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Emory University School of Law
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MottoCor prudentis possidebit scientiam (Latin)
The wise heart seeks knowledge (Proverbs 18:15)
Parent schoolEmory University
School typePrivate
EndowmentUS $43 million [2]
Parent endowment$6.684 billion (2015)[3]
DeanJames B. Hughes, Jr.
LocationUnited States Atlanta, Georgia, US
USNWR ranking26[6]
Bar pass rate84.8%[7]

Emory University School of Law (also known as Emory Law or ELS) is a graduate school of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. It is currently ranked #26 among ABA-approved law schools by the 2018 U.S. News & World Report.[8]


Emory University School of Law

Emory Law is located in Gambrell Hall, part of Emory’s 630-acre (2.5 km2) campus in the Druid Hills neighborhood, six miles (10 km) northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Gambrell Hall

Gambrell Hall contains classrooms, faculty offices, administrative offices, student-organization offices, and a 325-seat auditorium. The school provides wireless Internet access throughout its facilities. Gambrell Hall also houses a courtroom.[9][not in citation given]

Hugh F. MacMillan Library

Emory's five-story Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library opened in August 1995. The library is situated adjacent to Gambrell Hall and includes access to over 400,000 volumes and more than 4,000 serials subscriptions.[10]

Admissions and academics[edit]

Admission to the law school is selective. For the class entering in the fall of 2017, 238 JD candidates enrolled from an applicant pool of 4,117. The 25th and 75th LSAT percentiles for the 2014 entering class were 156 and 166, respectively, with a median of 165. The 25th and 75th undergraduate GPA percentiles were 3.45 and 3.90, respectively, with a median of 3.81.[11]

Nearly half of Emory Law students are women, and about 32% are from underrepresented ethnic groups. Approximately 60% of students come from outside the Southeastern U.S.[12]

It is ranked #26 among ABA-approved law schools by the 2020 U.S. News & World Report.[13]

Doctor of Law Degree

The School of Law offers a three-year, full-time program leading to a Juris Doctor degree. Emory Law is particularly known for its expertise in Bankruptcy Law, Environmental Law, Feminist Legal Theory, Intellectual Property Law, International law, Law and Religion, and Transactional Law.

Joint-Degree Programs

Emory Law also offers joint-degree programs through cooperation with the Goizueta Business School (JD/MBA and JM/MBA), the Candler School of Theology (JD/MTS and JD/MDiv), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (JD/PhD), the Rollins School of Public Health (JD/MPH), the Emory Center for Ethics (JD/MA in Bioethics), and joint JD and Master of Laws degree (JD/LLM) through Emory School of Law.

LLM Programs

In partnership with Central European University, Emory also provides an LLM program for students with a U.S. law degree seeking advanced training in international commercial law and international politics. Emory also has a separate LLM program for qualified foreign professionals seeking training in international and comparative law.

Juris Master Program

Emory Law's Juris Master is a 30-credit hour program that is intended to supplement a student's interest or professional experience in allied fields to law. The program offers a range of customized concentrations to allow students to enhance their skills in their home profession or interest area through a greater understanding of the law, legal concepts and frameworks. The coursework can be completed either full-time in as little as nine months or part-time in up to four years.

Clinics and programs[edit]

Students' expertise is developed through several clinics and programs. Emory Law also offers several summer study abroad programs in Budapest at the Central European University (CEU) and throughout the world.[14]

Academic programs

A team from Emory Law's TI:GER IP/patent/technology program, a collaborative program between Emory and Georgia Tech, was featured on CNN Money.[15] Other academic programs at Emory Law include:

  • Barton Child Advocacy Center
  • Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
  • Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance
  • Center for International and Comparative Law
  • Center for the Study of Law and Religion
  • Center for Transactional Law and Practice
  • Feminism and Legal Theory Project
  • Global Health Law and Policy Project
  • Project on War and Security in Law, Culture, and Society
  • Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative
  • Barton Policy and Legislative Clinics
  • Barton Appeal for Youth Clinic
  • Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic
  • International Humanitarian Law Clinic
  • Turner Environmental Law Clinic
  • Volunteer Clinic for Veterans


  • Emory Law Journal, which hosts the annual Randolph W. Thrower Symposium.
  • Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, the only national bankruptcy journal edited and produced entirely by law students.[18]
  • Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review, a law journal focusing on corporate law and compliance issues.
  • Emory International Law Review, which publishes articles on topics ranging from human rights to international intellectual property issues.[19]
  • IP Theory (online only, published jointly with Indiana University Maurer School of Law)
  • Journal of Law and Religion, a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal edited by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, with student participation, and published in collaboration with Cambridge University Press


According to Emory's official 2017 ABA-required disclosures, 71.5% of the Class of 2017 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required, non-school funded employment nine months after graduation.[20] Emory's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 13.2%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2017 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation, and an additional 3.7% were in school funded positions.[21]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Emory for the 2013-2014 academic year is $75,716.[22] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $290,430.[23]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable Faculty[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2009-05-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://law.emory.edu/news-center/releases/2016/05/business-of-running-a-law-school.html#.V37JtVctO7Y
  3. ^ As of June 30, 2015. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2014 to FY 2015" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-01-31. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  4. ^ Emory University School of Law Official ABA Data Archived 2009-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ http://law.emory.edu/_includes/documents/sections/about/ABA-documents/2013-std-509-information-report.pdf
  6. ^ "Emory University Grad Schools - #26 in Best Law Schools". usnews.com. U.S. News & World Report L.P. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  7. ^ https://www.gabaradmissions.org/getpdfform.action?id=1661
  8. ^ Best Graduate Schools - Law - U.S. News & World Report
  9. ^ http://officialguide.lsac.org/SearchResults/SchoolPage.aspx?sid=48[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2009-05-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library: About Us
  11. ^ "ABA Required Disclosures | Emory University School of Law | Atlanta, GA". Emory University School of Law. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2008-07-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Emory University Grad Schools - #26 in Best Law Schools". usnews.com. U.S. News & World Report L.P. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  14. ^ http://law.emory.edu/academics/academic-programs/study-abroad.html
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-04-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ http://law.emory.edu/faculty-and-scholarship/centers/index.html
  17. ^ http://law.emory.edu/academics/clinics/index.html
  18. ^ http://law.emory.edu/ebdj/membership.html
  19. ^ http://law.emory.edu/eilr/about.html
  20. ^ "Emory University". www.lstreports.com. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  21. ^ "Emory University, ABA Charts". www.lstreports.com. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  22. ^ "Tuition and Expenses". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14.
  23. ^ "Emory University Profile".
  24. ^ Tibor Varady Faculty Page Archived 2009-03-24 at the Wayback Machine

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