Generalized Studies


Students pursuing an LLM at Emory have the unique opportunity through general study to design a curriculum based on their unique set of experiences and interests.

Emory Law provides a wide array of courses in various areas of specialization, based on the broad expertise of its faculty. Through the LLM program, students have the opportunity to complete a master of laws in an area of academic concentration chosen by each student, including health law, intellectual property, environmental law, international law, tax law or others. By pursuing the general studies track, students have the flexibility to select coursework in any area and are required to spend a minimum of two semesters in residency at Emory Law and successfully complete 24 credit hours of course work. Each LLM student pursuing general study will work closely with an academic advisor to design a curriculum that will meet the student’s academic needs.

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) consisting of the following elements:

Course Work

Students may select courses from those offered in Emory Law’s catalog of courses.

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Pathways


Path #1:  U. S. JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • None

Elective Courses  

  • Elective Course #1/1st Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #2/1st Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #3/1st Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #4/1st Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #5/2nd Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #6/2nd Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #7/2nd Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #8/2nd Semester - 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 

  • Introduction to US Law/1st Semester - 2
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research/1st Semester - 2
  • Professionalism Workshop/January - none
  • Professionalism Workshop/August - none

Elective Courses

  • Elective Course #1/1st Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #2/1st Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #3/1st Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #4/1st Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #5/2nd Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #6/2nd Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #7/2nd Semester - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #8/2nd Semester - 3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken:  24

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)

  • Introduction to US Law/1st Semester - 2 hours, no
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research - 2 hours, no
  • Legal Profession/1st Semester - 3 hours, yes
  • Professionalism Workshop/January - 0, no
  • Professionalism Workshop/August - 0, no

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 #1/1st Semester - unknown
  • Elective Course #2/1st Semester - unknown
  • Elective Course #3/1st Semester - unknown
  • Elective Course #4/1st Semester - unknown
  • Elective Course #5/2nd Semester - unknown
  • Elective Course #6/2nd Semester - unknown
  • Elective Course #7/2nd Semester - unknown
  • Elective Course #8/2nd Semester -unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option - unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option - unknown

Total Credit Hours:  7

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement for New York Bar:  24

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

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