Duke LLM

Duke Law LLM Program

The Duke Law LLM is designed exclusively for foreign trained attorneys who are looking to enhance their understanding of the legal system in the U.S. It is a full-time program with a 21 unit minimum for the granting of the degree. Students are able to select their courses from Duke’s extensive JD curriculum to create a course of study that complements the legal education they have previously received and their career goals. Courses in other Duke graduate schools, such as the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Fuqua School of Business, are also open to LLM students.

With the flexibility of the Duke Law LLM program, students must meet a few minimum requirements. These include two required courses:

  • Distinctive Aspects of U.S. Law
  • Legal Analysis, Research and Writing for International Students

Students must also complete a substantial piece of writing either through a seminar or individual research project.

The international nature of this degree program allows students extensive exposure to the U.S. legal structure and current JD candidates but also exposes them to students from around the world. This structure allows students to create connections around the world while studying at Duke. Students will also be eligible to sit for the New York bar after completing their LLM.

Admitted pre-LLM students can participate in one of three Duke’s summer programs prior to enrolling in the program. The Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law and the Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law are one-month residential programs for students who want to work in or with Asian and European law, respectively, while the Summer Institute on Law, Language & Culture helps to introduce international students to U.S. law as well as the experience of studying at a U.S. law school.

Duke LLM Entrepreneurship

The Duke LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship program is open to students who have a JD or an LLM from a U.S. law school or who are admitted to practice law in U.S. states. The program, which runs two semesters for a total of 23 credits, gives students an overview of the intersections between entrepreneurship and law, the legal and business sides to entrepreneurship, and skills necessary for both representing entrepreneurs and possibly being entrepreneurs themselves.

Duke Law LLM Certificate in Environmental Law

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in environmental law are also able to complete the requirements for Duke Law’s Certificate in Environmental Law while pursuing their LLM. Only five students are accepted to the Duke environmental law certificate program each year, and those who are accepted typically have 2 years of environmental-related work experience prior to applying. The certificate requires students to:

  • Complete 24 credits with a 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Complete a substantial research paper in environmental law
  • Complete 9 credits in environmental law courses, with a three-credit Environmental Law course and a half-credit Readings in Environmental Law course required, and three of which can be taken from the Duke Nicholas School of Environment.

Duke Law LLM Admission

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically via the Law School Admissions Counsel (LSAC) application assembly service, although paper applications can be submitted to the law school directly via mail. Students are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible as admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning the first part of January, and Duke only accepts new students for the fall semester.

A complete application must include:

  • Application Form
  • Certification Letter
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement between 2 and 5 pages
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendation Letters (2)
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL scores
  • Application fee via credit card (if applying through LSAC) or travelers checks, bank or postal money orders
  • Scholarship Request Letter

Duke Law LLM Tuition

Duke Law’s LLM is a one year, full-time program that allows students to customize their education without the cost of taking courses outside their degree program. As a result, the tuition costs at Duke are fixed and do not fluctuate based on the courses selected. To learn more about Duke LLM tuition, visit the school website.

Duke Law LLM Scholarship

Duke has limited scholarship opportunities for international students but encourages students interested in scholarships to submit a request letter with their application. Students are also encouraged to look into scholarship opportunities from their home countries and previous employers.

Duke Law LLM Employment

The Duke Law Career Center provides resources to Duke Law LLM students such as career counseling, mock interviews, panels, speakers, mock interviews and alumni networking. and Duke Law LLM students can also attend a New York City job fair where U.S. and international employers interview and recruit candidates. Employers of Duke Law LLM students include Earthjustice, The Nature Conservancy, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce, Puma AG, the International Chambers of Commerce, the World Bank, the American Development Bank, and several major international corporate law firms.

Duke Law LLM Contact Information

International Studies Office

210 Science Drive
Box 90365
Durham, North Carolina

Phone: (919) 613-7033
Fax: (919) 681-6550
Email the International Studies Office: international@law.duke.edu

Or Skype at DukeLawLLM