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Master of Comparative Law (MCL)

The Master of Comparative Law Program is currently offered in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University-KoGuan Law School. The program offers students the opportunity to engage in a one-year legal education experience, including comparing legal systems and practices between the People's Republic of China and the United States.


Students spend the fall semester at KoGuan Law School taking a minimum of eight credits, at least one of which is taught by an Emory Law faculty member. Students will then enroll full-time at Emory Law taking 13 credits during the spring semester and five credits during a short summer term. Applicants must apply through KoGuan Law School; admission decisions are made collaboratively with Emory Law.

Minimum admission requirements include:

  • An virtual oral interview with Emory Law staff (by invitation)
  • A written test designed and graded by Emory Law staff; the test will be administered by staff at KoGuan Law School (by invitation)

Additional admission requirements may be set forth in the articulation agreement. 

Application deadlines:

  • Early application deadline - March 1, 2024
  • Early admission notification - by May 1, 2024
  • General application deadline - June 1, 2024
  • General admission notification - by July 15, 2024

MCL Curriculum at Emory Law

The MCL program requires students to complete the following:

  • Introduction to the American Legal System (two credits)
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis and Research (two credits)
  • U.S. Courts and Oral Advocacy (two credits)
  • Capstone: Comparative Law (three credit)

Students will also have the opportunity to choose from a specific list of electives totaling 9 credits:

  • Business Associations
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law

For further details and program requirements, please see the Emory Law Student Handbook.


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