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Emory University School of Law

The regular, professional curriculum of the School of Law is a full-time day program leading to the doctor of law (JD) degree. New students are accepted only in the fall semester. The JD degree is conferred on a student who has completed 90 semester hours of course credit as prescribed by the faculty, with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.25. Three academic years (six semesters) of resident study are required.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 813
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 161 - 166
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.35 - 3.82
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 93.2%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 95.8%
Tuition $45,098

Overview

Overview

About Emory University School of Law

The regular, professional curriculum of the School of Law is a full-time day program leading to the doctor of law (JD) degree. New students are accepted only in the fall semester. The JD degree is conferred on a student who has completed 90 semester hours of course credit as prescribed by the faculty, with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.25. Three academic years (six semesters) of resident study are required.

Reviews

Emory Law is the perfect program for up and coming legal scholars who desire to be simultaneously “challenged…and supported.” The school is “extremely welcoming” and very focused on helping students “achieve [their] career goals.” Indeed, there are a number of “practice societies…that bring together students, professors, alums, and practicing attor­neys throughout the semesters.” Many are also quick to highlight the transactional certifi­cate program which offers students the opportunity to “learn how to draft contracts, do due diligence, negotiate with opposing counsel, draft a term sheet [and covers] doctrinal information [in] classes like business associations, corporate tax and mergers and acquisitions.” By and large, the faculty at Emory Law is seen as “phenomenal” and “brilliant.” Perhaps more importantly, professors are truly “dedicated to [their] students” and “constantly make themselves available outside of class.” Additionally, students happily reveal that, for the most part, professors use a “modified” version of the infamous Socratic Method. While “everyone is still called on and expected to participate, you are more aware of when ‘you’ll be up.’”High praise also abounds for the Career Services office. Students are “assigned a par­ticular counselor to guide you through the OCI and overall career process.” However, “if you have any questions, it seems as if the entire office wants to help you.” An incredulous second-year student supports this notion sharing, “As a transfer student, I feel that this is something that differs significantly from my prior school in that literally the entire office tried their best to get me in contact with practicing attorneys in the specific practice area I am interested in.”Students also speak effusively about Emory Law’s “effective” and “really great” admin­istrators. It’s evident that they are “genuinely interested in student success” and take great pains to ensure that they are “accessible.” A surprised and grateful first-year illustrates, “There [are] casual opportunities for open discussions with all of the Deans on a weekly basis… I know most law schools claim to have ‘open door policies’ but Emory’s policy is more like ‘let’s grab coffee and chat.’ The school reminds me of the private, college prepa­ratory school I attended for high school. Being a student at Emory Law is a remarkable experience.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 290

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA-4 years; JD/MTS-4 years; JD/MDIV-5 years; JD/MPH-3.5 years; JD/REES-3 years; JD/PhD Religion-7 years; JD/MA Judaic Studies-4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 122
Full-Time Faculty 72
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 6
Part-Time Faculty 44
Faculty Gender 62% Male
37% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 62%
Multi-racial 3%
International 5%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 6%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $45,098 Same as On-Campus
Housing $18,602 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $63,700 $45,098

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$48,343 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Emory University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 161 - 166
LSAT Total 161 - 166

Emory University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.35 - 3.82
Total 3.35 - 3.82

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Interview, Work Experience, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 70%
First Time Pass Rate 93%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 91
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 96%
Average Starting Salary $70,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 50 20%
Firm Sized 11-25 16 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 11 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 12 5%
Firm Sized 251-500 10 4%
Firm Sized 501+ 40 16%
Business Industry 28 11%
Government 23 9%
Public Interest 24 9%
Federal Clerkship 17 7%
State Clerkship 11 4%
Academia 4 2%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 4 2%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
FL 9%
NY 9%
GA 47%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Emory University School of Law include:

  • C. Robert Henrikson - President and COO, MetLife, Inc.
  • Raymond McDaniel - CEO, Moody's Investor Services
  • Hon. Sam A. Nunn - U.S. Senator (ret.), CEO Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Hon. Leah Sears - Former Chief Justice, Georgia Supreme Court
  • Hon. Sanford Bishop - U.S. Congressman

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