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The Emory Law Professionalism Program prepares students for a legal career from the very beginning of their law school experience. Conducted under the auspices of the Georgia Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, the mandatory program orients first-year and transfer juris doctor (JD) students and master of laws (LLM) students to the higher values to which the profession holds itself.

Emory Law guides students in identifying and making sound judgments about issues they will encounter during law school and in practice, discerning when something falls outside the bounds of acceptable professional conduct, how these situations can be handled professionally, and the practical consequences of failing to do so. Practicing attorneys, judges, and Emory Law's esteemed faculty engage in the Professionalism Program as facilitators. 

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1L Sessions

Every August and January at Emory, students meet in small groups with facilitators (a faculty member, a practitioner, and a judge) to discuss two sets of hypothetical situations. The focus in August is on law school, while the January session focuses on internships or practice.

Upper Level Class

A special session of the upper-level Legal Profession class revisits the values brought out in the first two group discussion sessions - Excellence, Integrity, Respect, and Service. Before class, students submit essays about how they have seen those values exemplified, positively or negatively, in their work or internship experiences in law school. Then they discuss real-world professionalism dilemmas during class.

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Externship Program Office Staff

Derrick Howard
Derrick Howard

Professor of Practice and Director, Externship Program and Professionalism Program

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Franklin Lebo
Franklin Lebo

Program Coordinator, Externship Program and Professionalism Program

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Professional Conduct Code

The Emory University School of Law Professional Conduct Code declares Emory's values as a community and governs students' behavior throughout law school, whether on campus or off. Follow this link to the most current version of the Student Handbook. Embedded within the Student Handbook is the Professional Conduct Code.