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Our mission is to help the peoples of the world learn how law and religion can balance each other and ultimately stabilize society and politics.
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Thank you for your interest in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, a global leader in the interdisciplinary study of the interaction between law and religion.

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CSLR?

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is home to internationally recognized scholars, compelling interdisciplinary projects, global conferences, and scholarly works.

We involve our students in the work we do, through six degree programs, moot court competitions, the Journal of Law and Religion, research assistantships, and a lively community of interdisciplinary scholars.

We are committed to breaking new ground in our field while including religious traditions and legal systems from around the world.

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CSLR student John Wamwara named Dooyeweerd Fellow

CSLR student John Wamwara named Dooyeweerd Fellow

SJD candidate John Wamwara's research interests include religious extremism and the right to freedom of religion.

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CSLR alum Andrea Natale helped Irma victims reach safety

CSLR alum Andrea Natale helped Irma victims reach safety

Andrea Natala (JD 2017) helped Italian citizens in the Caribbean and Florida find refuge from Hurricane Irma.

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SJD students, including Audra Savage, organized graduate student conference

SJD students, including Audra Savage, organized graduate student conference

Savage and other CSLR students participated in the inaugural conference titled, "Populism & the Rule of Law."

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Programs & Requirements

We offer six degree programs: Doctor of Law/Master of Theological Studies (JD/MTS), Doctor of Law/Master of Divinity (JD/MDiv), Doctor of Law/Doctor of Philosophy (JD/PhD), Juris Master (JM) with Concentration in Law and Religion, Master of Law (LLM) with Concentration in Law and Religion, Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) with Concentration in Law and Religion.

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Admissions

Joint degree candidates must be independently admitted to both Emory Law and either Candler School of Theology, or the Graduate Division of Religion. More information on admissions can be found at the schools' websites.

Candidates for the graduate programs in law (JM, LLM, SJD) must be admitted through Emory Law’s admissions process for graduate programs.

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Courses

CSLR maintains robust course offerings that allow students to investigate the legal, theological, historical, sociological, and anthropological dimensions of law and religion. Many courses are cross-listed for credit in law, theology, and religion.

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Faculty

Our CSLR faculty includes internationally recognized scholars in their fields of expertise. CSLR faculty have received many honors for the quality and importance of their scholarship and have been often been recognized by Emory students for the excellence of their teaching. CSLR also works with many Emory faculty members from different divisions and departments across the campus.

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History

CSLR was founded in 1982 as a law and religion program, the first to recognize law and religion as a legitimate area of serious, interdisciplinary scholarship. Today, dozens of centers around the world build on the pioneering work of CSLR in the scholarship of law and religion.

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Student Opportunities

Our students participate in law and religion moot court competitions and assist with the Journal of Law and Religion. They also serve as research assistants, working on major scholarly projects and participate in the intellectual life of the community through colloquia, lectures and workshops with important figures in the field.

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