Office of the Registrar

Emory University School of Law's Office of the Registrar works with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to ensure adherence to university policies and procedures.

The Emory Law Registrar works in conjunction with Emory University's Office of the Registrar » For questions regarding degree programs, requirements, and other academic policies, consult the Student Handbook. Hisotical information pertaining certain policies and processes can be found in the archived Academic Catalog » 

The Emory Law Registrar is an adjunct of Emory University's Office of the Registrar, administering university policies and procedures for students, faculty, staff, and alumni within the School of Law. Services include

  • Determining enrollment status, academic standing, and class rank
  • Counseling with students regarding their degree requirements
  • Preparing certifications for degree requirements, bar exams, bar loans, and bar registration
  • Advising students with issues including course overloads, leaves of absence, audits, and withdrawals
  • Managing the registration and exam processes
  • Liason to adjunct faculty

Course evaluations are your opportunity to provide feedback to the school, and your professors, about your courses. Your input is invaluable - the more responses provided, the better the collected information can be used to enhance the quality of teaching and course coverage at the Law School. Please note that the survey results are not shared with faculty until ALL grades have been posted, and no personal data is shared at any point.

Keep in mind that you will receive a reminder email every 48 hours until you have completed ALL of the surveys for each of your courses.

Course Evaluations Quick Tips: 

Accessing Other Classes:

If you do not wish to complete the survey for Class 1 at the current time, you can access your other classes by using the "Survey Queue" button in the top right hand corner of your screen.

  • Selecting a class out of sequence in the queue will cause a new browser window to appear. 

Suspending a Survey in Progress:

  • After you have completed a survey, if you need to leave the session and return at a later time to complete it, then click on "Get link to my survey queue" in the top right hand corner of the survey queue.
    • You are strongly encouraged to send the survey queue link to yourself via email.
    • Once you have emailed yourself the link, you may close the browser window. 
  • If you have partially answered a survey and need to leave the session, click on the “Save & Return Later” button – not the “Submit” button.
    • You will receive an email from with the subject line: Survey partially completed, and a link to return to that particular survey. 

NOTE: If you use send survey link via email feature, you will receive an email from with the subject line: Your survey queue link.

  • Your computer may treat the email as spam or junk. Do not panic. It is not spam and it will not harm your computer.

Eligible students will need to make their Fall 2019 Pass/Fail submission in OPUS by Wednesday, September 11, at 11:59PM.

Screen guide on updating your classes »

It is the student's responsibility to know the Pass/Fail policy and the allotted number of credits they can use for this option. The Pass/Fail policy can be found in the Student Handbook on page 39.

The Law Registrar will review the submissions and notify any student whose request cannot be processed. Any request that exceeds the allotted credit limit will be denied and reversed in OPUS. It is the student's responsibility to confirm in OPUS that the requested change has been made PRIOR to the end of the selection period.

Instructions to Submit Pass/Fail via OPUS

  1. Log in to the OPUS student portal and click on the Course Planning and Enrollment
  2. In the left page margin, click the drop down arrow next to Drop/Swap/Update Classes and select Update Classes. Click on the arrow (far right side) to be able to update your class preferences.
  3. In the Grading Basis drop down menu, select Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (a.k.a. pass/fail) option, then click Accept.
  4. Review your selection and click
  5. Confirm your selection.

Important Information About Selecting Pass/Fail

The option to take a course pass/fail is available only to three-year J.D. students taking a full load of law school courses.

Joint-degree, transfer, and first-year A.J.D. students are not allowed to take courses on a pass/fail basis.

Graduate students (J.M., LL.M., M.C.L., S.J.D.) are not permitted to select the pass/fail option for any of their coursework, unless they are taking a non-law class, as approved by their program director, or unless that is the predetermined grading scheme for all students in a particular course.

Law courses designated by the professor as pass/fail do not count towards the total allowed pass/fail credit hours.

The minimum grade in the course necessary to receive a “pass” is a “C.”

The student may only elect to make this change in a course once. No changes in grading status can be made after the deadline.

If a student does not affirmatively elect to take a course on a pass/fail basis, it will be assumed that the course is being taken for a letter grade.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the pass/fail election is confirmed in OPUS.

Since requirements for bar admission vary by state, students are strongly encouraged to review requirements for the specific area in which they intend to practice.

American Bar Association Character and Fitness Statement

All applicants must complete an Emory University School of Law application through the Law School Admission Council. Answer each question honestly and completely. Failure to do so may result in the denial or revocation of your admission, suspension or dismissal after matriculation, withdrawal of certification of graduation, or revocation of your degree.

If you have been convicted of offenses other than minor traffic violations or if you withhold required information on this application, you may have difficulty gaining Bar admission. State bar organizations often require that you include your law school application as part of your Bar admission application. Accordingly, your answers in your Emory Law application relating to these matters often will be part of your record. As each state bar has specific admission requirements, you should review the requirements for the state in which you intend to practice.

Excluding minor traffic offenses, you must disclose each instance prior to or after your matriculation at Emory Law if admitted even though the charges may have been dismissed or you were acquitted or allowed to plead nolo contendere or an adjudication was withheld or a conviction was reversed, set aside or vacated, or the record sealed or expunged, and regardless of whether you have been told you need not disclose any such instance.

We reserve the right to rescind an offer of admission even after enrollment if any requested information is incomplete or inaccurate.

Did you know . . .

Before you are admitted to any state’s bar and get your license to practice law, you must be approved by the bar’s committee on character and fitness. In many states, like Georgia, you must be approved before you can take the bar exam.

You will be required to answer questions relating to your honesty, fiscal responsibility, compliance with court orders, record of criminal activity, mental and emotional stability, and any misuse of alcohol and controlled substances, including prescription medications.

Examples of conduct the bar may view as grounds to deny certification:

  • intentional failure to file tax returns
  • non-compliance with court orders, including orders of child support and summonses to appear in court or serve on a jury
  • commission of a felony, including the misuse or wrongful distribution of prescription medications as well as street drugs
  • failure to repay student loans or other debts
  • a pattern of traffic tickets or DUI arrests
  • any theft or fraud, e.g. shoplifting or credit card misuse
  • academic plagiarism or misconduct
  • series of misdemeanor arrests
  • repeated frivolous litigation
  • statements disparaging or threatening the rights or safety of others or showing disrespect for the law or courts
  • failure to acknowledge and get treatment for addiction or substance abuse
  • discrepancies between the disclosures made to the bar and other documents or records (i.e., lack of candor)

The burden of proof is on the applicant, who must establish and document his or her current good character and fitness to practice law.

The most common reason for denial of a bar applicant in Georgia is “A pattern of dishonesty in dealings with employers, schools, and authorities, including the Office of Bar Admissions.”

The bar committee will scrutinize documents that usually include your law school application; your work history; your credit reports; your driving record; the disposition of any kind of civil lawsuit involving you; any criminal record, including juvenile and expunged records.

In Georgia, any applicant who has been convicted of a DUI charge or its equivalent is ineligible to be certified by the character and fitness committee for at least twelve (12) months after the date of conviction.