Vulnerability


The LLM concentration in vulnerability and the human condition allows in-depth exploration of the various manifestations of vulnerability found in both human beings and the societal institutions they create.

Vulnerability theory encompasses consideration of the concept of universal and constant vulnerability and the responsibility of the state to promote policies and laws that foster resilience and equality. 

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 substantial policy project. Students may choose between two tracks: (1) a vulnerability and the human condition theory track, involving a substantial research paper prepared under the supervision of a faculty member with expertise in theory or (2) a policy track, involving a policy project conducted under the supervision of an appropriate faculty member.


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 courses, seminars and programs:

Foundational Academic Courses and Seminars

Students must complete 9 credits from among the following:

  • Child, Parent & State (3 credits)
  • Child Advocacy: The Law the Policy and the Players  (2 credits)
  • Disability & Discrimination
  • Education Law and Policy
  • Elder Law (2-3 credits)
  • Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Family Law (3 credits)
  • Feminist Legal Theory (2-3 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 (2 credits)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Law (3 credits)
  • Poverty Law (3 credits)
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Vulnerability and the Law

Policy Track

Theory Track

Students enrolled in the policy track must complete:

  • Three credits of clinical training (e.g., the Barton Policy Clinic, Legislative Clinic, Juvenile Defender Clinic, or Appeal for Youth Clinic, the Environmental Law Clinic or the Humanitarian Law Clinic)
  • Substantial policy or law reform project under the supervision of a member of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Turner Environmental Clinic, or International Humanitarian Law Clinic faculty or other faculty member with relevant experience.

 

Students enrolled in the theory track must complete:

 

  • Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law (3 credits) or three credits in a graduate course in another discipline, based on the background and interests of the student and approval of the academic adviser
  • Research paper of 15,000 to 16,000 words, under the supervision of a faculty member with expertise in theory.

 

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. 

Additional Elective Seminars and Courses

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Animal Law (3 credits)
  • Advanced International Negotiations
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Bill of Rights
  • Critical Race Theory
  • 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
  • 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
  • (Policy Track) Clinic:  Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender, Appeal for Youth, Environmental or Humanitarian - 3 hours; (Theory Track) Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law, or other graduate course with approval of the academic adviser - 3 hours
  • Directed research paper - 3 hours

Elective Courses  

  • Elective Course #1 - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #2 - 3 hours
  • Elective Course #3 - 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 #2:  Foreign-Educated Attorneys

Required Courses 

  • Foundation Course #1 - 3 hours
  • Foundation Course #2 - 3 hours
  • Foundation Course #3 - 3 hours
  • (Policy Track) Clinic:  Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender, Appeal for Youth, Environmental or Humanitarian - 3 hours; (Theory Track) Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law, or other graduate course with approval of the academic adviser - 3 hours
  • Directed research paper - 3 hours
  • Introduction to U. S. Law/1st Semester - 2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research/1st Semester - 2 hours
  • Professional Workshop/January - none
  • Professional Workshop/August - none

Elective Courses

  • Elective Course #1 - 4 hours
  • Elective Course #2 - 3 hours
  • (Policy Track) Additional elective at student's option; (Theory Track) Elective Course #3 - 3 hours
  • Additional Elective at Student's Option

Total Credit Hours Taken:  Policy Track - 24, 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 I - 3 hours, yes
  • Foundation Course #2 - 3 hours, unknown
  • Foundation Course #3 - 3 hours, unknown
  • (Policy Track) Clinic:  Barton Policy, Legislative, Juvenile Defender, Appeal for Youth, Environmental or Humanitarian - 3 hours, no; (Theory Track) Seminar on Vulnerability and the Law, or other graduate course with approval of the academic adviser - 3 hours, no
  • Directed research paper - 3 hours
  • Introduction to U. S. Law/1st Semester - 2 hours
  • American Legal Writing, Analysis & Research/1st Semester - 2 hours
  • Professional Workshop/January - none
  • Professional 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
  • Additional elective at student's option - 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

Qualifying Foundational Courses

  • Child Welfare Law and Policy (prep for Policy Clinic)
  • Children's Rights (prep for Policy Clinic)
  • Disability and Discrimination
  • Education Law and Policy
  • Elder Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • 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)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Law
  • Poverty Law
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Vulnerability and the Law

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