Child Law and Policy


The LLM concentration in child law and policy offers students the opportunity to develop advanced skills in the formulation and application of policies and laws affecting children.

Students can choose between two tracks: (1) a theory track involving a substantial research paper prepared under the supervision of a faculty member with expertise in theory and (2) a policy track, involving a policy project conducted under the supervision of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center faculty and others with expertise in policy and legislative development. Students enrolled in this concentration must complete a total of 24 credit hours, consisting of course work and either a substantial research paper or an equivalent policy project. 

Open to:

  • U.S. JD degree holders
  • Foreign-educated attorneys

Requirements


Degree Requirements

  1. Two semesters of residency as a full-time student
  2. 24 credit hours (course work plus substantial research paper or policy project) consisting of the following elements:

Foundational Academic Courses

Students must complete 12 credits from among these foundational courses:

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Animal Law (3 credits)
  • Child Advocacy: The Law, the Policy and the Players (2 credits)
  • Child, Parent & State (3 credits)
  • Education Law & Policy (3 credits)
  • Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Family Law (3 credits)
  • Global Public Health Law (3 credits)
  • Health Law (3 credits)
  • Immigration Law (3 credits)
  • International and Comparative Family Law (3 credits)
  • Kids in Conflict with the Law or Juvenile Law (2-3 credits)
  • Law, Religion and the History of the Family in Western Tradition (3 credits)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Law (2-3 credits)
  • Poverty Law (3 credits)
  • Other courses at Emory Law, or within other Emory departments, including business, nursing, public heath, sociology, etc., as approved by the academic adviser, based on the background and interests of the student

Policy Track

Theory Track

Students enrolled in policy track must complete:

  • Six credits from the Barton Policy Clinic, Legislative Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic, and/or Appeal for Youth Clinic, and
  • Substantial policy or law reform project under supervision of Barton Child Law and Policy Center faculty.

 

Students enrolled in the theory track must complete:

  • Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law (3 credits) and
  • Research paper of 15,000 to 16,000 words, under the supervision of a member of the law, policy and theory faculty.

 

The remaining credit hours should be chosen from relevant courses in the JD curriculum or other Emory University graduate courses approved by the academic adviser. 

Potential Elective Courses and Seminars include:

  • Advanced International Negotiations
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Bill of Rights
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Disability & Discrimination
  • Education Law and Policy
  • Federal Housing and Homelessness
  • Feminist Legal Theories
  • LGBT Law
  • Access to Justice Workshop
  • Free Speech and Hate Speech
  • International Environmental Law
  • Politics and Democratic Governance
  • Reproductive Issues
  • Supreme Court and the Family Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Various human rights and comparative/international topics

Pathways


Path #1:  U. S. JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • Foundation Course #1 - 3 hours
  • Foundation Course #2 - 3 hours
  • Foundation Course #3 - 3 hours
  • Foundation Course #4 - 3 hours

Elective Courses  

  • Elective Course #1 - 3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option
  • Additional elective at student's option
  • Clinic - Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender or Appeal for Youth - 6 hours
  • Policy/Reform Dir. Research Project - 3 hours

Total Credit Hours Taken:  24

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement:  24

Note:  Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student - 12

Path #2:  Foreign-Educated Attorneys

Required Courses 

  • Foundation Course #1 - 3 hours
  • Foundation Course #2 - 3 hours
  • Foundation Course #3 - 3 hours
  • Foundation Course #4 - 3 hours
  • Policy Track:  Clinic - Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender or Appeal for Youth - 6 hours; Theory Track:  Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law - 3 hours
  • Policy/Reform Dir. Research Project - 3 hours
  • Introduction to U. S. Law/1st Semester - 2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research/1st Semester - 2 hours
  • Professionalism Workshop/January - none
  • Professionalism Workshop/August - none

Elective Courses

  • Elective Course #1 - 2 hours
  • (Theory Track Only) Elective Course #2 - 2 hours
  • Additional Elective at Student's Option

Total Credit Hours Taken:  Policy Track - 27, Theory Track - 26

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement:  24

Note:  Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student - 12

Path #3:  Foreign-Educated Attorneys - New York Bar Exam Educational Requirements

Required Courses + number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Foundation Course #1, Family Law 1 - 3 hours, yes
  • Foundation Course #2 - 3 hours, unknown
  • Foundation Course #3 - 3 hours, unknown
  • Foundation Course #4 - 3 hours, unknown
  • (Policy Track) Clinic - Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender or Appeal for Youth - 4 hours, no
  • (Theory Track) Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law - 3 hours, no
  • Policy/Reform Dir. Research Project - none, no
  • Introduction to U. S. Law/1st Semester - 2 hours, no
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research/1st Semester - 2 hours, no
  • Professionalism Workshop/January - none
  • Professionalism Workshop/August - none

Elective Courses + number of credit hours counted towards NY Bar Exam + is course content tested on the NY Bar Exam (see List A and B below)

  • Elective Course #1, NY Bar Tested Content - 3 hours, yes

Total Credit Hours:  26

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement for New York Bar:  24

Note:  Minimum hours required per semester for full-time student - 12

Qualifying Foundational Courses

Check availability of courses each semester.

  • Administrative Law
  • Adoption
  • Animal Law
  • Child Welfare Law and Policy (prep for Policy Clinic)
  • Children's Rights (prep for Policy Clinic)
  • Education Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law I & II
  • Global Public Health Law
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International and Comparative Family Law
  • Kids in Conflict with the Law/Juvenile Law (prep for Juvenile Defender Clinic)
  • Law, Religion and the History of the Family in the Western Tradition
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Law
  • Poverty Law
  • Other courses at Emory Law or other Emory departments as approved by the academic advisor

Disclaimer:  Only the New York Board of Legal Examiners has the authority to make a final determination about whether a student has met the educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the New York Bar Exam.  This checklist is intended to provide guidance for LLM students, but does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the New York Bar Exam.

List A:  Elective courses that are LIMITED or EXCLUDED in the 24 credit hours of LLM work required by the New York Bar Exam.

LIMITEDThese courses may count toward the 24 hours required by the New York bar, but only in limited amounts.  All credit hours earned for these courses will typically be counted toward the Emory LLM.

  • Clinics (e.g. International Humanitarian Law Clinic, Barton Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic) - 4 maximum hours
  • Courses related to legal training taught by law school faculty or affiliated faculty - 6 maximum hours

EXCLUDED:  Students may take these courses as "extra" hours.  They will typically count toward your Emory LLM, but will NOT count toward the 24 hours required by the New York Bar Exam.

  • Directed research projects/independent study
  • Externships
  • Any distance, correspondence or online course
  • Courses not taught on the campus of a U. S. university, even if taught by a U. S. faculty member.

List B: New York Bar Exam Tested Content Courses

Review www.nybarexam.org/content/contentoutline.htm for additional information.

Course/Hours

  • Business Associations - 3 or 4 hours
  • Civil Procedure - 4 hours
  • Constitutional Law - 4 hours
  • Contracts - 4 hours
  • Criminal Law - 3 hours
  • Evidence - 3 or 4 hours
  • Family Law 1 - 3 hours
  • Legal Profession - 3 hours
  • Legislation & Regulation - 2 hours
  • Property - 4 hours
  • Secured Transactions - 3 hours
  • Torts - 4 hours
  • Trusts & Estates - 4 hours