Professional Development

Whether you expect your first job to be your last or only the first stop of a long and winding career, enduring professional success depends on preparation. Use your remaining time at Duke to attain practical skills and to develop your personal network, and speak with the Career Center team to learn more about proactively managing your career from the very beginning.

Bar Exam & Bar Admission: It is not too early to plan for the bar exam. If you plan on practicing as a lawyer, you will need to take and pass a bar exam - offered in every state in February and July each year. All states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories require passage of a bar exam before a lawyer is admitted to practice law in that jurisdiction or state. Most Duke graduates take the bar in July after graduation.