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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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Two CSLR students to clerk for Supreme Court of Israel this summer

Two CSLR students to clerk for Supreme Court of Israel this summer

Amin Sadri (JD 2016) and Kurtis Anderson (JD 2017) will serve as foreign law clerks at the Supreme Court of Israel this summer.

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Fourth edition of Witte textbook published

Fourth edition of Witte textbook published

John Witte, Jr. and Joel A. Nichols have published the fourth edition of their classic classroom text.

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Goldfeder meets "Suits" actor who inspired course content

Goldfeder meets "Suits" actor who inspired course content

Dr. Mark Goldfeder got to meet his favorite actor from the TV show "Suits," which inspired his course syllabus.

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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 Laney Graduate School, Graduate Division of Religion. More information on admissions can be found at the school’s websites.

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

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Courses

The CSLR curriculum includes many cross-referenced courses, including everything from History of Church-State Relations in the Law to Morality and Human Rights to Islamic Law.

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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

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

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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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Alumni

CSLR graduates have gone to work in law firms, universities, advocacy organizations, government agencies, corporations and places of worship. Our rigorous program equips students to forge a career path that suits their interests and goals.

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