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January Admission

Apply by October 31 for the Spring semester.

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JM Benefits

"My juris master degree provides me with a critical understanding of legal issues impacting nonprofit organizations." Tarik Johnson

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JM Impact

"Emory Law's JM program has given me the ability to understand, interpret, and apply the law to my work in public health." Alice Margaret Story

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JM Influence

"The JM Program enlarges professional career opportunities in the midst of today's rapid changes." Octavian Blaga, Radiologist, Tenet Healthcare

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JM Concentrations

Students work with a JM program adviser to develop a course of study suited to meet personal and professional goals.

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JM Insights

"I chose the Emory Law JM program because it was a perfect opportunity to supplement my nonprofit degree as well as my work in human resources." Shaneesa Ashford, Communications Specialist

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JM Flexibility

"The JM program offers flexibility in selecting the types of courses that have the most application to my field." Amy Mansfield, Legal Analyst, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

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JM Expertise

"The juris master degree helps me navigate the technical aspects of compensation regulations with greater expertise." Thomas George, Compensation Consultant

Juris Master Admission

Emory Law's juris master is a 30-credit hour program that supplements your professional interests with a range of concentrations you can customize to meet your needs. You can complete your coursework either full-time in as little as one year or part-time in up to four years.

Courses are offered throughout the day, including some late afternoon and evening options. Part-time JM students may choose courses based on their area of interest and work schedule. Learn more »

JM Information Sessions

We invite you to attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

Webinars

Flexible Program

Emory Law's juris master is a 30-credit hour program that supplements your professional interests with a range of concentrations you can customize to meet your needs. You can complete your coursework either full-time in as little as one year or part-time in up to four years.

Courses are offered throughout the day, including limited late afternoon, evening, weekend, and summer options. Part-time JM students may choose courses based on their area of interest and work schedule.

To be considered for admission into Emory Law’s JM program, candidates must have received at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the time of JM enrollment. Individuals already holding a first degree in law should consider the Master of Laws (LLM) program »

All applicants are considered holistically and admission is based on the applicant’s academic training, professional background, personal statement, and professional and academic references. Two letters of recommendation from either current/former supervisors or current/former professors or academic advisors.  

An interview with one or more members of the JM admission committee (in person or via teleconference) is also required of applicants. Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule the interview after an initial review of a completed application. Students also may apply for the JM program through an approved dual-degree program. 

Students in the JM program should have English language skills at a level that enables them to read and discuss in class, difficult technical material. Daily class preparation is demanding and students with English language limitations may have difficulty. Only students who feel confident in their English language ability should apply.

For this reason, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of foreign applicants whose native language is not English. A TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test, 100 on the Internet-based test, or 250 on the computer-based test is expected. All aspects of each application are considered and language skills further evaluated through the interview and as such, candidates with lower scores may be considered.

Applicants whose native language is not English but have earned a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, may request a waiver of this requirement. Requests can be submitted via email to jmadmission@emory.edu » However, non-native English speaking graduate students are tested separately from the native English speakers in their courses and at times allowed extra time on exams. If a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS is granted during the admission process, the student will be exempt from this accommodation and will be tested as if English were their native language. Therefore, requests for waiver should be considered carefully and if there is any uncertainty about the language ability, a TOEFL or IELTS score submitted.

Candidates are considered for admission to both our fall (August) and spring (January) terms. Decisions are made on a rolling basis once an application is complete. There is no preference given to applications received during a given period. Candidates should apply when they feel they can submit the strongest application, though earlier applications can result in more time to prepare for enrollment.

Fall Admission Deadlines

  • Early deadline, April 15
  • General deadline, May 31

Spring Admission Deadlines

  • Early deadline, September 15
  • General deadline, October 31

A complete application for the JM Program must include the following:

  • Completed Emory Law application »
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
    • Unofficial copies may be uploaded into the online application for review purposes only. Official copies should be sent from the institution to the address below. Electronic copies may be emailed to jmadmission@emory.edu »
    • All graduates of foreign institutions must provide transcripts that have been translated into English as well as a course-by-course evaluation from World Evaluation Services (WES). More information can be found at www.wes.org »
  • Brief personal statement describing your interest in the JM program
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or MCAT score report
    • Required for applicants without a graduate degree; requests for waiver considered
  • TOEFL score (required for applicants whose native language is not English)
  • $85 non-refundable application fee

Any application components not uploaded or included with the online JM application should be submitted to the Office of Admission:

Emory Law
Admission Office—JM Admission
1301 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
USA

  • Emory JM application: The application asks for personal information, professional experience, and academic qualifications.
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts: Transcripts must be provided for all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed. Transcripts not available in English must be submitted for translation and assessment to World Education Services Inc. For additional information about WES, visit www.wes.org »
  • Brief personal statement: This one- to two-page document outlines the applicant’s interest in the JM program and how it fits with his or her personal and professional goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation: These may be academic or professional references that can speak to the applicant’s academic and/or professional skills. The letters are most helpful when the writer can provide specific firsthand information on your academic or professional capacity and performance.
  • Official LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or MCAT score report: A standardized test score is required for JM applicants who have not earned a graduate degree at the time of application to the JM program, unless a waiver has been granted. If required to submit one of the above standardized test scores, applicants must make arrangements to take one of these exams and have the results sent to the Office of Admission, Emory Law. If an applicant has already taken one of these exams and the score is current, applicants may have a copy of these results sent to the Office of Admission, Emory Law.
  • Standardized test waivers: If an applicant has not earned a graduate degree at the time he or she applies to the JM program, and he or she has significant professional experience, the applicant may request a waiver of the standardized test requirement. To request such a waiver, include a one-page letter in the JM application packet specifying the request for a waiver and outlining the applicant’s academic and professional experience.
  • TOEFL score: Unless applicants have completed a significant course of study in which the primary language was English, he or she must make arrangements to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or a comparable standard English examination and have the results sent to the Office of Admission, Emory Law.
  • $85 non-refundable application fee: This may be a US dollar check, money order, foreign draft, or American Express Travelers check. All of these should be issued in US funds, payable at a US bank.
  • Interview: Once all elements of the JM application are received, the Office of Graduate Programs will contact the applicant to set up an interview. This interview will be done either in person or via teleconferencing when in-person interviews are not possible. This interview will be conducted with a member of the JM admission committee.

Emory Law partners with other universities and organizations to offer the Juris Master program. 

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Department of Health and Human Services

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HHS University Partnership Program
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Emory University's Law School welcomes HHS employees, contractors, and their immediate families!

Tuition Discount

We are pleased to offer eligible Health and Human Services (HHS) employees and contractors, and their immediate families (spouses, domestic partners, siblings, and children) an application fee waiver as well as a 15% tuition discount for part-time students, and a 25% tuition discount for full-time students in the JM program.

Application Process

Emory Law School accepts applications for the JM program on a rolling basis. The application deadline is April 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester. Applicants wishing to claim the HHS University Partnership Program should apply in the usual way. Additionally, applicants wishing to claim a tuition discount and other partnership benefits should submit the following information as proof of eligibility.

  • HHS employees should submit a copy of their most recent pay stub. Dependents should submit a copy of the employee's most recent pay stub, as well as proof of the dependent relationship such as a marriage license or birth certificate.
  • HHS contractors should submit a copy of their HHS I.D. badge (you may also be asked to show your I.D. badge in-person). Dependents should submit a copy of the contractor's HHS I.D. badge, as well as proof of the dependent relationship such as a marriage license or birth certificate.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the program, please contact Lynn Labuda, Director of Graduate Programs, at llabuda@emory.edu or 404.712.1397.


Emory Alumni
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Tuition Discount

We are pleased to offer a 15% Founder's Scholarship for all SHRM members beginning the JM program in the current academic year

Application Process

Please visit application process and requirements for more details on the JM application process.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the program, please contact Andrea Schmoyer, Director of Graduate Programs Admissions, at jmadmissions@emory.edu or 404.727.2191.


Future Partnerships

Emory Law is in discussions with a number of universities and organizations to offer partnerships and dual degree options with the juris master degree program. As details are finalized, we will add information about these programs. If you are interested in learning more about these, contact Lynn Labuda at llabuda@emory.edu»

Frequently Asked Questions

The JM complements professional experience and/or academic background in another field with a related grounding in law. The JM is not a professional degree, and does not allow graduates to sit for the bar exam or to practice law.

American Bar Association (ABA) regulations do not allow advanced standing, or credits earned under a JM (or similar non-JD program) to be transferred to a JD program. Students who complete the JM degree can apply to Emory’s JD program, but they will be held to the same rigorous standards as any other JD program applicant.

Because the units earned in the JM are not transferrable to a JD program, we strongly encourage individuals who are truly interested in pursuing a JD to apply directly to a JD program.

Approximately 90% of JM students are working professionals, and 80% pursue the degree on a part-time basis.

The average age of our JM students ranges from early 20s to late 50s

Learning in law school is different than programs such as an MBA, MPH, or other master’s program. The study of law requires students to have strong analytical and critical thinking skills; it is based on the case law method of teaching, which requires students to extract information from real-world cases, to craft or recognize abstract principles that govern resolution of disputes, and then to apply those principles to new situations.
If you have already taken a law class in college, e.g., Business Law or Contract Law, you still must take the required foundational course as law courses in law school are much more demanding than law classes in college.
If an applicant has not earned a graduate degree at the time of application to the JM program but has significant professional experience, the applicant may request a waiver of the standardized test requirement. To request such a waiver, the applicant should include a one-page letter in the JM application packet specifying the basis for the waiver request and outlining the applicant’s academic and professional experience.
Emory Law has a limited number of scholarships available to highly qualified students. All applicants are considered for scholarship funding; there is no separate application process for scholarships. Students will be notified about any scholarship offer as part of their letter of acceptance. For more information on scholarship opportunities please refer to Tuition & Financial Aid.

We offer limited summer, weekend, and evening courses, and are currently exploring online course options.

A JM student cannot expect to complete the degree requirements solely by taking only weekend, summer, evening, or online courses. For example, JM students may not take more than two online courses toward completion of the degree.

Most of law school courses are scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday. A small number of courses are offered on Fridays. For JM students, some required courses may occur on Saturdays.