Transactional Law


Emory Law is the U.S. leader in training students in transactional law, defined broadly as the skills and knowledge needed by lawyers working in business and commercial settings.

Located in the dynamic city of Atlanta, the business, commercial and governmental capital of the southeastern United States, Emory offers a particularly rich set of courses for students interested in a business and commercial practice.  The LLM concentration in transactional law is distinctive because of the core of experiential course requirements, supplemented by a group of more traditional courses that provide a foundation to the transactional setting.

The courses are taught by both experienced practicing attorneys who are leaders in their fields and full time faculty who emphasize the practical side of transactional law. “Doing Deals” courses focus almost entirely on learning for practice. Capstone courses, such as Emory’s “Mergers and Acquisitions Workshop,” provide opportunities for advanced experiential learning in specialized areas of the law.  Because students have taken the required skills courses, the capstone courses are conducted at a more sophisticated level than would otherwise be possible.

Students enrolled in this concentration must complete a total of 24 credit hours. In lieu of one course, a student may undertake research and writing on a topic of the student’s choice, subject to approval and availability of a faculty member who will supervise the 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 consisting of the following elements:

 

Foundational Academic Courses

Students must complete 17 credit hours in the following required courses:

  • Business Associations (4 credits)
  • Contracts (4 credits)
  • Doing Deals: Contract Drafting (3 credits)
  • Doing Deals: Deal Skills (3 credits)
  • International Business Transactions (3 credits)

 

Representative Capstone Courses

  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions (3 credits)
  • Complex Restructurings and Distressed Acquisitions (3 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Practice (3 credits)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (2 credits)
  • Negotiated Corporate Transactions (3 credits)
  • Private Equity (3 credits)
  • Venture Capital (3 credits)

 

Representative Elective Courses

  • Bankruptcy (3 credits)
  • Corporate Finance (3 credits)
  • Employment Law (3 credits)
  • Food and Drug Law (2 credits)
  • Franchise Law (2 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Licensing (3 credits)
  • International Tax (3 credits)
  • Labor Arbitration Practice (3 credits)
  • Negotiations (2 credits)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (3 credits)
  • Products Liability (3 credits)
  • Securities Regulation (3 credits)
  • White Collar Crime (3 credits)

Pathways


Path #1:  U. S. JD Degree Holders

Required Courses

  • Business Associations (may be waived) - 4 hours
  • Contracts (may be waived) - 4 hours
  • Doing Deals: Contract Drafting - 3 hours
  • Doing Deals: Deal Skills - 3 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/Waiver Replacement 
  • 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 

  • Introduction to US Law/1st Semester - 2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research/1st Semester - 2 hours
  • Business Associations - 4 hours
  • Contracts - 4 hours
  • Doing Deals: Contract Drafting - 3 hours
  • Doing Deals: Deal Skills - 3 hours
  • 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
  • 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)

  • Business Associations - 4 hours, yes
  • Contracts - 4 hours, yes
  • Administrative Law - 3 hours, no
  • Introduction to US Law/1st Semester - 3 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