JD/MBA Application Instructions

Application intructions for 2011-2012

Please be sure to review the detailed application instructions as you complete the form. (Available below and in the LSAC application.)

Duke University is committed to encouraging and sustaining a learning and work community that is free from prohibited discrimination and harassment. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, genetic information, or age in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, employment, or any other university program or activity. The university also makes good faith efforts to recruit, employ and promote qualified minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. It admits qualified students to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students.

The university also does not tolerate harassment of any kind. Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are forms of sex discrimination and prohibited by the university. Duke University has designated Dr. Benjamin D. Reese, Vice-President of the Office for Institutional Equity, as the individual responsible for the coordination and administration of its nondiscrimination and harassment policies. The Office for Institutional Equity is located in Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Bay 8, Durham, North Carolina 27708. Dr. Reese's office telephone number is (919) 684-8222 and his email address is ben.reese@duke.edu.

Questions or comments about harassment or discrimination can be directed to the Office for Institutional Equity, (919) 684‐8222. Additional information, including the complete text of the harassment policy and appropriate complaint procedures, may be found by contacting the Office for Institutional Equity or visiting its website at: http://www.duke.edu/web/equity/.
For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, you can contact the appropriate federal office by visiting the website: http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1 (800) 421-3481.

Application Checklist

The following items are required. You will be notified by email once your application has been received. The email notification will also include instructions on how to check your file status online. Required items should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than March 15. Applications that are missing required material on March 15 will be reviewed and final decisions will be rendered based on the information that exists in the file at that time.

  • JD/MBA Application for Admission form, submitted electronically through LSAC. The application must be signed electronically.
  • $70 non-refundable application processing fee. The fee must be submitted electronically through LSAC.
  • Resume (use the electronic attachment) » More
  • Two essays (use the electronic attachment) » More
  • Two recommendation letters, one work-related and one academic, submitted electronically through LSAC » More
  • LSAC Law School Report
  • GMAT or GRE score report (sent directly to Duke MBA Office of Admissions) » More
  • TOEFL, PET, or IELTS score (foreign applicants only, if applicable) » More

Additional Items

The following items are optional or may be required for certain applicants. See instructions for details.

  • Employment Addendum » More
  • Additional Schools Attended » More
  • MBA Reapplicant Essay » More
  • Character and Fitmess » More
  • Miscellaneous Addendum (use for any additional information you wish to provide)

Resume, Personal Statement, Optional Essays

Resume: You must submit a one-page resume with your application. This should include your complete educational history, honors received, all work experience, and all school and community activities in chronological order.

Essay 1: In no more than two pages, please tell us why you are interested in Duke's JD/MBA. We are interested both in your experiences to date and how they have prepared you for this course of study and in your short- and long-term career goals.

Essay 2:In no more than two pages, please describe how your non-work activities, background, and personal history would enhance the experience of other Duke law and business students, and contribute to the diverse student culture at both schools.

The essays and all other writing samples must be your own work. This means that the ideas and expressions originated with you, and you wrote all drafts and the final product. It does not preclude asking family members, friends, pre-law advisors, and others for proofreading assistance or general feedback.

Letters of Recommendation and Evaluations

LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service: This service is included in your CAS registration and will accept generic and school specific letters. The two required recommendation letters must be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. LSAC will accept up to four letters assigned to Duke Law School.

Recommendation Letters: You must submit at least two letters of recommendation through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. (Additional letters may also be submitted through LSAC or mailed directly to our office.) There is no maximum number of letters that may be submitted. At least one academic reference (from a professor who has personal knowledge of your academic performance and potential) is preferred, but not required if you have been out of school for some time. At least one professional reference is required, preferably from someone who knows you well and can critique your professional performance. For applicants with limited work experience, a recommendation from a similar source, such as an internship supervisor or organization sponsor, may be substituted. References from friends, family friends, and relatives are strongly discouraged. A signature is required on all letters of recommendation submitted, preferably on letterhead. NOTE: LSAC will not release the information contained in the CAS Report without the two required recommendation letters.

Direct Letters to Duke: Additional letters may be submitted through LSAC or mailed directly to the Office of Admissions. LSAC will accept a maximum of four letters assigned to Duke Law School. There is no maximum number of letters that may be submitted directly to Duke Law School. NOTE: The two required letters must be submitted through LSAC.

LSAC Evaluations: LSAC will allow recommenders to complete online evaluation forms. You may submit these in addition to recommendation letters. Evaluations will not substitute for letters of recommendation.

Application Fee Waivers

Automatic fee waivers: If you received a waiver of the fees associated with taking the LSAT, your application fee will be waived automatically when you go to checkout and submit the application.

Need-based fee waivers: Fee waivers are granted one-time-only. If you were granted a fee waiver for a previous application, you would not be eligible. Visit our website or email the Office of Admissions to obtain a Fee Waiver form. We will be unable to consider requests received after February 15, 2012. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. A decision on your need-based fee waiver request must be received prior to submitting the application electronically, so plan ahead. If you submit the application prior to receiving a decision, your fee waiver request will be denied. Notification will be provided by email.

We also extend merit-based fee waivers based on the results of periodic searches of the LSAC's Candidate Referral Service. To be considered in the pool, be sure your CRS account is active, your intended enrollment year is set correctly, and that you have either a self-reported or LSAC-calculated GPA.

Academic Transcripts

All applicants must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Credential Assembly Service information is online at LSAC.org. Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work must be submitted directly to the Credential Assembly Service.

Foreign Transcripts

Duke Law School requires that foreign transcripts be submitted through the CAS if you received your degree from an institution outside the U.S. or Canada, or if you completed the equivalent of more than one year of undergraduate study outside the U.S. (including its territories) or Canada. This service is included in the CAS registration fee. A Foreign Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your LSAC CAS report. Log in to your online account and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request Form for each institution and send it promptly to them. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about foreign transcripts can be directed to LSAC at 215.968.1001 or LSACINFO@LSAC.org.

Previous Law School Matriculation

If you attended another law school, you must include an addendum to explain why you did not complete the program as well as a letter from your law school indicating your dates of attendance, reason for withdrawal, and academic standing.

Supplemental Material

If you wish to send additional material after submitting your electronic application, forward it to the Office of Admissions by postal mail or email at admissions@law.duke.edu. Include your full name and LSAC account number.

Please follow these guidelines for scans so that your message can be successfully received at Duke Law:

  • Black and white, or grayscale
  • 200 dpi
  • If saving as an image, use JPEG format

If your email attachment is lengthy, it may be more beneficial to submit a 1-2 page summary by email or submit the material by postal mail.

Bar Admission

We recommend that you investigate the rules governing bar admission in the jurisdictions where you intend to practice. Information about bar admission requirements may be obtained by contacting the appropriate state board of bar examiners.

International Students and Visa Applications

Applicants who are not US citizens should indicate their country of citizenship in Section 2 of the application ("Demographic Information"), but do not need to take additional action at the time they apply. When admitted students who are not US citizens or permanent residents submit their tuition deposit and admission acceptance form, they will receive information about applying for a Duke-sponsored F-1 visa. They will be required to submit copies of their passports, previous visa documents, and proof of financial support. Duke University policy states that graduate and professional students who are not in lawful immigration status will not be enrolled. For more information, please contact the admissions office.

Application Instructions

Please read the following instructions carefully before completing the application.

1: Biographical

Complete this section in full.

2: Demographic Information

Complete this section in full.

3: Contact Information

Complete this section in full. Submit updates to your contact information directly to the Office of Admission by e-mail.

4: Decision Cycle

Select the decision cycle in which you would like to have your application reviewed.

Early Decision: Early Decision applications must be submitted by September 29, 2011. Interviews with The Duke MBA will be conducted November 8-12, 2011, and decisions will be released on December 5, 2011. Admission under the Early Decision program is binding; applicants must also check the certification box in Section 14. Candidates who are admitted to only one of the dual degree programs are not bound by their Early Decision commitment.

Round 1: Round 1 applications must be submitted by November 1, 2011. Interviews with The Duke MBA will be conducted January 19-21, 2012, and decisions will be released on February 1, 2012.

Round 2: Round 2 applications must be submitted by January 4, 2012. Interviews with The Duke MBA will be conducted February 16-25, 2012, and decisions will be released on March 20, 2012.

5: Program Entry

Please indicate the terms during which you would begin the JD and MBA programs (or, if you are already enrolled in one of the programs, the term in which you began). Applicants who receive offers of admission from both schools prior to matriculation at either school generally begin the JD/MBA in the JD program. They may choose whether to begin in the summer or fall term. During the summer term, students take two law courses in a small section with concurrent degree students, fostering a more personal, intimate first-year experience. By starting law school in the summer, students may begin to take upper-level law courses during their first year. In addition, by starting law school in the summer, students who wish to pursue the accelerated JD/MBA program and graduate in December of their fourth year can do so at a more relaxed pace. In addition, completing more of the law requirements for the degree earlier provides some greater scheduling flexibility in the later semesters of the dual degree program. JD/MBA students may begin their MBA studies after either one or two years in the JD program..

6: Prior Application

Complete this section in full. If you applied previously to Duke Law School, please indicate the year(s) for which you applied for admission. For previous MBA applications, answer yes only if you submitted an application for admission between July 2010 and May 2011. Reapplicants to the Duke MBA are required to complete the Reapplicant Essay (use the MBA Reapplicant Essay attachment).

7: Standardized Testing


Provide the dates you took or will take the LSAT. All applicants must take the LSAT no later than December 2011. LSAT scores earned prior to June 2006 will not be considered. Duke considers all LSAT scores that are submitted, in the context of the entire application (transcripts, personal statement, letters of recommendation, evidence of leadership and engagement, and other information). In the case of multiple test scores, data show that the average score is generally the most useful in predicting law school performance; however, we may place greater weight on a high score if the applicant provides compelling information about why that score is a better indication of his or her potential. If you feel that one or more of your test scores does not accurately reflect your ability or potential, explain this disparity in a separate attachment. Contact LSAC to request information about the LSAT at 215.968.1001 or LSAC.org. Duke does not waive the LSAT requirement.

Notify the Office of Admissions by e-mail if you plan to retake the LSAT after you have submitted the application. We will place a hold on your file so that it will not be evaluated until the new score is available. If you do not request to have your file held, the new score may not be considered.


Joint Degree applicants must submit either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score to fulfill the testing requirement. Scores for both tests are valid for five years from the date of the test. The test must be taken before the deadline of the round in which you plan to apply. If you took the test in a previous year, you should request that your scores be sent to Duke. Allow at least four weeks for The Office of Admissions to receive scores.

GMAT: Official score reports must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the test administrator, Pearson VUE. For information on how to register for the GMAT or request scores, please visit www.mba.com. Please use the Fuqua code Q13-N5-32 on your GMAT exam.

GRE: Both Verbal and Quantitative subscores reported must be from the same testing date. For information on how to register for the GRE or request scores, please visit www.ets.org/gre/. Please use the Duke program code 5156 on your GRE exam.

English Language Proficiency

All international applicants who did not earn an undergraduate degree from a school whose primary language of instruction is English, must submit a valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. This requirement is waived for international applicants holding non-technical master's degrees or a PhD from colleges or universities where English was the language of instruction.

All test scores are valid for two years. The test must be taken prior to your application round deadline. Allow at least 4 weeks for test scores to be delivered to Fuqua.

TOEFL Scores: Official TOEFL score reports must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Use The Duke MBA -- Daytime (full-time) program code 5156 on your TOEFL exam. For information on how to register for the TOEFL or to request test scores, visit www.toefl.org.

PTE Scores: Official PTE score reports must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from Pearson Vue. For information on how to register for the PTE or to request test scores, visit www.mba.com.

IELTS Scores: The Duke MBA accepts the academic modules of the IELTS. Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency; personal copies or attested/notarized copies are not accepted. When requesting that your score be sent to Fuqua, please use the following mailing address:

The Duke MBA Office of Admissions
The Fuqua School of Business
Duke University
1 Towerview Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0104

The IELTS is administered by Cambridge ESOL, British Council, and IDP:IELTS Australia. More information about the test is available at www.ielts.org.

8: Educational History

You are required to provide information on your high school and all post secondary schools attended. Under Education History, list your high school, undergraduate degree granting institution, and the most recent graduate or professional school. Use the Additional Schools Attended addendum to list all other undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools attended.

9: Employment

Complete this section in full. Use the Employment Addendum attachment to provide additional information about each employer.

10: Military Service

Complete this section in full.

11: Family

Complete this section in full.

12: MBA Information

This section asks for additional information that is particularly important to the application review process for the Duke MBA. Please answer all questions in full.

INTERVIEW: In the early fall, The Duke MBA will host an open interview period on campus from September 15 to October 14, 2011. Prospective students may register on our Web site at www.fuqua.duke.edu for an interview during this time. In addition, activities such as a tour, class visit, and lunch with students are offered during the open interview period to those visiting campus. After this open interview period, interviews will be offered by invitation only, based on review of the applicant's file. Invitations will be extended via e-mail 7-14 days prior to the interview period for that round. Interviews are conducted by Admissions Fellows (select second year students), admissions staff, and alumni. All interviews are evaluated equally regardless of location or interviewer.

If you visit campus to interview during our open interview period, please specify the date of your interview on the application. If not, please select The Duke MBA interview hub most convenient for you. If you are invited to an interview, you may travel to that location or to Durham, NC during the interview period specified for your round of admission. Please see the Application Deadline section above for specific dates.

Please note that our Campus Visit Program, which offers tours, class visits, a Q&A session with an Admissions Officer, and lunch with current students, will be offered throughout the academic year. We strongly encourage you to seize this opportunity to visit campus and to learn more about our program and community. You may register for these activities, open to all prospective students, via our Website at www.fuqua.duke.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Please indicate if you wish to be considered for financial aid funding from the indicated sources. Please note the restrictions and requirements for each. Each admitted applicant will be considered for a limited number of merit-based scholarships from the Fuqua School of Business; there is no separate scholarship application form.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATIONS: Please indicate which, if any, of the indicated accreditations you hold. You may check as many as apply.

HEALTH SECTOR MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: A certificate within the Duke MBA, the Health Sector Management program offers students world-class training in business management and cutting-edge knowledge of the complex and multifaceted health sector. Our students pursue specialized health-related interests in fields such as service delivery, consulting, financing, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. If you are interested in the Health Sector Management Certificate program at Fuqua, please specify that here, and address your interest in essay one.

COURSE CONCENTRATIONS: If you are interested in specific course concentrations offered at Fuqua, you may indicate them on the application. You are not required to select a concentration, and may select no more than two.

CAREER FOCUS: Please indicate your most recent career focus and future career focus in each of the indicated categories.

13: Character and Fitness

Duke Law requires a candidate to reveal knowledge of all criminal incidents or disciplinary charges, even if expunged, sealed, or otherwise removed from the candidate's records. When in doubt, you should err on the side of full disclosure, as subsequent discovery of a failure to fully and accurately answer these questions may have serious consequences. Failure to disclose information is often more significant than the act or event described in the questions. Failure to provide truthful answers, or failure to inform the Law School of any changes to your answers after submission of your application, may result in any of the following misconduct investigation by LSAC, revocation of admission, disciplinary action by the Law School, and/or denial of permission to practice law by the state in which you seek admission. You have an ongoing obligation to report any conduct that would require you to answer yes to any of the questions in this section during the pendency of your application. If an offer of admission is extended to you, the obligation to report conduct applicable to the questions in this section continues until your first day of class at Duke Law School.

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you must submit the Character and Fitness attachment. Include details, the current status of any disciplinary action or judicial sanctions, and the final resolution of the issues involved.

If you answer yes to the academic conduct question (#1), your dean, registrar, department supervisor, judicial officer, or academic officer with access to official records from your institution must submit a letter directly to the Office of Admissions that provides complete information about the incident.

14: Certification

Applications will not be processed without an electronic signature agreeing to the conditions and certifying that the information is true and complete. You are obligated to notify the Office of Admissions immediately of any change in the information provided.

If you are applying for the binding Early Decision cycle, you must also check the Early Decision Certification checkbox.