Tuition and Fees

2017–2018 Estimated Total Cost of Attendance

Fixed Costs

  • Tuition $54,500
  • Fees (1st year students) $836
  • Fees (continuing students) $616

Estimated Variable Costs

  • Living expenses $18,008*
  • Books: $1202 for 1Ls and AJDs; $1802 for 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs.
  • Emory Student Health Insurance $3,354**
  • Parking $672***
  • Loan fees $230

Tuition reflects full-time enrollment in fall and spring semesters. Optional summer classes may be offered on an additional per credit tuition basis.

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

All enrolled students at Emory University, including those enrolled in the School of Law’s online degree programs, are subject to the University’s tuition refund policy.  That includes the policy’s schedule of reduced refund levels, with the passage of additional days following the start of the relevant semester (i.e., spring, summer, or fall).  Even as to classes that start in the middle of the term, thus, any withdrawal must occur at the start of relevant term, if any refund is to be received.

*Emory bases financial aid loan eligibility on moderate (versus low) cost-of-living numbers from the Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) and the Indexes of Comparative Costs, both produced by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Recipients don’t have to borrow the full amount of their approved loans, and many Emory Law students find it manageable to live on less than Emory’s official estimate. For more information, review the 2017 Cost of Living Guide »

**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 May 10, 2017. 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 2017-2018 academic year is $2,271 per credit hour, or $27,250 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 Employees, Emory University Employees, and Emory University Alumni

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

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

We 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).

Founder's Scholarship

We offer a 15% scholarship to members of the following associations, who are beginning the Juris Master Program in the current academic year.

  • Atlanta Association of Legal Administrators (AALA)
  • Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA)
  • International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
  • Society for Human Resource Professionals (SHRM)

All enrolled students at Emory University, including those enrolled in the School of Law’s online degree programs, are subject to the University’s tuition refund policy.  That includes the policy’s schedule of reduced refund levels, with the passage of additional days following the start of the relevant semester (i.e., spring, summer, or fall).  Even as to classes that start in the middle of the term, thus, any withdrawal must occur at the start of relevant term, if any refund is to be received.

Information effective August 25, 2017.

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.

For LLM students enrolled in the part-time on-campus format or the online format of the LLM program, tuition will be charged on a per-credit-hour basis. The per-credit-hour tuition rate for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters is $2,271. For international students requiring a visa, federal law requires full-time enrollment, and part-time options are not available.

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. Note: All scholarships are unconditional. Scholarship students are required to maintain good academic standing.

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.

All enrolled students at Emory University, including those enrolled in the School of Law’s online degree programs, are subject to the University’s tuition refund policy.  That includes the policy’s schedule of reduced refund levels, with the passage of additional days following the start of the relevant semester (i.e., spring, summer, or fall).  Even as to classes that start in the middle of the term, thus, any withdrawal must occur at the start of relevant term, if any refund is to be received.

Information effective August 25, 2017.

2017-2018 SJD Tuition Structure

Year 1Year 2Year 3 and beyond
Tuition$54,500$3,000$250 per semester
Fees$610$610$610

Estimated Variable Expenses

  • Living expenses: $18,008
  • Books: $1,802
  • Emory student health insurance: $3,354
  • Parking: $672°

All enrolled students at Emory University, including those enrolled in the School of Law’s online degree programs, are subject to the University’s tuition refund policy.  That includes the policy’s schedule of reduced refund levels, with the passage of additional days following the start of the relevant semester (i.e., spring, summer, or fall).  Even as to classes that start in the middle of the term, thus, any withdrawal must occur at the start of relevant term, if any refund is to be received.

* 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 August 25, 2017.

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

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Emory Law is proud to participate in the program and offers a Yellow Ribbon award of $5,500 per academic year to two JD students. To be considered for an Emory Law Yellow Ribbon award, you must first be admitted to the JD program at Emory Law. Yellow Ribbon awards are only available for JD students. 

Please see the Veterans Administration website for additional information on eligibility. Emory Law Yellow Ribbon will be matched by the Veterans Administration based upon the most recent guidelines as found on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. All Yellow Ribbon awards are based on Post 9/11 Veterans eligibility requirements established by the Veterans Administration and are not need-based. For more details go to the Registrar's Website.

Application Process:

Emory Law’s Yellow Ribbon awards have been awarded through the 2017-18 academic year. However, we will begin accepting applications at 9:00am EST on July 1, 2017 in case there is any change in the availability of these awards.

The application consists of the following two documents:
  1. Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
  2. Veteran’s Data Enrollment Sheet

Applications will be accepted via the following:

  1. Email sent to Jenna Bowen, Director of Admission, at jenna.bowen@emory.edu
  2. Regular mail sent to the attention of Jenna Bowen at Emory Law Office of Admission, 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322
  3. Hand delivery to the Office of Admission, suite 150 at 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322

Yellow Ribbon awards will be assigned based on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon receipt, application materials will be date stamped. Multiple applications received on the same date will be prioritized by the earliest date of acceptance to the JD program.  If further prioritization is needed, random selections will be used. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application was received by the Emory Law Office of Admission.

Eligibility is to be determined by the Office of the Registrar at Emory University, VA Benefits Department.  In the event that a Yellow Ribbon applicant is found not eligible for VA funds, the available award will be given to the next person on the prioritized list.

All questions can be directed to: 

Jenna Bowen
Director, Office of Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Life
Emory University School of Law
1301 Clifton Road

Undergraduate House Director and Assistant Complex Director positions at Emory University

Emory University Office of Housing and Residence Life will be hiring up to 5 graduate students to live in and oversee fraternity houses and undergraduate residence halls as House Directors and Assistant Complex Directors. The positions provide housing and a monthly stipends. Applications are due March 14, 2017. Click the links below for more information. Emory Law student Sam McLelland 19L is currently a House Director. You are welcome to email him if you have any questions about the position and his experience.

Eagle Row House Director »

Assistant Complex Director »

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). Please note that these are just a few of the lender options available to students; Emory Law does not endorse specific lenders.

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.

JD

Abels & Annes, P.C. Scholarship Essay Contest » Deadline: December 15, 2017 | Award: $1,000

American Law School Scholarship » Deadline: December 15, 2017 | Award: $1,000

American Law School Student Leadership » Deadline: December 15, 2017 | Award: $1,000

Boonswang Law Firm Legal Leaders Scholarship » Deadline: July 31, 2017 | Award: $1,000

Bryan Cave LLP Diversity Scholarship » Deadline: August 31, 2017 | Award: $10,000

Cantor Motorcycle Law Student Scholarship Fund » Deadline: July 31, 2017 | Award: $1,000

Criminal Defense Student Law School Scholarship » Deadline: December 15, 2017 | Award: $2,500

Columbus Lawyers Educational Foundation » Deadline: July 1, 2017 | Award: $1,500

Future Leaders of Law Scholarship » Deadline: July 30, 2017 | Award: $500

Harry Stone Memorial Scholarship » Deadline: December 15, 2017 | Award: $500

Kreisman Law Offices Law School Scholarship » Deadline: December 15, 2017 | Award: $1,000

Lebowitz & Mzhen Law School Scholarship » Deadline: December 15, 2017 | Award: $1,000

Michael P. Fleming Law Scholarship » Deadline: July 1, 2017 | Award: $1,000

Nurture for Nature Scholarship » Deadline: June 30, 2017 | Award: $1,200

Orr Law Firm DUI Defense Scholarship » Deadline: August 15, 2017 | Award: $5,000

Parentinn - Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship » Deadline: February 28, 2018 | Award: $1,250

Price, Hargett, Petho & Anderson Scholarship Essay Contest » Deadline: December 15, 2017 | Award: $1,000

Rosengren Kohlmeyer Law Office Scholarship » Deadline: June 30, 2017 | Award: $1,500

Sears and Associates, P.C. Law School Diversity Problem Solving Scholarship » Deadline: June 30, 2017 | Award: $2,500

WSS Digital Marketing Scholarship Award » Deadline: December 15, 2017 | Award: $500