least 12 semester hours.

Grade point average (GPA) will be determined for graduate students, although class rank is not calculated. Because graduate students are graded separately from J.D. students, they do not impact the J.D. grading curve or class rank.

Emory University School of Law uses a letter grading system, with grades ranging from A+ to F. In the SJD, LLM, and JM programs, a student must earn a grade of at least D- to receive credit for a course. A student must repeat a required course in which that student has received a grade below D-. Once a student has received an exam, he or she must complete the exam. If a student does not submit any answers, the student will receive an automatic grade of F. Partial credit may be given if a student begins the exam but does not complete it. SJD, LLM, and JM students who were required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS with their application will get 25% additional time to take their exams.

When a student, without permission or a valid excuse, fails to appear for an examination, or appears for an examination and fails to turn in the examination, they will receive a course grade of F. Before the time indicated on the Academic Calendar for final examinations, a schedule of examinations will be published. Special scheduling or deferral of a final examination is permitted only when the cause is beyond the control of the student and only with approval of the Dean or Dean's designate. A grade of I (incomplete) is given to indicate an authorized deferral of examination or required course work. Required course work or a deferred examination must be completed by the close of the term in which the course is next offered or the grade of I (incomplete) will automatically be converted to a final grade of F.

Examination papers are identified solely by randomly selected student examination numbers and not by student names. New numbers are issued each semester.

All students are reminded that it is faculty policy that examinations are to be taken on the day and at the time scheduled, unless an individual is excused by emergency, illness, or involuntarily assumed obligations on the day of the examination. Students in joint programs who find that they have a conflict with another school AT THE TIME OF THE EXAMINATION in the Law School should advise the office of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in advance of the examination period, so that the conflict can be resolved. Every effort must be made to eliminate the conflict in the other school, as law school exams are rescheduled only as a last resort.

If the exam conflict occurs during the first week of exams, the make-up will be on the first make-up day. Likewise, exams which conflict during the second week are to be made up on the second make-up day. Any student with three 9 a.m. exams on three consecutive days is permitted to move the third 9 a.m. exam to the first make-up day AFTER the exam. When a student has two examinations within a 24-hour period, such as at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the same day, or at 2 p.m. and 9 a.m. the next day, he/she may postpone one exam to the next make-up day. While it is often the 2 p.m. exam that is rescheduled, these conflicts are all evaluated by the Office of Student Affairs and rescheduling is done to create the most efficient make-up exam schedule. All exam conflicts should be raised with, and must be resolved with the consent of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Exams scheduled for the same time slot pose a conflict that will be resolved by the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. Make-up exams are never scheduled before the exam is administered on the scheduled date. Take-home exams are not considered to pose a conflict.

In the event of illness or emergency on the day of an examination, the student must contact the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs to request deferral. Emergency exam deferrals are dealt with by the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the faculty concerned on a case-by-case basis. A STUDENT REQUESTING DEFERRAL ON THE BASIS OF ILLNESS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A CERTIFICATE FROM A PHYSICIAN TO SUBSTANTIATE THE REQUEST FOR DEFERRAL, WHICH IS NORMALLY JUSTIFIED ONLY IF THE STUDENT IS ACTUALLY SEEKING AND GETTING MEDICAL CARE AT THE TIME OF THE EXAM. Make-up examinations for students ill on the day of the examination will be administered on the make-up day(s) as outlined above.

INDIVIDUAL EXAMINATION SCHEDULES WILL NOT BE CHANGED FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN THE FOREGOING. IF THE TIME OF THE EXAMINATION IS OF IMPORTANCE TO YOU IN CHOOSING YOUR COURSES, PLEASE TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION BOTH AT PRE-REGISTRATION AND AT FINAL REGISTRATION.

Any Graduate Programs student who was required to submit a TOEFL score for purposes of admission consideration will receive additional time on their examinations. If the TOEFL requirement was not required or was waived for a student – even if English is not their first language – that student will not receive additional time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please see Jessica Dworkin.

One LLM Leadership Award and one JM Leadership Award will be presented each year.  These leadership awards will be given to an LLM and JM student who engages with the Law School community, exhibits leadership and concern for the well-being of students, and has done well academically.

LLM and JM Law students may credit one course taken elsewhere in the University toward their graduation requirements. The proposed course must have a direct connection to the student’s course of study. Students should obtain permission from the non-law course professor, and submit

  • confirmation of the professor’s permission
  • a letter of petition, (c) non-law course syllabus
  • current transcript to the Graduate Programs Office no later than July 15 for the fall semester, and November 15 for the spring semester.

Non-law courses will be graded on a pass / fail basis. Contact the Graduate Programs Office for questions about registration procedures for these courses.

Students in good standing may elect to withdraw between semesters after notifying the Graduate Programs Office and the Emory Law Registrar. Upon deciding to return to the law school, students must notify the Graduate Programs Office and the Emory Law School Registrar.

Students in the J. program must complete all degree requirements within four years of the date of first matriculation into the program.

Students in the LLM program must complete all degree requirements within four years of the date of first matriculation into the program. (Students in the LLM program interested in sitting for a U.S. bar examination should consult the program completion and bar examination requirements for the state(s) in which they desire to sit for the bar examination. For example, as of 2013, LLM students desiring to sit for the New York Bar examination must complete all LLM degree requirements within two years of the first date of matriculation into the program.)

Students in the SJD program must complete all degree requirements within five years of the date of first matriculation in the program, unless an extension has been granted by the student’s dissertation committee and the Graduate Legal Studies Committee.

Readmission of students following withdrawal for medical reasons requires medical clearance by designated university health officials.

If, in the opinion of the Dean ('Dean' as used in this statement always refers to the Dean or Dean's designate), a student demonstrates evidence of an emotional disorder and has engaged in, or threatened to engage in, conduct that poses a threat to the mental, emotional, or physical well-being of self or others, or to property, and/or impedes the lawful activity of others, the student may be referred to the University Student Health Service for psychiatric evaluation. Refusal to obtain a psychiatric evaluation when properly requested to do so, or determination by the University Health Service that withdrawal would be in the best interest of the student and the university, shall be cause for involuntary withdrawal of the student by the Dean. Withdrawal in such cases shall normally incur no academic penalty for the term in which the student is enrolled, and tuition refund, if any, shall be based on the schedule established for voluntary withdrawal. The Dean shall inform the student in writing of the effective date of the involuntary withdrawal, and shall explain, in writing, the procedure for application for readmission to Emory University. Application for readmission after withdrawal for psychiatric reasons will require evaluation by the university psychiatrist. Persons seeking readmission may choose to submit a written report from their own psychiatrists at their own expense. In no case shall readmission be granted after psychiatric withdrawal without the approval of the University Student Health Service.

Juris Master (JM) students are allowed to take a maximum of three online courses during their JM program, but must take Introduction to the American Legal System, Legal Analysis and Writing for Non-Lawyers, and at least one first-year foundational course prior to taking any online course. If a JM student is able to do so, he/she is strongly encouraged to take the on-campus offering of any course that is offered in both formats. A JM student seeking to take an online course must submit a request to the director of the JM program, explaining their reasons, for review and approval by the Vice Dean or his/her designee.

Master of Laws (LLM) students may enroll in online courses only in exceptional circumstances, and only during the summer.  LLM students who wish to do so must submit a request to the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, for review by the Assistant Dean, as well as the Vice Dean or his/her designee.

Full-time LLM and full-time JM students engaged in outside employment exceeding 12 hours per week (Monday - Friday) must file a statement of such employment using the form available outside the Emory Law Registrar’s office.
Graduate students are not permitted to select the Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory option for any of their coursework, unless they are taking a non-law class (see below) or that is the predetermined grading scheme for all students in a particular course.
After the period designated in the Academic Calendar for approved course changes, a graduate student may withdraw from a course only with the permission of the instructor and approval of the Graduate Programs Office or the Dean's designate. Such permission will be granted only for cause, and the rules governing requirements for full-time residency credit will be applied. When withdrawal from a course is approved, a grade of W is recorded for the course or courses in which the student is registered. Failure to obtain permission shall result in a grade of WF in the course.
Students who withdraw from or fail to return to school during the regular academic year must notify the Graduate Programs Office in advance, to be eligible to return. To withdraw from school, a student must receive permission from the Graduate Programs Office. When withdrawal is approved, a grade of W is recorded in all courses for which the student is registered. Failure to obtain such permission will result in a grade of WF in all courses for which the student registered.

Course Availability 

The academic calendar, course descriptions, and final exam schedule are listed below and are great guides when selecting courses.

Course Schedule and Exam Schedule »

Academic Course Descriptions »

Required Courses
There are two required classes for all JM students:

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

In addition, all JM students are required to take a 1L foundational course during their first or second semester. They must take a 1L foundational course before or concurrent with any upper-level course.

While only one 1L foundational course is required, we recommend JM students take two or three to acquire a solid understanding of the case law method of learning. Foundational courses move at a relatively slow pace and require approximately 20 pages of reading per class. The balance of your coursework reflects your professional interests, with a range of concentrations to  from which you can customize to meet your goals.

You will also be asked to schedule an appointment with Lynn Labuda to discuss your course requests and answer any questions that you have.