Public Law and Regulation


The LLM concentration in public law and regulation offers students the opportunity to explore the modern regulatory state and the political, legislative and administrative processes that create and control regulatory bodies of law. 

Central areas of study include the interplay of law and politics in our constitutional and regulatory systems, the complex dynamic of business regulation in the United States and emerging issues about the nature and role of transnational regulation.

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 optional substantial paper) consisting of the following courses and programs:

Foundational Academic Courses

Students must complete 11 credit hours in the following required courses:

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Constitutional Law (4 credits)
  • Legislation & Regulation (2 credits)

Additional Coursework

Students can secure the remaining 13 required credits by drawing on a wide selection of relevant courses in the JD curriculum or other Emory University graduate courses approved by the academic adviser. Subject to faculty approval, any course incorporating significant public law elements would be permissible as an elective, depending on the studentís particular interests. These include Securities Regulation, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, Food & Drug Law, Immigration, Health Law and others. 

For example, students interested in securities regulation, intellectual property or law and religion might draw from the following (partial) lists of available courses, for their additional courses:

Securities Regulation

  • Accounting for Lawyers (2 credits)
  • Banking Law (3 credits)
  • Business Associations (4 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (3 credits)
  • Corporate Practice (3 credits)
  • Doing Deals (selected courses)
  • Federal Income Taxation: Corporations (3 credits)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (3 credits)
  • Securities Regulation (3 credits)

Intellectual Property

  • Computer Law (2 credits)
  • Copyright Law (3 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Innovations (two courses) (3 credits)
  • Intellectual Property (3 credits)
  • Patent Law (3 credits)
  • Patent Practice & Procedure (2 credits)
  • The Role of Patents

Law and Religion

  • Advanced Constitutional Law (2 credits)
  • Advanced Religious Liberty
  • Constitutional Law: Religion and State (3 credits)
  • History of Canon Law (2 credits)
  • History of Church/State Relations in the West
  • Islamic Law (3 credits)
  • Jewish Law (3 credits)

Optional Research Paper (4 credits)

Students may complete four of their 13 additional credits by preparing a researchpaper of 15,000 to 16,000 words, under the supervision of a public law and regulation faculty member. 

Pathways


Path #1:  U. S. JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • Legislation & Regulation (may be waived) - 2 hours
  • Constitutional Law (may be waived) - 4 hours
  • Administrative Law (may be waived) - 3 hours

Elective Courses  

  • Elective Course #1 - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #2 - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #3 - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #4 - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #5 - 3 hours
  • Additional Elective/Waiver Replacement 

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 

  • Legislation & Regulation - 2 hours
  • Constitutional Law - 4 hours
  • Administrative Law - 3 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
  • Elective Course #3 - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #4 - 3 hours
  • Additional Elective at Student's Option

Total Credit Hours Taken:  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)

  • Legislation & Regulation - 2 hours, yes
  • Constitutional Law - 4 hours, yes
  • Administrative Law - 3 hours, 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
  • Elective Course #2 - 3 hours, unknown
  • Elective Course #3 - 2 hours, unknown
  • Additional elective at student's option - unknown

Total Credit Hours:  22

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