United States

Duke Law School

210 Science Drive, Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708

An Overview

Duke Law School is an ambitious, forward-thinking, and innovative institution whose mission is to prepare students for responsible and productive lives in the legal profession. As a community of scholars, the Law School also provides leadership at the national and international levels in efforts to improve the law and legal institutions through teaching, research, and other forms of public service.

At Duke Law School, students and faculty experience academic rigor in an interdisciplinary environment where creativity and innovation rule. Bold, strategic expansions in faculty, clinics, interdisciplinary centers, law journals, public interest opportunities, and high-tech facilities ensure that the Law School stays on the cutting edge of legal scholarship. The Duke Blueprint to LEAD is a powerful set of principles for leadership growth that informs the development of committed, ethical lawyers who are well-equipped for the 21st century.

Degrees Offered
  • LL.M. in Law & Entrepreneurship
  • LL.M. in International & Comparative Law

Admission Information

Requirements Details
Eligibility One must have received either a J.D. or an LL.M. from an accredited U.S. law school OR be a currently active member of a bar in at least one U.S. jurisdiction in order to be eligible to apply.
Transcripts All applicants must register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS) available at Submit the following through CAS: (1) official transcripts from an accredited U.S. law school verifying that one received a JD and/or LLM degree, and (2) official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate schools attended.
Letters of Recommendation Two recommendation letters will be required; at least one should be an academic reference. Recommendation letters need to be submitted through LSAC or the Office of Admissions. The LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service is included in the CAS registration. A signature is required on all recommendation letters, preferably on letterhead.
Personal Statement A personal statement is required. The statement is the opportunity to introduce oneself to the admissions committee and may include (1) Personal experiences beyond what may be reflected in academic transcripts and on resume, (2) what one expects to do in the years after graduation from the Law and Entrepreneurship program to make an impact within the entrepreneurial community, (3) how the program will help one to achieve entrepreneurial and personal ambitions, and/or (4) the role one envisions the practicum playing during the year in the program.
Proof of Competency in English TOEFL (international applicants only, if applicable)
Application Fee $70
Law School Admission Test N/A
Curriculum Vitae Submit a current resume with the application. They should include significant work experience, educational history, college and community activities, and honors and awards received. One must include dates for all items listed on the resume. Resumes may exceed one page.

Other Information

Criteria Details
Nature and Tenure of Courses Offered One Academic year
Application Procedure/Time to apply/Application deadline Applicants to Duke Law's LLM may begin submitting applications for the 2014-2015 academic year on September 1, 2013. The application deadline is January 20, 2014.

Applications for the Class of 2014 will be accepted on October 1. The priority deadline for 2013 enrollment is May 15, 2013; however, applications may be submitted after this date.
LL.M. Degree Requirements 23-credit program that builds on Duke Law's existing strengths in the fields of business law, intellectual property law, and innovation policy.

21 credit hours in law. Students may take more than 21 credits; those who wish to sit for the New York bar examination will be able to fulfill the bar examination's requirements at Duke Law. All students participate in the Distinctive Aspects of American Law course, and those with civil law training also will be asked to enroll in the U.S. Legal Analysis, Research and Writing for International Students course. Some international LL.M. students elect to take first-year courses, but the greater part of the curriculum consists of upper-class courses selected by the individual student.
To earn an LL.M. degree in the Specialized Programs, students are required to get:

Course Requirement
Law and Entrepreneurship LL.M. Program 23-credit program that builds on Duke Law's existing strengths in the fields of business law, intellectual property law, and innovation policy.
LL.M. in International & Comparative Law 20 credits in international, foreign or comparative law for the LL.M. degree, for a total of 104 credits.

Details of Courses Offered

The LL.M.LE program:
  • provides students with a deep understanding of the historical and current perspectives on entrepreneurship and the law;
  • enables students to understand the business, institutional, and strategic considerations applicable to entrepreneurs;
  • fosters an understanding of the public policy and legal frameworks that promote innovation;
  • ensures that students master both the core substantive law and the lawyering skills that are necessary for effective representation of entrepreneurs;
  • Provides students with an opportunity to explore their own potential for entrepreneurship.

Students in the LL.M. program commence their studies in the summer, undertaking part of the regular first-year curriculum with other dual-degree students. During the remaining six semesters of law study and in a four-week period at one of Duke's summer programs, J.D./LL.M. students complete requirements for both degrees, which include twenty credit hours of approved classes specifically for the LL.M. degree. These courses must include International Law, Comparative Law, Research Methodology in International, Foreign, and Comparative Law, and course work or an independent study for which a significant piece of writing is required.

Financial Aid

LL.M. for International Law Graduates: Duke Law School has limited financial assistance to offer international students. A small amount of scholarship assistance based on merit is awarded to outstanding applicants. Very qualified applicants should submit with the application a letter requesting scholarship consideration and explaining the basis for merit consideration.

Law and Entrepreneurship LL.M. Students: U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal loans. Most students who are eligible for federal student loans will be able to borrow an amount sufficient to cover the cost of attendance, including tuition and living expenses, but the type of federal loan available will depend on the borrowing history of the applicant.

Limited scholarship assistance may be available to some applicants; students will be invited to complete a scholarship application upon admission to the program.

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees $50,750

Career Development/Services Offered

The university's mission is for every graduate to launch his or her career with the right job-not just any job. Almost all of the graduates are typically engaged in careers of their choosing when they graduate or shortly thereafter with Duke's University School of Law featuring one of the strongest employment records among U.S. law schools.