An Emory legal education trains lawyers to meet the challenges of today and the opportunities of tomorrow. Developing mature, sensitive judgment in persons who will be among this country's decision makers requires more than knowledge of rules of law and an ability to analyze problems. At Emory Law, 600 students from almost every state, several foreign countries and nearly 200 undergrad institutions work together with an experienced faculty to learn how to use law in dealing with the changing problems of an increasingly complex society. The study of law at Emory is a process of continuing intellectual development.
Emory Law has a long and valued tradition in the use of the honor system. Clients place confidence and trust in their lawyers and society entrusts lawyers with the care of its laws. Thus, an integral part of a law student's education adherence to the honor system.
The law school's mission lies in two essential interwoven purposes: through teaching to help intellectually gifted men and women fully develop their technical and theoretical knowledge and moral capabilities for leadership roles in the profession of law, business and industry and/or government service; and through the quest for new knowledge and public service, to improve human well being. These purposes rest upon the premises that a quality legal education is one of the more powerful resources of preservation and illumination of what is in society's best interest and that the privilege of this education entails an obligation to use this knowledge for the common good. To support this mission, the law school strives to bring together outstanding faculty and students in a nurturing and challenging environment. Diversity of ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, religious, national and international background, and experience of its faculty, students and staff add greatly to the intellectual ferment and are actively sought. To that end, the law school actively seeks to maximize the diversity of the pool of qualified candidates for both admission and employment.
The law school aspires to create a climate in which equality of all persons and openness to critical consideration of all ideas are encouraged and sustained. To that end, the law school intends that each person and every scholarly activity be valued and that the whole fabric of scholarship and community be regarded as greater than the sum individual parts.
Beyond the demand that teaching, learning, research and service be measured by high standards of integrity and excellence, the law school aims to imbue the academic experience with certain qualities, including: commitment to humane teaching and mentorship and collegial interaction among faculty, students and staff;
- permeable disciplinary boundaries that encourage integrative teaching, research and service;
- commitment to use knowledge to improve human well-being; and
- global perspective on the role of law in improving the human condition.