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Emory University School of Law
[by Marty Schultz-Akerson]
With Atlanta as a background and a consistent ranking in the top 30, Emory has a lot going for it. Find out what students have to appreciate at one of the
South’s best law schools.
A perennial fixture on the U.S. News and government and international agencies locat- Clinic offers free legal assistance to those
World Report list of top law schools, the Em- ed in Atlanta make these dual degrees par- seeking to protect Georgia’s forests and
ory University School of Law takes advantage ticularly attractive. For example, students in natural habitats. In this program, second and
of its close proximity to the business center the joint JD/Master of Public Health program third year students take on important cases
of the South, Atlanta, as well as its affilia- benefit from the nearby Center for Disease under the supervision of staff trial lawyers.
tion to Emory University’s diverse academic Control and Prevention, The Carter Center, Finally, many students take advantage of
programs. With the Atlanta skyline in sight and the national headquarters for the Ameri- a Field Placement Program, interning in
and the gorgeous Emory campus all around, can Cancer Society. Likewise, the School of major corporations, law firms, government
law students at Emory develop the practical Law has partnered with the well-respected agencies, and non-profit organizations in the
legal skills necessary to succeed in today’s Candler School of Theology and the Center greater Atlanta area.
competitive market while reflecting on the for the Interdisciplinary Study of Religion to
legal issues that continue to challenge and form a national hub for the ecumenical and Student life is what you might expect from a
excite generations of legal scholars. inter-faith discussion of the complex interac- top-ranked southern law school: intellectual-
tions between law and religion. ly stimulating and intense, but not cutthroat.
Originally founded as a manual labor school Student organizations cover the entire legal
in 1836 by the Methodist church, Emory Students at Emory excel in the traditional spectrum, and students are encouraged to
University has since grown to become an legal curriculum, but also benefit from find their particular niche in the legal world
international research center. The addition comprehensive training meant to give them early on, whether it be as an editor for one of
of the School of Law in the 1910s, along with a head start on the practical skills necessary Emory’s three legal journals, a competitor in
the Schools of Theology, Business, and the to be successful lawyers. For example, all the Moot Court Society, or an advocate with
Arts and Sciences, played a large role in second year students are required to partici- the Emory Public Interest Group. Students
Emory’s rise to prominence. Earning its ABA pate in the highly acclaimed Trial Technique are expected to display the ethics and re-
accreditation in 1920, the School of Law has Program, a two week, intensive boot camp sponsibility central to the legal profession in
become a dominant player in a geographical led by trial lawyers, judges, and drama their interactions with one another, faculty,
area that continues to grow in importance in coaches. Students simulate all aspects of and administration, and the long-standing
the legal field. trial preparation, management, and advo- honor system stands as a testament to the
cacy, and are videotaped in a courtroom built trust faculty invest in their students.
In addition to the standard JD, Emory offers on campus specifically for this purpose.
its share of dual degree programs. Options Tuition at Emory is $32,772 for the aca-
include the JD/MBA, the JD/Master of Divin- Similarly, Emory students have access to demic year. The School of Law is aware of
ity, the JD/Master of Theological Studies, numerous clinical opportunities. The Barton the considerable financial commitment of a
the JD/PhD in Religious Studies, and the Law and Policy Clinic, established in 2000, legal education, and tries to assist students
JD/Master of Public Health. All of these strives to empower under-served children in in obtaining the best financial aid packages
programs allow students to complete the Georgia’s welfare system. Although students possible. 86% of students receive some form
two degrees faster than if they were to be do not provide direct legal representation for of financial aid. There are also significant
pursued separately. the children, they staff legal clinics, provide scholarship opportunities, such as the Wood-
cogent research and analysis for policy- ruff Fellows Program that covers tuition
Emory University’s exceptional academic makers, and oversee a free informational and fees and provides a $3000 stipend for
breadth as well as its proximity to numerous website. Likewise, the Turner Environmental candidates with exceptional academic and
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Getting admitted to Emory is difficult, al-
though not impossible. Recent acceptance
rates have hovered around 21% of the 4,000
applicants. Once accepted, students enjoy a
unique blend of education and lifestyle, honing
their intellect as legal scholars and practi-
tioners, enjoying the wonders of an elegant
southern campus and a world-class city.