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July 16, 2020 - August 5, 2020

Legal Foundations is a non-degree, non-credit summer enrichment program that surveys US law and American legal training for individuals currently studying, or who have studied, law outside of the United States. Emory Law is pleased to offer this program to our admitted students to help you prepare for your Emory Law experience. Registration will be restricted to students who have submitted an intent to enroll and deposit for one of Emory Law's programs and plan to matriculate in the fall term.  Priority for registration will be given to those who register for the program before May 2020.  Students may register beyond that date only if space remains in the program.

Program Profile

  • Classes four hours per day 
  • Cultural and legal excursions included in Program
  • Housing available on campus with free shuttle service to law school and local amenities
  • Location on the main campus of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with convenient access to entertainment, services, and university facilities


Fees for the 2020 Legal Foundations program will be available in Spring 2020. Please check this website for updates.

Course Materials

Each participant will receive the program course book, which contains all materials for the three-week course. Videos and internet materials will also be used as needed.

Course Overview


The Socratic Method

The Case Method

Online Research

Online Classrooms

Honor Codes


Listening to Lectures

Effective Note-taking

Tactical Reading Approaches

Presenting in Public

US Communication Styles and Cultural Expectations

Overview of the US Legal System

Terminology and Basic Concepts

  • Constitutional Law & US History
  • Contracts
  • Partnerships & Corporations
  • Civil Rights
  • Intellectual Property


Participants in the Legal Foundations Program may choose to reside on campus at Emory University in apartment-style housing.

  • Limited housing available on a first-come, first-served basis to participants who register and choose the program’s on-campus housing.
  • Room assignments for the bedrooms in each apartment-style suite will be made by Legal Foundations staff.
  • Each fully furnished apartment suite includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, and a kitchen, with cable, internet, and air conditioning.
  • Bed linens, towels, dishes, cookware, and personal items are not included.
  • Students who choose to secure their own housing are advised that accommodations near the university can be difficult to find during the summer. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the housing offered by Emory.


Emory is well connected to the greater Atlanta area, so there are many ways to get to and from campus.

  • The Emory Cliff Shuttle system is free for students and offers routes to and from the Legal Foundations Program on-campus housing, hospitals, grocery stores, shopping centers, malls, the Clairmont campus, and many other locations.
  • Also check out Bike Emory for bicycling programs.
  • If you choose to drive your own car to campus, note that parking on the Emory campus is either designated for visitors or requires a valid permit. Visit Emory’s Parking Services site for information on parking registration, locations, rates, and parking rules and regulations.
  • MARTA, Atlanta’s public bus and rail service, has stops throughout the city. Check out rates and find a stop near you.
  • We recommend that students who arrive to Atlanta via ATL Hartsfield take taxis to transfer to the campus or housing location. Please advise the Legal Foundations Program staff of your arrival flight information and time.

Registration and Visa Information

The registration link for the 2020 Legal Foundations program will be available Spring 2020. Please check this website for updates.

Incoming Emory Law students are able to enter the US with their I-20s thirty (30) days before the first day of their program (date marked on their I-20). For Emory Law students, the I-20 date will be August 10, 2020.