Human Rights Law


The LLM concentration in human rights law offers students the opportunity to explore the theory and practice of human rights law in the national and/or international context.

Students enrolled in this concentration must complete the required courses and a substantial dissertation. In view of the broad scope and interdisciplinary nature of the human rights field, students will be able to complete their required credit hours by selecting from a wide range of courses at Emory Law. 

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:

Foundational Academic Courses

Students must complete 12 credit hours in the following required courses

  • Human Rights Law (3 credits)
  • International Criminal Law OR International Humanitarian Law (3 credits)
  • International Law (3 credits)
  • One course in the field of Civil Rights law in the United States (3 credit hours)

Research Paper

Students must complete four credit hours preparing a research paper of 15,000 to 16,000 words, under the supervision of a human rights faculty member.

Additional Required Coursework

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

Pathways


Path #1:  U. S. JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • Human Rights Law - 3 hours
  • International Law - 3 hours
  • One course in U. S. Civil Rights Law - 3 hours
  • International Criminal Law OR International Humanitarian Law - 3 hours
  • Directed Research Paper - 4 hours

Elective Courses  

  • Elective Course #1 - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #2 - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #3 - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #4 - 3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option
  • 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 #2:  Foreign-Educated Attorneys

Required Courses 

  • Human Rights Law - 3 hours
  • International Law - 3 hours
  • One course in U. S. Civil Rights Law - 3 hours
  • International Criminal Law OR International Humanitarian Law - 3 hours
  • Directed Research Paper - 4 hours
  • 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 - 4 hours
  • Elective Course #2 - 3 hours
  • Additional elective at student's option
  • Additional elective at student's option

Total Credit Hours Taken:  25

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)

  • Human Rights Law - 4 hours, no
  • International Law - 4 hours, no
  • One course in U. S. Civil Rights Law - 3 hours, no
  • International Criminal Law OR International Humanitarian Law - 3 hours, no
  • Directed Research Paper - none, no
  • 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 - 3 hours, unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option - unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option - unknown

Total Credit Hours:  24

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