Programs of Study
Q. Do you offer a paralegal program?
Q. How do the joint degree programs work?
A. To apply for a joint degree program you must apply to both of the relevant schools (for the JD/MBA, the law school and the Goizueta Business School; for the JD/M.Div. or JD/MTS, the law school and the Candler School of Theology; for the JD/Ph.D. in Religion or the JD/MA in Judaic Studies, the law school and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; and for the JD/MPH, the law school and the Rollins School of Health). The schools have separate admission procedures, so you must apply separately to each school, and be accepted by each. You will then decide which school you want to start in, and notify the schools. If you choose law for the first year, you will do your first year of the alternate school in year two. In the subsequent years you will take classes at both schools. You may also apply for a joint degree program during your first year of law school.
Q. Do you have a part time JD program, a summer program or evening classes?
A. No. We only have a three-year, full time program with day classes. There is no summer session.
Q. I am a practicing attorney, and I want to audit a course. May I do that?
A. Yes, you may contact the Office of Admission to obtain an application and check our web page for a course schedule.
Q. I want to practice in a specific area of law. May I get a degree in that area?
A. No, the JD is a general law degree and allows you to practice in any area of law.
Q: What courses are offered at Emory Law.
A: You can see a list of courses offered in the Emory Law Academic Catalog.
Q. Do your professors use the Socratic Method of teaching? If so, what is the Socratic Method?
A. Yes, our professors primarily use the Socratic Method. The Socratic Method of teaching means that the professor engages the students in debate and discussion, instead of just lecturing. The professor will ask frequent questions of the students, and often debate issues in an attempt to get them to see different angles of the case at hand.
Q. In what areas of law does the Emory Law specialize?
A. We have many strong programs, but some of our strongest include taxation, litigation, law and religion, corporate law, international law and environmental law.
Q. What are some of the highlights of the JD program at Emory Law?
- One of our most renowned programs is our Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques. While most schools offer trial techniques, ours is required for all second-year students. For 10 days we have visiting law professionals from all over the country come and demonstrate particular trial techniques (such as opening and closing arguments, interviewing experts or children, etc.) while the second-year students watch a simulcast of the demonstrations in our auditorium. The students are then broken into groups where they practice the techniques themselves, and are videotaped while doing so. The law professionals, as well as professional actors, then review the videotapes with the individual students and critique the performance. This is an extraordinary program and provides excellent experience and practice in litigation.
- We offer up to four clinical experiences.
- There are nearly 40 student organizations that offer academic and social support.
- Sections for first-year classes are small.