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Applying for the JD/MA-Bioethics Dual Degree

Students will apply to each program for admission separately. 
Learn more about the MA-Bioethics dual degrees here

Students who apply BEFORE entering Emory:

When submitting your application to Emory School of Law, please indicate your interest in the MA-Bioethics Program when you select your degree program. This will enable the SOL Admissions Office to share your information with us.

We will also need three additional elements:

  1. a personal statement about your interest in the Bioethics Program;

  2. a sample analytical essay, where you offer a brief analysis of a bioethics case; and

  3. an additional letter of recommendation that speaks to your critical thinking, written, and verbal communication skills.

You will receive an email with detailed instructions about each of these elements once we receive your information from the School of Law.

Your application to the MA-Bioethics Program is considered complete when we receive these additional elements to complement the materials you provided to the School of Law.

*Please note: You will not need to complete the application to the Laney Graduate School or to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  

Students who apply AFTER entering Emory:

Students may apply for the MA-Bioethics Program during year 1 or 2 of their legal training; however, we recommend that students complete an application during their 1L year in order to step out of the law curriculum after year 1 to complete the MA-Bioethics requirements. Students must complete the standard application to the Laney Graduate School for the MA-Bioethics Program, with the following exceptions:

  1. GRE scores are NOT required.

  2. Applicants must authorize the School of Law to share their law school application with the Bioethics Program.

  3. Students must only submit one letter of recommendation (since the other letters will come from the law school application). This letter should address the skills you have that will make you successful in a program that is humanities focused, specifically in a program that emphasizes clear verbal and written communication, that requires independent critical analysis skills, and that requires participation in discourse with faculty and other students.


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  4. For the other two letters of recommendation required by the Laney Graduate School, please choose the option that says “I will not use the electronic system.”

    See an example: 

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While your transcripts are part of the SOL admissions packet, the admissions system will ask you to upload each of your transcripts individually. Instead of doing this, simply create a word document that says: “I am currently enrolled in Emory School of Law; this will be part of my School of Law application.” Please also include your name and student ID number. Then upload this same Word document each time the system asks you for a transcript. 

See an example:

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