Emory University School of Law

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Emory University School of Law
Emory law logo.svg
Motto Cor prudentis possidebit scientiam (Latin)
Motto in English The wise heart seeks knowledge (Proverbs 18:15)
Established 1916[1]
Type Private
Endowment US $30 million [2]
Dean Robert Schapiro
Academic staff 111[3]
Students 815[3]
Location United States Atlanta, Georgia, US
33°47′23.1″N 84°19′12.75″W / 33.789750°N 84.3202083°W / 33.789750; -84.3202083Coordinates: 33°47′23.1″N 84°19′12.75″W / 33.789750°N 84.3202083°W / 33.789750; -84.3202083
Campus Suburban
Website http://www.law.emory.edu/

Emory University School of Law (also known as Emory Law or ELS) is a US law school that is part of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. It is ranked #19 among ABA-approved law schools by the 2015 U.S. News & World Report.[4] According to Emory's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 83.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[5]


Emory University School of Law

Emory Law is located in Gambrell Hall, part of Emory’s 630-acre (2.5 km2) campus in the Druid Hills neighborhood, six miles (10 km) northeast of downtown Atlanta. Emory's location in Atlanta, a national business and legal center, gives law students the opportunity to take advanced classes from, and work with, some of the leading judges and lawyers in the United States.

Gambrell Hall

Gambrell Hall contains classrooms, faculty offices, administrative offices, student-organization offices, and a 325-seat auditorium. The school provides wireless Internet access throughout its facilities. Gambrell Hall also houses a state-of-the-art courtroom.[6]

The law school is across the street from the Goizueta Business School, and a short walk from the undergraduate library. An Einstein Bros. Bagels is located in the business school, and the law school students are also served by a small snack shop on the first floor of Gambrell Hall.

Hugh F. MacMillan Library

Emory's five-story Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library opened in August 1995. The library is situated adjacent to Gambrell Hall and includes access to over 400,000 volumes and more than 4,000 serials subscriptions.[7]

Admissions and academics[edit]

Admission to the law school is selective. For the class entering in the fall of 2012, 1,229 out of 3,943 J.D. applicants were offered admission (31.2%), with 253 matriculating. The 25th and 75th LSAT percentiles for the 2012 entering class were 161 and 166, respectively, with a median of 165. The 25th and 75th undergraduate GPA percentiles were 3.35 and 3.82, respectively, with a median of 3.70.[8]

Nearly half of Emory Law students are women, and about 32% are from underrepresented ethnic groups. Emory’s national reputation is also significant, with approximately 60% of students coming from outside the Southeastern U.S. [2].

It is ranked #19 among ABA-approved law schools by the 2015 [U.S. News & World Report].[9]

Doctor of Law Degree

The School of Law offers a three-year, full-time program leading to a Juris Doctor degree. Emory Law is particularly known for its expertise in Bankruptcy Law, Environmental Law, Feminist Legal Theory, Intellectual Property Law, International law, Law and Religion, and Transactional Law.

Joint-Degree Programs

Emory Law also offers joint-degree programs through cooperation with the Goizueta Business School (JD/MBA), the Candler School of Theology (JD/MTS and JD/MDiv), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (JD/PhD), the Rollins School of Public Health (JD/MPH), the Emory Center for Ethics (JD/MA in Bioethics), and the Center for Russian and East European Studies (JD/REES Certificate). [3]

LLM Programs

In partnership with Central European University, Emory also provides an LLM program for students with a U.S. law degree seeking advanced training in international commercial law and international politics. Emory also has a separate LLM program for qualified foreign professionals seeking training in international and comparative law. [4]

Clinics and programs[edit]

Students' expertise is developed through several clinics and programs. Emory Law also offers a summer study abroad program in Budapest at the Central European University (CEU).

Academic programs

A team from Emory Law's TI:GER IP/patent/technology program, a collaborative program between Emory and Georgia Tech, was featured on CNN Money.[10] Other academic programs at Emory Law include:

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program
  • Feminism and Legal Theory Program
  • Field Placement Program
  • Global Health Law & Policy Project
  • Trial Techniques Program
  • Barton Child Advocacy Clinic
  • Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic
  • International Humanitarian Law Clinic
  • Turner Environmental Law Clinic
  • Volunteer Clinic for Veterans


  • Emory Law Journal, which hosts the annual Randolph W. Thrower Symposium.
  • Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal, the only national bankruptcy journal edited and produced entirely by law students.[11]
  • Emory International Law Review, which publishes articles on topics ranging from human rights to international intellectual property issues.[12]
  • Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review (online only)
  • IP Theory (online only, published jointly with Indiana University Maurer School of Law)

Student organizations[edit]

Emory Law has a large, active, and diverse group of organizations students can be involved with including, among others:

Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC)

In addition, Emory's public interest group, the Emory Public Interest Committee, is very active. EPIC coordinates volunteer opportunities for students, hosts an annual public interest law conference, and hosts an annual award ceremony (Inspiration Awards) honoring outstanding local attorneys dedicated to public interest. Through the Inspiration Awards and other fundraising, EPIC is able to give grants to law students participating in unpaid summer internships.


According to Emory's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 83.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[14] Emory's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 5.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[15]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Emory for the 2013-2014 academic year is $75,716.[16] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $290,430.[17]

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


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