Master of Laws (LLM) Admission
Emory Law's LLM program offers graduates of US and foreign law schools the opportunity to pursue the master of laws degree from one of the top nationally ranked law schools in the United States. Emory enrolls new LLM students in August and in January. August-start LLMs typically complete their degree the following May; January-start LLMs typically complete their degree the following December. Apply by October 31 to start in January.
To be considered for admission into Emory Law’s LLM program, candidates must have received a first degree in law that allows them to practice law in their home country prior to LLM enrollment.
- US graduates: Applicants must have earned a JD degree.
- Foreign-educated lawyers: First law degree designations vary by country. For a list of law degrees that meet this requirement, please refer to the Minimum Degree Requirements by Country chart found on the LSAC website »
All applicants are considered holistically and admission is based on the applicant’s academic training, professional background, personal statement, and professional and academic references. Strong candidates will possess an excellent academic record and serious interest in experiencing legal education in a superior American educational environment. Qualified applicants will also be contacted to interview by Skype or phone.
Prospective LLM applicants should complete the online application and submit all supporting documents through LSAC. A complete application for the LLM program must include the following:
1. Emory Law Application Form (online)
2. $85 Application fee paid via credit card through LSAC »
3. Personal statement which describes your objective in pursuing graduate legal study at Emory and highlights any experiences, qualifications or other information you believe to be relevant.
4. A Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
5. Transcripts. Emory Law School requires the use of LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for transcript and credential evaluation.
6. Two letters of recommendation submitted via LSAC’s document assembly service. These should come from individuals who can speak to your ability to succeed in a rigorous academic setting.
7. TOEFL or IELTS score submitted via LSAC’s document assembly service (Foreign applicants only)
Students in the LLM 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 firstname.lastname@example.org » 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.
For US students interested in pursuing a juris doctor and master of laws, Emory Law offers a joint-degree program with a focus in international law. The student completes one application (for the JD program) and indicates an interest in continuing into the LLM program after completing the JD. Students admitted to the joint-degree program must fulfill the requirements for both degrees to receive the JD and LLM.