JD Program


Emory Law invites applications for its juris doctor program.

The following items are required for Admission to consider your application completed:

  1. Application for Admission
    Emory Law’s electronic application is available through the Law School Admission Council electronic application at www.lsac.org.
     
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation
    Emory Law requires that your letters be submitted through the LSAC letter of recommendation service. This service is included in your CAS registration subscription. Your letters will be copied and sent to us along with your CAS report as soon as your file is complete. Do not submit more than two letters of recommendation. Emory Law only participates in the Letter of Recommendation service (not the new Recommender Evaluation service). Emory Law does not require a dean’s certification form.
     
  3. CAS (Candidate Assembly Service) Report
    A complete CAS report consists of all undergraduate transcripts and at least one reportable LSAT score. Once we receive your application, we will initiate the request for this data from CAS.
     
    1. LSAT score: We only consider your highest LSAT score, which must have been taken within the past five years.
       
    2. Official transcripts: A transcript from each college and university attended should be sent directly to: Law Services, Box 2000-M, Newtown, PA 18940-0993. Do not send this information to Emory Law. The CAS will analyze and duplicate your transcripts and will send a copy to Emory with your LSAT scores.
       
  4. Personal Statement
    Lawyers are professional writers. In our experience, virtually all employers look for graduates with superior legal writing skills. Emory devotes substantial resources to teaching legal writing, with all students receiving significant individualized attention. Students who come to law school with solid writing skills are in the best position to take advantage of this training. Accordingly, in making admission decisions, Emory looks carefully at writing ability as evidenced by the LSAT essay, submissions with the application, and letters of recommendation.
     
    Emory Law requires the submission of a Personal Statement. You should describe any skills or traits that you have had an opportunity to develop to an unusual level and discuss any significant activities or work experience that might enrich your study of law. You may choose to write about any topic(s) you believe would be most helpful to the Admission Committee as it reviews your application for admission. The Personal Statement should not exceed two typed, double-spaced pages. Applicants will disadvantage themselves by disregarding this limit.
     
  5. Application Fee
    You must pay the $80 nonrefundable application fee ($40 if you apply in September 2013) via the LSAC online application. The nonrefundable fee is not credited to tuition in the event of admission.

    Emory Law offers application fee waivers for financial hardship if LSAC grants you a financial waiver to take the LSAT. If so, please submit a copy of the LSAT financial waiver to jdadmission(at)emory.edu. Emory Law will contact applicants directly with whom we wish to offer merit-based fee waivers. We encourage all candidates to register for the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) through LSAC.

For International Applications

  1. TOEFL Exam (for non-native English speakers)
    If your native language is not English or if you did not obtain a degree from an accredited U.S. university, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required to demonstrate a satisfactory level of English language proficiency. For further information and appropriate application forms, contact TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940.
     
  2. International Credential Evaluation (for those educated outside of the U.S.)
    Applicants who have done all or part of their undergraduate work outside of the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada (with the exception of U.S. students who participated in study-abroad programs) should register for the JD Credential Assembly Service. This service is included in the CAS registration fee.
     
    This service will evaluate foreign educational credentials, correlate the credentials to U.S. equivalents and submit evaluations directly to the Emory Law Admission Office. International applicants are encouraged to begin this process as early as possible in the admission cycle to ensure that all transcripts and other required materials are received by the deadline.