Emory University School of Law

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Emory University School of Law
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
Students 815[3]
Location United States Atlanta, Georgia, US
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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]


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.

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 courtroom.[5][not in citation given]

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.[6]

Admissions and academics

Admission to the law school is selective. For the class entering in the fall of 2014, 223 JD candidates enrolled. The 25th and 75th LSAT percentiles for the 2014 entering class were 158 and 166, respectively, with a median of 165. The 25th and 75th undergraduate GPA percentiles were 3.30 and 3.85, respectively, with a median of 3.75.[7]

Nearly half of Emory Law students are women, and about 32% are from underrepresented ethnic groups. Approximately 60% of students come from outside the Southeastern U.S.[8]

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 joint JD and Master of Laws degree (JD/LLM) through Emory School of Law.

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.

Clinics and programs

Students' expertise is developed through several clinics and programs. Emory Law also offers several summer study abroad programs in Budapest at the Central European University (CEU) and throughout the world.[10]

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.[11] Other academic programs at Emory Law include:

  • Barton Child Advocacy Center
  • Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
  • Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance
  • Center for International and Comparative Law
  • Center for the Study of Law and Religion
  • Center for Transactional Law and Practice
  • Feminism and Legal Theory Project
  • Global Health Law and Policy Project
  • Project on War and Security in Law, Culture, and Society
  • Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative

  • Barton Policy and Legislative Clinics
  • Barton Appeal for Youth 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.[14]
  • "Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review" (online only)
  • Emory International Law Review, which publishes articles on topics ranging from human rights to international intellectual property issues.[15]
  • "IP Theory" (online only, published jointly with Indiana University Maurer School of Law)
  • "Journal of Law and Religion", a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal edited by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, with student participation, and published in collaboration with Cambridge University Press


According to Emory's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 62.4% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required, non-school funded employment nine months after graduation.[16] 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, and an additional 21.2% were in school funded positions.[17]


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.[18] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $290,430.[19]

Notable people


Business and private practice

  • C. Robert Henrikson, former chairman, president, and CEO of MetLife
  • Boisfeuillet Jones, Sr., Atlanta philanthropist
  • Raymond W. McDaniel Jr., president and chief executive officer of Moody's Corporation
  • John Dowd, the investigator and author of a report that led to the banning of Major League Baseball player Pete Rose. He produced the Dowd Report, which detailed Rose's betting on baseball games in the 1980s. Dowd also represented Senator John McCain (R-AZ) during the Senate Ethics Investigation known as the Keating 5 in the hearings held in 1990 and 1991.

Government and politics





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