Three years, two degrees, one world
Since 1985, Duke Law has offered select JD students the opportunity to pursue a dual degree in international and comparative law. The JD/LLM prepares students for the increasingly global practice of law by combining a rigorous legal curriculum with opportunities to work and study abroad, develop foreign language fluency, and network with Duke's vibrant international LLM student and alumni community.
Following the first full year of law school, JD/LLM students attend one of Duke's Institutes in Transnational Law, either in Geneva or Hong Kong. Faculty from around the world live in residential quarters with students and teach small, rigorous courses in areas such as emerging markets, terrorism and humanitarian law, comparative constitutional law, and international business law. Students then work overseas for a law firm, nonprofit organization, research institute, or business.
International & Comparative Law
Duke Law’s curriculum is designed to be flexible, giving you the opportunity to design much of your course schedule to meet your intellectual and career goals. You’ll find a vast selection of courses such as Foreign Relations Law, International Human Rights, International Arbitration, and Structuring Commercial and Financial Transactions, along with programs, organizations, and international law scholars to help develop specialized expertise in international law.
Candidates for the JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law do not need to apply separately to any school or program at Duke other than the Law School. Complete the regular JD application, but indicate that you wish to be considered for the dual degree. You may apply to only one dual degree program.
Application Review Process
JD/LLM applications are reviewed through the regular Law School process. Although there are no specific prerequisites or admission requirements, the admissions committee pays particular attention to applicants with prior international experience and foreign language study. In rare instances where the applicant is a strong candidate for the JD program but lacks international experience, the admissions committee may offer admission to the JD only.
Additional Application Materials
JD/LLM candidates are not required to submit a statement of purpose for the LLM; however, we encourage applicants to address their interest in international and comparative law, either in their personal statement or include the JD/LLM Addendum attachment.
The LSAT is required for all Law School dual degree applicants. No additional testing is required for the JD/LLM.
Menaka Nayar JD/LLM ‘14: An externship with the United Nations
"Duke’s willingness to work with me to facilitate my externship meant that I was able to take advantage of an amazing hands-on opportunity to learn the field of international criminal law and transitional justice."