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Degree Programs and Requirements


Emory offers multiple degree programs for students interested in a close study of the field of law and religion. JD candidates may concentrate in law and religion. Three are joint-degree programs open to college graduates (JD/MTS, JD/MDiv, JD/PhD). Two are advanced-law programs open to law school graduates (SJD, LLM), and one is a master-level program open to college graduates (JM). There is no formal concentration in law and religion available to LLM and JM candidates, although candidates within those programs may enroll in law and religion courses and seek out research opportunities with relevant faculty within their areas of interest.

Students in all degree programs have an array of law-and-religion courses available to them. Some of these courses are cross-listed and can be taken for law, theology, or graduate school credit. Some courses are offered in one school and can be taken through cross-registration.

All students interested in law and religion are welcomed into the CSLR community, which provides ample opportunity to interact with faculty, engage in social and academic events with other students, participate in public forums and research projects, and apply for research fellowships and summer internships.

CSLR alumni pursue a wide range of professional vocations. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Practicing law with firms, government agencies, or with public-interest groups in the United States and abroad;
  • Pursuing ordained ministry or work within the administration or polity of religious organizations;
  • Associating with non-profit agencies, non-governmental organizations, or groups advocating for human rights or religious freedom;
  • Working in prison fellowship organizations, social welfare ministries, mediation and arbitration centers, charitable organizations, or foundations;
  • Teaching in law schools, theology schools, colleges, and universities.

Some alumni do one or more of the above simultaneously or will do more than one of the above throughout the course of their career.

All degree programs provide flexibility for students to experiment with their interests and to tailor a program of study suited to their long-term professional aspirations.

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