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To be considered for admission into Emory Law’s LLM program, candidates must have received a first degree in law that allows them to practice law in their home country prior to LLM enrollment.

  • US graduates: Applicants must have earned a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Foreign-educated lawyers: 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 in a superior American educational environment.

To Apply

Prospective LLM applications should complete the online application and submit all supporting documents through LSAC. If you are an international candidate planning to study on campus on a student visa, we encourage you to apply early.

A complete application for the LLM program must include the following:

  1. Emory Law Application Form through LSAC.
  2. $85 application fee paid through LSAC.
  3. Personal statement which describes your objective in pursuing graduate legal study at Emory and highlights any experiences, qualifications or other information you believe to be relevant.
  4. Resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  5. Undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts. Emory Law School requires the use of LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for transcript and credential evaluation.
  6. Two letters of recommendation submitted via LSAC’s document assembly service. These should come from individuals who can speak to your ability to succeed in a rigorous academic setting.
  7. TOEFL or IELTS score submitted via LSAC’s document assembly service (students whose native language is not English or received a degree from non-English speaking institution).
  8. Evaluative interview for applicants whose score falls below a 90 on TOEFL or 7 on IELTS.

Language Ability

Students in the LLM program should have English language skills at a level that enables them to read and discuss in class, difficult technical material. Daily class preparation is demanding and students with English language limitations may have difficulty. Only students who feel confident in their English language ability should apply.

For this reason, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required of foreign applicants whose native language is not English. All aspects of each application are considered and language skills further evaluated through the interview. As such, candidates with lower scores may be considered.

Applicants whose native language is not English but have earned a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, or who live in a country where English is the first language, may request a waiver of this requirement. Requests can be submitted via email to

Students admitted with TOEFL/IELTS scores will be permitted additional time on exams.