During my years earning a Master of Laws from the Emory University School of Law, I greatly enjoyed the atmosphere and academics of this prestigious college in Atlanta. The school began as Emory College in 1836. Founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, Emory struggled for years. By the turn of the century, the church sought to create a university in the South. Asa Candler, founder of the Coca-Cola Company, donated $1 million and land in Atlanta.
Emory has since achieved many distinctions, and U.S. News & World Report lists it as one of the nation’s top colleges. Famous teachers at Emory include former President Jimmy Carter, novelist Sir Salman Rushdie, and the Dalai Lama. Emory professor Natasha Trethewey recently won recognition as the United States Poet Laureate. The HIV drugs Emtriva and 3TC were developed at Emory. Emory’s enrollment as of fall 2011 was some 14,000 individuals, almost half of which were graduate or professional students.