Emory offers unique LL.M. in Budapest and Atlanta

Want to study abroad and earn an LL.M.? Emory University School of Law’s joint program with Central European University in Budapest, Hungary allows students to do just that. 

“It gives students the ability to spend a full semester taking courses in Budapest with a very international population,” said Andrea Schmoyer, director of graduate admissions. “The students currently enrolled are literally from all over the world.”

Graduate law students spend one semester in Budapest and one semester in Atlanta. Schmoyer said the 24-credit program is a great option for those who didn’t get a chance to study abroad during law school.

“This is for those who were not able to integrate a study abroad during J.D. or want to go in even more depth with interest in European law, or want some additional coursework beyond their J.D.,” she said.

The Budapest/Atlanta program, which is open to both domestic and foreign trained attorneys, focuses on international commercial law and international politics. It is especially ideal for those interested in comparing European and American law systems.

“They can choose from a full range of courses at CEU with a focus on European and international law,” she said. “They can take any classes offered at Emory. It gives students with a J.D. the option to delve deeper into areas they’re thinking of integrating into their practice.”

Schmoyer said the only way she can describe Budapest is magical.

“The location in Eastern Europe is interesting in history, location and proximity to the rest of Europe,” she said. “For students wanting to explore, it’s certainly a good location to be. I think Budapest is a magical place. It’s a beautiful city and the campus is located right in the heart of Budapest so they stay and live right downtown.”

Compared to other popular European destinations like Paris and London, Budapest is relatively inexpensive which is an added benefit to studying in Hungary. Schmoyer said the opportunity to network internationally is a key benefit of the program.

“The international network is something I hadn’t considered before I visited,” she said. “But really seeing the range of students they get to interact with is really neat and something I don’t think they would get in a U.S. LL.M. program.”

Studying abroad while earning a graduate law degree can be a very different experience than studying abroad while earning a J.D., Schmoyer said.

“The last couple years of J.D. are pretty intense and there’s a different level of focus coming into an LL.M.,” she said. “In the midst of a J.D. program, students are discovering what they like. What I see with students coming in after getting a J.D. is they already have an understanding of what they like so it gives them the opportunity to go even further with their studies.”

Students can choose to start in January or August.