Welcome to Emory Law

A Note from the Dean

Congratulations on your acceptance to Emory Law. Our job is to feed your intellect, to challenge you to think, and to relate to you the excitement of the law. We are pleased you have decided to undertake this journey at Emory, and we promise you will not do so alone. An entire community of students, alumni, faculty, and staff will bolster you to ensure you have the tools and resources necessary to discern your individual path or build on your successful career.

At Emory, I know you will find a strong community of scholars, colleagues, and friends who will help guide your legal journey, as well as support you and work to ensure you thrive during your time here.

Robert Schapiro
Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law

Emory Law students in Commons

Key Dates

Spring 2016 Orientation:

  • LLM: January 2, 2016 (estimated date)
  • JM: January 2, 2016 (estimated date)
  • Classes begin January 4, 2016

Dates are estimates.

Wednesday, August 5

9:00-9:30 a.m.Breakfast and Check-in1D
9:30-10:30 a.m.


Graduate Programs Overview

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Meet your classmates1D
12:00-12:30 p.m.

Emory Law Houses Programs

House Assignments

12:30-1:30 p.m.LunchBacardi Plaza
1:30-2:00 p.m.Group Activity Overview1D
2:00-3:30 p.m.

ISSS Orientation (International F1/J1 Visa Students)

Tours of Emory Law (US Students)

3:30-4:30 p.m.Tours of Emory Law (International Students)1D

Thursday, August 6

9:00-9:30 a.m.Breakfast and Check-In1D
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Classroom Norms

Code of Conduct

10:30-11:30 a.m.Career Planning and Strategy1D
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.University Policies1D
12:00-2:00 p.m.LunchBacardi Plaza
12:30-1:45 p.m.Professional Photos1D
2:00-3:00 p.m.Library ToursLibrary
3:00-3:30 p.m.Public Interest1D
3:30-4:30 p.m.Student Panel1D
4:30 p.m.ReceptionBacardi Plaza

Friday, August 7

9:00-9:30 a.m.Breakfast and Check-in1D
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Introduction to American Legal System1E
12:00-2:00 p.m.


Group Presentations

1D & 1E
2:00-2:30 p.m.Bar Application Process1E
2:30-5:00 p.m.Free Time
5:00 p.m.Meet at Law School for Braves GameLobby
7:00 p.m.Braves Game

Monday, August 10

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Introduction to American Legal Systems1E
1:30-3:30 p.m.How to Read a Case1E

Tuesday, August 11

10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Emory Law Amazing Race 

Houses Overview 


Tull Auditorium
2:00-4:30 p.m.Introduction to American Legal System1E
5:45-6:45 p.m.Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) Book Sale114a

Wednesday, August 12

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Introduction to American Legal Systems1E
12:30-1:30 p.m.Lunch with HousesClassrooms

Thursday, August 13

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Introduction to American Legal Systems

12:30-2:30 p.m.

Convocation Luncheon (Mandatory)

With John A.Jordak93L, Partner at Alston & Bird LLP and President-Elect of the Emory Alumni Board; andAlokeS.Chakravarty97L, Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit, District of MA and co-lead prosecutor in the Boston Marathon bombing case 

Cox Hall
3:00-4:30 p.m.Civil ProcedureVarious Classrooms
6:00-8:00 p.m.Welcome ReceptionMiller-Ward Alumni House

Friday, August 14

8:30 a.m.

Professionalism Program Check-in

Wear Business Attire/Suite

2nd Floor Connector
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.IProfessionalism ProgramVarious Classrooms
12:30-2:30 p.m.LunchStudent Commons

Step 1

Submit your enrollment decision »

Step 2

If accepting admission, submit your deposit ($750) either with a check or credit card (see links in the right sidebar).

Paying by CheckPaying by Credit Card

You may mail a check or money order to:

Emory University School of Law
1301 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30322

Please note that additional fees apply to credit card deposits—$750 plus $15 service charge.

Complete our secure online payment process » 

As you prepare to join us at Emory Law, we have a checklist of actions and forms to complete before you arrive.

*NEW* Complete the Haven Online Education Module. 

All incoming Emory University students are required to complete the Haven online education module. This module will provide you with information on preventing and responding to interpersonal violence in the Emory community. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete (closed captioning is available for video portions).  All Emory Law students must complete this course by Friday, August 15.  Click here to begin Haven »  For more information on Haven or technical support please email haven.help@emory.edu » For more information on free and confidential support resources at Emory University or near you (if you are not on currently on campus) please visit The Respect Program »

1.  Health Forms and Insurance Requirements. Complete all required student health information and health forms online with Emory University's online Health Services portal »

2.  Register for On-Campus Parking.  Online registration will open later this summer.  Review campus parking options at http://parking.emory.edu »

3.  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 »

4.  Create an Emory Email Account.  We will activate your Emory e-mail account in early July.  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 »

If you want to change your password, or change your Emory email from the ENID@emory.edu syntax to something easier to remember (such as firstname.lastname@emory.edu), log in to the Identity Manager »

5.  Upload your photo for your EmoryCard (student ID) »  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. 

During Orientation, your IDs will be available at check-in each morning.

6. Computer Recommendations

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.

Health Insurance for International Students

The International Students and Scholars Services office has health insurance information. Health insurance may be a condition of your visa as well as your enrollment at Emory University. To learn more about health insurance information tailored to an international student audience, visit the International Students and Scholars Services website »


Housing Options

Emory University does not provide on-campus graduate housing. 

While we are unable to recommend specific properties, there are several nearby complexes to consider. 

Nearby Apartment Complexes

Students with disabilities can contact Emory's Office of Disability Services for specific information on obtaining an Individualized Accommodation Plan.

All incoming international students are required to attend the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Orientation Session on August 5 in room 1-D from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

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.


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.