Degree Programs


Degree Programs

Doctor of Law (JD)


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.

Students who achieve a semester average of 3.45 are designated on the Dean's List that semester. The JD with Honors is conferred on each student whose scholastic average for his or her entire law school program is 3.45 or higher; the JD with High Honors is conferred on each student whose scholastic average for his or her entire school program is 3.8 or higher.

Doctor of Law and Master of Laws (JD/LLM)


Emory JD candidates may pursue a joint JD/LLM with emphasis on international and comparative law. The student may spend a semester at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, but is not required to do so. During a joint-degree candidate's four years at Emory University School of Law, the student must successfully complete a total of 114 credit hours, of which 24 must be approved international and comparative law courses.

Degree Requirements

  • Four years (Three in JD program and one in LLM program)
  • 114 credit hours; 24 credit hours of approved international and comparative law courses
  • Student has the option to attend CEU for one semester

Students should review the specific requirements for the JD, in addition to the information above.

Master of Laws (LLM)


For more information on the Master of Laws (LLM) degree options, please see the LLM Program section.

Doctor of Law/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)


The School of Law and the Roberto C. Goizueta Business School of Emory University cooperate in a program that enables a student to receive the doctor of law and master of business administration (JD/MBA) degrees in four years rather than the usual five.  Candidates for this degree program apply to each school independently. On admission, students consult with the program director in each school to plan their respective programs.  Candidates may begin the cooperative program in either the business school or the law school.  In either case, the first year of study in the law school is taken solely in the law school and the first year of study in the business school is taken solely business school. The remaining two years of the program are taken jointly in the law school and the business school. Students pay five semesters of law school tuition and three semesters of business school tuition. To receive the doctor of law degree through the cooperative program, a candidate must satisfactorily complete: 

  1. all requirements for the master of business administration degree, including not fewer than forty-eight semester hours in the business school;
  2. not fewer than 79 semester hours in the law school with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.25;
  3. all prescribed courses required for the JD degree;
  4. not fewer than five semesters of residence in the law school; and
  5. not less than four academic years in the entire cooperative program.

Courses taken in the business school are included in determining law school residence in any term taken jointly in both schools provided that a minimum of three semester hours of course work is taken in the law school. In addition, the normal rules controlling fractional residence apply.

Visit the Goizueta Business School website to learn more >

Doctor of Law and Master of Divinity (JD/MDiv)


The School of Law and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University offer two joint-degree programs for students who wish to pursue a concentrated course of in law and religion.

The Doctor of Law/Master of Divinity (JD/MDiv) degree program allows students to combine training in law with training in ministry. A candidate in this program matriculates concurrently at the School of Law and the School of Theology, completing the requirements for both degrees in five years (instead of the six years required to attain the degrees separately). One year is spent in the School of Law and another year is spent in the School of Theology. During the remaining three years, a candidate is required to register and pay tuition for three semesters in each school, but may enroll in courses in either school. To receive both the JD and the MDiv degrees, a candidate must satisfactorily complete:

  1. not fewer than 79 semester hours in the School of Law with a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or better;
  2. seventy semester hours in the School of Theology with a cumulative grade point average of C (2.00) or better; and
  3. all prescribed courses in each school.

The joint Doctor of Law/Master of Theological Studies (JD/MTS) degree program allows students to combine training in law with training in religious studies. This program emphasizes scholarly (rather than ministerial) aspects of law and religion. A candidate in this program matriculates concurrently at the School of Law and the School of Theology, completing the requirements for both degrees in four years (instead of the five years required to attain the degrees separately). One year is spent in the School of Law and another year is spent in the School of Theology. For the remaining two years, a candidate is required to register and pay tuition for three semesters in the School of Law and one semester in the School of Theology. To receive both the JD and the MTS degrees, a candidate must satisfactorily complete: 

  1. not fewer than 79 semester hours in the School of Law with a cumulative point average of 2.25 or better;
  2. not fewer than thirty-nine semester hours in the School of Theology with a cumulative grade point average of C (2.00) or better;
  3. all prescribed courses in each school; and
  4. a major research paper or thesis written under the director of the Law and Religion Program.

Candidates for either joint-degree program must apply to and be admitted by both the School of Law and the School of Theology. The two schools maintain independent admissions procedures and separately determine scholarships and financial aid. Prospective joint-degree candidates are encouraged to confer with the director of the Law and Religion Program and with faculty advisers in the School of Law and the School of Theology prior to matriculating. For information on these joint-degree programs, please contact: Director, Law and Religion Program, 380 Gambrell Hall, Emory Law, Atlanta, Georgia 30322-2770.

Visit the Center for the Study of Law and Religion to learn more >

Visit the Candler School of Theology website >

Doctor of Law and Master of Public Health (JD/MPH)


The School of Law and the Rollins School of Public Health cooperate in a program that enables a student to receive the Doctor of Law and Master of Public Health (JD/MPH) degrees in three-and-a half years rather than the usual five. Candidates for this program apply to each school independently and must meet the criteria for admissions to each school to be admitted to the joint-degree program. On admission, students consult with the program director in each school to plan their respective programs. The graduate of the dual-degree program will be equipped to work either as a public professional having an acute awareness of legal and policy issues or as a lawyer specializing in health care issues or in a public health or quasi-public health setting. For example, a graduate might work for a government or non-government organization developing policy and/or drafting legislation and regulations for food fortification, population planning and control, improving the status of women, protecting the rights of refugees, or other similar domestic or global health matters. Alternatively, the graduate might work as a lawyer specializing in protecting the rights of disabled individuals, as general counsel in a public or private hospital, as a lawyer or legal adviser for a state or federal public health agency, or in a similar capacity. Because the program is oriented toward the public interest, a graduate working as a lawyer probably would not find him or herself working in a traditional private law firm rather in a public health or health care setting.

Persons possessing the knowledge and skills that flow from the dual degree will have:

  • a special ability to solve public health problems using legal tools;
  • a concrete understanding of how public health policies are expressed in laws and regulations;
  • an ability to analyze the legal environment and carry out public health pr and activities in compliance with legal requirements;
  • special skills to advocate for sound public health policy; and
  • the ability to comprehend the legal ramifications of proposals for health care and social welfare reform.

Students are required to complete 79 credit hours for the JD degree and thirty-two credit hours for the MPH degree. Eleven credit hours of electives are waived by School of Law and ten credit hours of electives are waived by the Rollins School Public Health. While pursuing coursework in the Rollins School of Public Health, students may choose to concentrate their studies in any of the following departments: Behavioral Science and Health Education, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Environmental Health, Global Epidemiology, Global Health or Health Policy and Management. Students must establish a cumulative grade point average no less than a 2.7 in the Rollins School of Public Health and a 2.25 in the School of Law. Students must complete all courses prescribed for the JD program, with not fewer than five semesters of residence in the School of Law. Enrollment in a least two semesters in the Rollins School of Public Health is also required. Candidates for the JD/MPH program must apply separately to each school. LSAT scores may be substituted for GRE scores as part of the public health application. Other evaluation criteria remain the same for public health applicants. Academic standing in the School of Law is determined solely on the basis of course work completed in the law school. Candidates should consult the Rollins School of Public Health website for additional requirements applicable to that school.

Doctor of Law and Doctor of Philosophy (JD/PhD)


The Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy (JD/PhD) is administered by the School of Law and the Graduate Division of Religion, a unit of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A candidate must complete 79 hours of academic credit (five semesters) in the School of Law. A candidate must also complete 36 hours of academic credit (three semesters) in the Graduate School, followed by two additional semesters for PhD examinations and preparation and defense of the dissertation proposal. Beyond the basic course requirements, each JD/ PhD candidate designs his or her own program of course work and writing which must be approved by the adviser in the Graduate School. Emory Law students have pursued the JD/PhD degree with a number of graduate departments including Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Women's Studies. 

To learn more about the JD/PhD in law and religion, visit the Center for the Study of Law and Religion >

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)


For more information on the Doctor of Juridical Science Program, including the concentration in Law and Religion, see the SJD Program section.