LLM Program in Law & Entrepreneurship
The Law and Entrepreneurship LLM Program (LLMLE) is a two-semester, 23-credit program. Admission is limited to applicants who hold a JD or an LLM from an ABA-approved U.S. law school, or who are admitted to practice in a U.S. jurisdiction.
Global Leaders Scholarship LLMLE Application Process Checklist
- Create an LLM LSAC Account
- Download, complete and send the Global Leaders Scholarship form to Duke
- Register to take the TOEFL, if required
- Register for LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS). Arrange to have your official transcripts and letters of recommendation sent to LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service.
- Submit your nomination letter for the Global Leader Scholarship Program. You must submit either a letter of nomination from one of the eligible institutions OR a letter of self-nomination. Use the “miscellaneous addendum” attachment in the LSAC process.
- Apply electronically to the LLM Program in Law & Entrepreneurship from your LLM LSAC account.
- Submit your Law School Class Rank (your law school must submit directly to the Office of Admissions if not noted on your law school transcript)
Interviews: Applicants who are selected as finalists will be scheduled for an interview with the Selection Committee in Beijing in February or March 2013. Finalists also will be required to write an additional essay prior to their interview.
Student Visa: Please note that recipients of the Global Leaders Scholarship must provide financial documents certifying that they have access to funds sufficient to cover the cost of attendance beyond tuition.
The deadline for JD applications through the Global Leaders Scholarship Program is January 18, 2013. We encourage you to submit your application and supporting material as early as possible.
How to Apply
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) coordinates many aspects of applying to U.S. law schools for a LLM. Your first step should be to create an online account with LSAC.
Create an LLM LSAC account (Click on “Sign up now”)
Complete this form, indicating which degree(s) at Duke you plan to apply for. Fax the form to 919-613-7257, or send a scanned copy in .pdf format by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must submit this form at least two weeks before submitting your application to Duke Law School.
International applicants must take the TOEFL if your first language is not English AND English is not the language of instruction at your undergraduate institution. Contact the Education Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code is 8395. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included with in your LSAC application to Duke. Because it may take several weeks for score results to reach Duke, please plan to take the test no later than six weeks prior to the application deadline.
Register for the Document Assembly Service (US $75) and the International Authentication and Evaluation Service (US $125). After registration, arrange to have your official transcripts and letters of recommendation to be sent to LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service. As part of your application, LSAC will send Duke your transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Transcripts of applicants who attended institutions outside the United States and Canada will be authenticated and evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Applicants from China must submit:
- Official degree certificates (zhuanke, bachelor's, master's, etc.) and graduation diplomas in Chinese for all programs undertaken along with a complete and literal English translation
- Official college or university academic record (transcript) in Chinese showing all courses and grades for all years of study along with a complete and literal English translation
The academic record must be issued by the institution's central administrative office responsible for preparing and verifying official student records. Documents issued by an individual academic department or by a notary public are not considered official.
Letters of Recommendation
Two recommendation letters will be required; at least one should be an academic reference. References from friends, family friends, and relatives are discouraged. If you have been out of school for some time, you may substitute letters from employers or others who are well acquainted with your personal traits and entrepreneurial potential. We would prefer to have recommendation letters submitted through LSAC; however, we will also accept letters submitted directly to the Office of Admissions. The LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service is included in your CAS registration. A signature is required on all recommendation letters, preferably on letterhead.
All candidates for the Global Leaders Scholarship must submit a letter nominating them for the scholarship as part of their application to Duke Law and Entrepreneurship LLM Program. When you submit your application through LSAC (see below), use the “Miscellaneous Addendum” attachment.
School-nominated: If you are a nominated candidate from one of the participating schools (Tsinghua University School of Law, Peking University School of Law, Renmin University School of Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Jilin University School of Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Law, East China University of Political Science and Law, Xiamen University Law School and Wuhan University School of Law), your school should prepare a letter designating you as a nominee for the Global Leaders Scholarship.
Self-nominated: Any Chinese student or graduate of an institution of higher education who meets the high standards required of a scholarship recipient may also apply through a self-nomination process. If you are a self-nominee, you should prepare a statement outlining why you are interested in Duke Law and Entrepreneurship LLM Program and why you think you would be a good candidate for the Global Leaders Scholarship.
You will complete the application for Duke’s Law and Entrepreneurship LLM program through your LSAC account. Add Duke University School of Law to your school list and select the Fall 2013 LLMLE application. Detailed instructions for completing the application form are available on the LSAC website and on the Duke Law website (http://www.law.duke.edu/admis/degreeprograms/llm/app_instruct). Applicants to the Law and Entrepreneurship LLM program who are also applying for the Global Leaders Scholarship will have their $70 application fee waived automatically when their materials are submitted through LSAC.
The following materials are required for all Law and Entrepreneurship LLM applications:
- LLM Program in Law & Entrepreneurship Application Form submitted electronically through LSAC. The application must be signed electronically.
- Resume (use the electronic attachment)
- Personal Statement (use the electronic attachment)
- Two letters of recommendation (preferably submitted electronically through LSAC)
- Official undergraduate and law school transcripts (submitted through LSAC)
- Law School Class Rank (your law school must submit directly to the Office of Admissions if not noted on your law school transcript)
- Nomination letter (see above, use the “Miscellaneous Addendum” attachment)
- LSAC CAS Report (the LSAC fee for submitting the CAS Report to Duke is US$ 16)
In order to be considered for the Global Leaders Scholarship, your application must be completed by January 18, 2013. Please note that LSAC’s processing of transcripts and letters of recommendation may take several weeks, so these materials must be submitted well in advance of January 18.
Applicants who are selected as finalists for the scholarship will be required to participate in an interview with the Global Leaders Scholarship Selection Committee. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted in late February or early March. Finalists also will be required to submit another essay prior to the interview.
Student Visa Information
If you are admitted to Duke Law School and are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you will receive information about applying for a Duke-sponsored F-1 visa when you submit your tuition deposit and admission acceptance form. You will be required to submit copies of your passport, previous visa documents, and proof of financial support. Please note that recipients of the Global Leaders Scholarship must provide financial documents certifying that they have access to funds sufficient to cover the cost of attendance beyond tuition. (For the 2012-2013 academic year, that amount is US$ 21,872, though it may increase from year to year.)