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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 by the early application deadline.

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

  1. Emory Law Application Form through LSAC »
  2. $85 Application fee paid via credit card 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. A 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)

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) is required of foreign applicants whose native language is not English. A TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test, 100 on the Internet-based test, or 250 on the computer-based test is expected. All aspects of each application are considered and language skills further evaluated through the interview and 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, may request a waiver of this requirement. Requests can be submitted via email to » Non-native English speaking graduate students, however, are tested separately from the native English speakers in their courses and at times allowed extra time on exams. If a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS is granted during the admission process, the student will be exempt from this accommodation and will be tested as if English were their native language. Therefore, requests for waiver should be considered carefully and if there is any uncertainty about the language ability, a TOEFL or IELTS score submitted.

LLM Waitlist

Q: How will admission decisions be communicated for students on the wait list?

A: Decisions may be communicated via phone or email. Please notify the Office of Admission with any changes in your contact information. Send contact information updates to

Q: When will I receive my decision?

A: Decisions will be communicated from May throughout the summer, up to and including August. We appreciate your patience while awaiting your decision. We will keep you updated throughout the summer.

Q: I am on the wait list, but I must submit a deposit to another school to keep my place. Can I get a reimbursement?

A: If you are admitted from the wait list, and you enroll at Emory Law this fall, we will reimburse you up to $500 as a one-time tuition credit for deposits paid to other schools before you receive your admission decision from Emory Law.

Q: Can I submit additional application materials?

A:You may submit one additional letter of continued interest at

Q: Are there merit scholarships available?

A: Although rare, scholarship information, if any, will be communicated to applicants who are admitted from the wait list.

Q: Do you rank your wait list?

A: Emory Law’s selection process is not based on rank.