Admission and Registration
Admission to the School of Law is highly competitive. Choosing 215 students from an applicant pool of approximately four thousand is a difficult process, and many are taken into consideration. A student's undergraduate grade point average and score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) are particularly important. Because the faculty of the law school wants to maintain a diverse, well-rounded student body, the School of Law Admission Committee also considers such factors as extracurricular activities, work experience, level of quality and difficulty of undergraduate course writing ability, letters of recommendation, and other outstanding nonacademic factors. Recognizing that minority groups are sorely underrepresented in the legal profession, Emory University School of Law endeavors to attract qualified minority applicants. Such applicants are encouraged to submit to the Assistant Dean for admission any specific information concerning their background or accomplishments that would help the Admission Committee evaluate the applicant's ability to pursue the study of law.
Beginning students are accepted only in the fall semester. Students must apply before March 1 for the next fall semester, and the application must be accompanied by a non-refundable $70 fee. Since the law school uses a modified rolling admission system, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Files must be complete by the March 1 deadline in order to receive full consideration. The following items are required to complete the application for admission:
- Application form and fee
- Personal Statement
- LSDAS report (includes LSAT scores and copies of college transcripts)
- Two letters of recommendation. These should be from persons, excluding relatives, who know you personally, have recent knowledge of your academic performance and activities, and can speak of you in personal terms. Academic letters are most valuable and carry the greatest weight in the admission process. Therefore, we suggest that you submit letters from professors under whom you have studied, or from your employer, if you have been out of school for a number of years. Composite letters from your undergraduate college are acceptable.
An email notification message is sent to applicants when their files are complete. The applicant is responsible for completing the application by the deadline.
Although personal interviews are usually not granted, the Admission Committee may require some applicants to come to the law school for such an interview. Applicants who are not required to appear for an interview should submit any special statements they wish to make in writing to the Assistant Dean for Admission.
Applicants are invited and encouraged to visit the law school, sit in on classes, and talk with law school personnel and students.
Law School Admission Test/Law School Data Assembly Service
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) of Newtown, Pennsylvania, is required. Students must apply to take the test directly to the LSAC, 662 Penn Street, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 18940, www.lsac.org, 215.968.1001. Emory also requires use of the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) provided by Law Services. The LSDAS submits an unofficial copy of the applicant's college transcript; along with the report containing the LSAT score, to the law school. Applicants should take the LSAT no later than December of the year before entering law school. Applicants who take the test later than December are at a disadvantage in the admission process.
The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools
An excellent resource for prospective law students is The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools. This guide contains a profile of students accepted into Emory's most recent law school class and has information on all accredited law schools. The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools can be obtained from Law School Admission Council via their website, www.lsac.org. The book is also available in college and university bookstores.
Students who are accepted for admission to the law school are required to submit tuition deposits of $250 in the spring and $500 in the summer. The due dates for the deposits are specified in the student's letter of acceptance. Deposits are nonrefundable and are applied toward tuition for students who enroll.
Prelaw College Requirement
Any person who will have received, at the time of law school registration, an undergraduate baccalaureate degree from a college or university of approved standing, may apply for admission to the JD program. Emory University School of Law does not require a baccalaureate degree in any specific area of study.
A student who wishes to transfer to Emory from another law school that is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and a regular member of the Association of American Law Schools (ABA-AALS) will be considered after he or she has completed the first year of law study and if he or she has performed exceptionally well in the first year of law study. A student who is ineligible for readmission to another law school is not eligible for transfer to Emory. No credit for advanced standing is given for any law school work completed with a grade lower than C or its equivalent. A transfer student will be credited with acceptable earned credits elsewhere and will be permitted to graduate after completion, at the required level, of not less than four full semesters of residence and of not fewer than 90 semester hours, not fewer than 58 of which have been accomplished at Emory University School of Law. The deadline for transfer applications is June 30 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. More specific information and application forms can be obtained from the Office of Admission, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 30322-2770.
Any law student who has completed a minimum of one year in good standing at a fully accredited (ABA-AALS) law school and is interested in attending Emory University School of Law as a guest student should write to the Office of Admission. Approval of courses and certification of good standing from the student's own law school are required. Deadlines for guest applications are July 15 for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester. Guest students are admitted on a space available basis. Guest students intending to enroll at Emory should be aware of the law school's policy of anonymous grading of exams. This policy does not allow for any individual student's examination to be graded separate from that of the class. As a result, Emory is often not able to supply a guest student with grade information at the time required by that student's degree-granting school.
Before choosing to visit at Emory, particularly during one's final semester of the year of law school, a guest student is urged to consult with the home law school regarding our grading policy. This policy could result in a delay in your home school's issuance of your final degree.
Any applicant whose native language is not English is required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in using the English language. Such applicants should apply directly to TOEFL, www.ets.org, ETS, Corporate Headquarters, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541 USA for further information and appropriate application forms.
International Credential Evaluation
Emory University School of Law requires that your foreign transcripts be submitted through the LSAC JD Credential Assembly Service. If you completed any postsecondary work outside the US (including its territories) or Canada, you must use this service for the evaluation of your foreign transcripts. The one exception to this requirement is if you completed the foreign work through a study abroad, consortium, or exchange program sponsored by a US or Canadian institution, and the work is clearly indicated as such on the home campus transcript. This service is included in the LSDAS subscription fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LSDAS report. If we determine that you need to submit a TOEFL score, you must contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for the JD Credential Assembly Service is 0058. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included in your LSDAS law school report.
To use the JD CAS, log in to your online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts.
Questions about the JD Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001, or LSACINFO(at)LSAC.org.
A recent medical history report recorded on university forms is required on acceptance to the university. Students may not register until a report is on file with the Emory University Student Health Service. A new medical history report is required for reenrollment after an attendance lapse of one year or more. For readmission after withdrawal for medical reasons, medical clearance by designated university health officials is required.
All correspondence concerning admission should be sent to Assistant Dean for Admission, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 30322-2770.
State Bar Examinations
Requirements for admission to practice law vary from state to state. Some states require registration of beginning law students. Before entering any law school, a student should obtain information from the office of the examining authority concerning specific admissions requirements for the state in which the student intends to practice law.
Students register at the beginning of each term according to the schedule in the Academic Calendar. Beginning students must have submitted final official transcripts before the end of the fall semester in order to be permitted to register for spring semester. In cases where late registration is permitted, students pay a late-registration fee of $50. Except in unusual circumstances, students are not permitted to register after seven calendar days from the beginning of classes.
Students may carry no fewer than ten nor more than eighteen semester hours during the fall or spring terms.
Eight calendar days after the beginning of a term, students are not permitted to add courses to their schedules. Beyond eight calendar days after the beginning of a term, a student may withdraw from a course only with the permission of the instructor and approval from the Dean or the Dean's designate.
JD degree requirements must be completed within seven years of entrance.
A student may audit a course with approval from the instructor. The class hours involved in auditing a course are counted towards the maximum allowable load. The tuition charge for an audit is the same as for credit courses. Courses audited may not be used for credit by examination, nor may audit courses be converted into credit courses after the time for approved course changes. Applicants are not enrolled in classes nor considered students of the university until all tuition, fees, and charges have been paid or satisfactory arrangements for installment payments have been made with the University Bursar.
Beginning students are required to register and report for an orientation program as shown in the Academic Calendar. The orientation program precedes the commencement of classes and is intended to provide incoming students with a full and proper introduction to law school faculty and staff, to the services offered by the school, and to important aspects of the system of legal instruction as carried out at Emory. The program also introduces students to the larger university and to diverse portions of the legal community into which law students are entering.