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Students wishing to continue their legal education have various options after completing the Juris Doctor degree.  Although an additional degree is not required for most areas of the law, some attorneys find it beneficial to complete an extra year or two of studies because of the complexity and specificity of their area of practice.  This page will provide more insight into the various programs that students with a JD can pursue after law school.


The American Bar Association provides a overview of the different programs available to students post-Juris Doctor.  However, the ABA does not formally approve any program but the Juris Doctor degree.  The two most common degrees would be the Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) and the Doctor of Judicial Science (S.J.D.).

Currently, the only law schools in Georgia that have an advanced degree program are the University of Georgia and Emory University.

  • The University of Georgia awards an LL. M. in Graduate Legal Studies.
  • Emory University awards an LL.M. in the following concentrations: Transactional law, Public law and regulation, Human rights law, Child law and policy, Vulnerability and human condition, Law and religion.  

The American Bar Association provides two lists of advanced law programs:

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