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LLM Overview

Program Details

Emory enrolls new LLM students in August and in January. Students typically complete their degree in two semesters. Apply by November 15 to start in January or June 30 to start in August.

LLM students choose from two broad tracks, including a traditional LLM in general studies or one of six formal concentrations developed by the Emory Law faculty.

Option 1: General Law

Students in general law design a course of study, drawing widely from Emory's many areas of expertise—including intellectual property law, international law, global health/health law, tax law, transactional law, and labor and employment law—to align their coursework with their goals. All courses are taken at Emory Law.

Option 2: Predesigned Concentrations

Students can select from six predesigned curricular paths.

  • Transactional Law
  • Law & Religion
  • Human Rights Law
  • Vulnerability & the Human Condition
  • Public Law & Regulation
  • Child Law & Policy

LLM Eligibility

The LLM is a 24-credit-hour degree. There are two different types of qualifications an applicant may have:

  • US-trained lawyers are defined as those who have earned a JD from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • Foreign-trained lawyers are those who have earned a first degree in law or its equivalent in a jurisdiction other than the United States. 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 »

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 at a superior educational environment.

LLM Degree Requirements

In general, LLM degree candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Successfully complete a first law degree prior to matriculation in the Emory Law LLM program. For US candidates, this is a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school. For foreign candidates, this is the first law degree that allows one to practice law in their home country. A list of minimum degree requirements by country is available on the LSAC website.
  • Attend the orientation program, conducted prior to the beginning of law courses.
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA and remain in good standing.
  • Students must complete two semesters of full-time residency, defined as being enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester. Part-time LLM enrollment may be permissible and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For foreign-trained attorneys, additional requirements and recommendations apply.

  • LLM students without a US JD degree must successfully complete the 2-credit hour Introduction to the US Legal System course. This course begins during the orientation period, and continues through a portion of the first semester. This course counts toward the 24 credit hour LLM degree requirement. This course also fulfills the American legal systems educational requirement for the New York Bar Exam.
  • Foreign-trained attorneys are also required to take the American Legal Writing, Analysis and Research course. This course counts toward the 24 credit hour LLM degree requirement. This course also fulfills the legal writing educational requirement for the New York Bar Exam.
  • To sit for the bar exam in a US jurisdiction, LLM students must also comply with the specific state requirements for each state in which they seek admission. It is solely the student’s responsibility to understand, enroll, and complete all credits required for any examination or licensing.