Tuition and Fees

2015–2016 Estimated Total Cost of Attendance

Fixed Costs

  • Tuition $50,900
  • Fees $610 

Estimated Variable Costs

  • Living expenses $17,410*
  • Books $1,534
  • Emory Student Health Insurance $2,850**
  • Parking $665***
  • Loan fees $312

Annual tuition for the accelerated JD program for foreign-trained lawyers is equal to the current academic year tuition above.

*Emory chooses moderate, rather than low, 9-month budget estimates to maximize aid eligibility, which means students are less likely to run out of funds at the end of a semester, when they want to be focused on classes, not on their bank accounts. Recipients have the option, of course, not to borrow the full amount of their approved loans, and many Emory Law students find it quite manageable to live on much less than our estimates. For more information, review the 2014-2015 Emory Law Cost of Living Guide » The 2015-2016 edition will be available soon.

**Many students are exempt from this charge because they are covered under their parent’s or another policy that meets Emory’s required coverage minimums. For more information, go to www.law.emory.edu/studenthealth »

***Many first year students do not buy a parking pass because Emory’s extensive free shuttle system provides transportation from popular neighborhood apartment complexes. For more information about the free shuttle, go to www.transportation.emory.edu. In addition, most parking decks on campus are free at 4pm.

Information effective February 28, 2015. Fees subject to change.

Annual tuition for the JM program is the same as that for the juris doctor program. Students who pursue the JM on a part-time basis will be charged tuition on a per credit-hour basis, in accordance with the number of enrolled credit hours.

JM tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year is $2,121 per credit hour, or $25,452 per semester.

Scholarships

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.

Emory Healthcare and Emory University Employees

We are pleased to offer a 15% Founder's Scholarship to all Emory Healthcare and Emory University employees, their spouses, domestic partners, and dependents beginning the Juris Master Program in the current academic year.

Emory University Aumni

We are pleased to offer a 15% Founder's Scholarship to all Emory University, their spouses, domestic partners, and dependents beginning the Juris Master Program in the current academic year.

Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators

We are pleased to offer a 15% Founder's Scholarship to all AALA members beginning the Juris Master program in the current academic year.

Department of Health and Human Services

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. For more information, visit the Juris Master Admission page (under Partnerships).

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

We are pleased to offer a 15% Founder's Scholarship to all IABC members beginning the Juris Master Program in the current academic year.

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

We are pleased to offer a 15% Founder's Scholarship to all PRSA members beginning the Juris Master Program in the current academic year.

Society for Human Resource Professionals (SHRM)

We are pleased to offer a 15% Founder's Scholarship to all SHRM members beginning with Juris Master Program in the current academic year.

Tuition for the LLM program is equal to the current tuition charged by Emory University School of Law for the full academic year.

LLM students must demonstrate that they possess the financial means to pay for their education as a condition of their matriculation in the program. Foreign applicants are encouraged to contact the education attaché at the US Embassy or Consulate in their home country for assistance that may be available under the Fulbright or similar programs.

Scholarships

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.

Financial Information for Joint LLM with Central European University

Tuition for the joint LLM program with CEU is equal to the current tuition charged by Emory Law for the full academic year. Half of that tuition will be paid to each school. During the CEU part of the program, tuition covers the following:

  • One coach class round-trip air ticket from Atlanta to Budapest
  • Living expenses and housing in the CEU dormitory
  • Tuition for the semester

Other Costs

Students are responsible for books, supplies, personal expenses, housing, health insurance, and food expenses. While at Emory, students are responsible for all costs, including housing and health insurance.

2015-2016 SJD Tuition Structure

Year 1Year 2Year 3 and beyond
Tuition$50,900$3,000$250 per semester
Fees$610$610$610

Estimated Variable Expenses

  • Living expenses: $17,410
  • Books: $1,534
  • Emory student health insurance: $2,850*°
  • Parking: $665°

* You may opt out of the Emory student health insurance plan if you are covered under another policy that meets Emory’s required coverage minimums. Under the Affordable Care Act, many of our students are eligible to continue coverage under their parents’ plan or may find an independent plan that meets Emory’s requirements. For more information, go to www.law.emory.edu/studenthealth »

° Estimate, subject to change.

Information effective February 28, 2015Fees subject to change.

Emory Law offers fellowships and scholarships to students who qualify.

Woodruff Fellows Program

In 1980, Emory University established the Robert W. Woodruff Scholars and Fellows Program for juris doctor students. Emory Law awards up to five Robert W. Woodruff Fellowships in Law each year to men and women of exceptional character, scholastic abilities, and leadership qualities. Each fellowship covers full tuition and fees plus a $3,000 stipend per year.

Please note: JM, LLM, and SJD students are not eligible for the Woodruff Fellowship.

Learn more about the Woodruff Fellowship »

Merit-Based Scholarships

Admitted students will be automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. There is not a separate scholarship application to complete for consideration. 

Please contact the Office of Admission at jdadmission@emory.edu or 404.727.6802 with any questions.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Emory Law is proud to participate in the Veterans Administration Yellow Ribbon Program offering tuition assistance to veterans and their dependents. To be considered for an Emory Law Yellow Ribbon Program award, you must first be admitted to the JD program at Emory Law. Yellow Ribbon Awards are only available for JD students.

You must also submit a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a Veterans Enrollment Data Sheet » The data enrollment sheet must be returned to the law school Admission Office. You can send it via regular postal mail or hand deliver it.

2014–2015 Recipients: We will begin accepting applications at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Awards will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis by the later date of either receipt of the Certificate of Eligibility or the Veterans Enrollment Data Sheet. If multiple applications are received at the same time, applications will be prioritized by the applicant’s date of acceptance to the JD program. If applicants were admitted on the same date then we will use a random selection process to complete the process.

Resident Director Positions

Limited resident director positions are available to graduate-level students who have the desire and qualifications to work closely with undergraduate students. An application, resume, and on-campus interview is required. Resident director selection takes place in March. For information, contact Jeff Tate in Residence Life & Housing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, 404.727.0429.

Emory Employees

Emory Law offers a 15% Founders Scholarship to Emory University and Emory Healthcare employees who are accepted to the JM program and enroll in Fall semester of an academic year. Employees also may be eligible for the Courtesy Scholarship Program, or another education benefit program.

Scholarships for Women

Scholarships have been established to assist a wide range of students who are interested in furthering their education. Visit this website for a list of opportunities available to women.

International Students

Possible funding resources for international students:

Possible funding resources for US students and permanent residents:

Other Financial Resources

Bar Study Loans

Law students in their final year of study or recent graduates may apply for a Bar Study Loan to finance the costs associated with the bar exam that are not covered by federal student loan programs such as bar review course fees and living expenses incurred while studying for and taking the bar exam. The student applies directly with the lender offering the loan (i.e. SallieMae, Discover, Fifth Third Bank).

These loans are not certified by the Office of Financial Aid since the expenses covered are not part of the annual cost of attendance. However, the Law School Registrar must certify the graduation date and/or provide transcript information to the lender. Loan funds are made directly to the student and not through the university.

Eligibility

  • Student must be enrolled at least half time in the final year of study or have graduated within the last 12 months.
  • Student must be sitting for the bar exam no later than 12 months after graduation.
  • Student must be a US citizen or a non-citizen permanent resident without conditions and proper evidence of eligibility, or an international student borrowing with a credit worthy cosigner who is a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Student must pass a credit check.

Prior to Fall 2013, the Law School Registrar was contacted for transcript information only for currently enrolled students. Students who applied after they had graduated would provide their own transcript information to the lender. However, the policy is now changed and the Law School Registrar provides transcript information for both currently enrolled and recently graduated students.