4 reasons why today's (and tomorrow's) lawyers should choose Emory University
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4 reasons why today’s (and tomorrow’s) lawyers should choose Emory University

Law is a profession that has been admired and respected throughout history. It’s a field that has helped shape our society, protect our rights, and provide justice for all. But beyond its practical, functional, and aspirational aspects, law is a career that evokes a profound sense of purpose and meaning to those pursuing it.

Ask any Emory University School of Law student, and they will tell you that their chosen discipline is more than just a career — it’s a calling. Here, they are being encouraged to use their legal skills to positively impact the world and spark meaningful change.

However, the journey to creating a better future for communities and beyond is anything but uncomplicated, hence why Emory Law strives to ensure a vibrant learning experience that empowers and uplifts. Students Loren Rodrigues Silva and Dr. Marcel Beck can confirm their time here has been nothing short of inspiring. Here are four reasons why.

1. There’s something for everyone

Upskillers and reskillers with diverse aspirations can easily work toward their goals at Emory Law, thanks to the fact that its Master of Laws (LLM) is highly customisable. This 24-credit-hour programme allows students to structure their curriculum around their interests, either through a general course or a more focused one.

“As an LLM, I can pick almost all of my classes,” says Silva, who opted to take the foundational route. With unwavering support from his educators, Dr. Beck, who was also on the hunt for a multidisciplinary legal education, could thoroughly map out his two semesters in advance.

“I wanted to learn more about the general American common law system rather than focus on a specific area of law,” he says. “I was glad that Emory offered this opportunity.”

Dr. Beck chose Emory Law for its “outstanding” reputation. Source: Emory University

2. Enrichment beyond classrooms

At Emory Law, there are plenty of chances for LLM students to apply theory and skills, such as through clinics and externships. Additionally, Emory Law offers advocacy courses, a Professionalism programme, public service opportunities, international exchange programmes, a robust Transactional Law and Skills Certificate curriculum, and the Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results programme — which unites graduate students in law, business, engineering, and science to work on start-up projects with a goal of transforming highly promising research into economically viable projects.

That’s not all. For Silva, the Moot Court competition, organised by legal profession professor Paul Koster and legal writing professor Nancy Daspit, was an incredible experience that allowed her to improve her oral advocacy skills. She’s even joined the Civil Rights Society and the LLM Society — both have strengthened her bonds with her peers while advancing her leadership skills.

“The Veteran’s Volunteer Clinic and the Immigration Clinic are both very important to me too,” adds Silva. “I was able to directly work with clients, observe, conduct intakes, and assist the attorneys responsible.”

3. Ensuring optimum employability

The nurturing doesn’t taper as LLM students come closer to the end of their Emory Law journey. Once students are ready to kick-start their job search, the school’s Centre for Professional Development & Career Strategy — which introduces its offerings to students at the very start of their first semester — ramps up its efforts. The team covers every angle, from explaining the end-to-end process of getting hired to submitting compelling applications and accepting the best offer.

Growing up in Brazil, surrounded by poverty, Loren Silva knew a legal education could help her make a real change. Source: Emory University

“The Career Centre always has its doors open to assist with our needs,” says Silva. “It also offers many workshops to assist international students.”

Such guidance made it all the easier for Dr. Beck to confidently strategise his return to his previous role as a lawyer at Gleiss Lutz in Germany. “My experience in international law firms and my time at Emory Law School have strengthened my ambition and given me experiences which encouraged me to further pursue my career plans in an international environment,” he says.

4. The bustling city of Atlanta

Emory Law’s location in Atlanta, Georgia, offers unparalleled advantages. As a global business hub and a city renowned for its diversity, Atlanta offers a unique environment where international students can develop their legal skills while connecting with global leaders in the legal profession. With its many international organisations, law firms, and consulates, the city provides ample opportunities for law students to hone their skills, build professional networks, gain hands-on experience, and ultimately land their dream job.

“Atlanta is my new home,” enthuses Silva. “I now reside here with my husband and my dog, and we see ourselves starting a family here. The professional market is booming with opportunities, and the city has everything we want and love: nature, history, good breweries, and good people.”

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