LLM Certificates

Duke University School of Law is pleased to announce two new Certificate Programs for LLM students. In addition to the Certificate in Environmental Law, Duke Law is now offering a Certificate in Business Law and a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. Certificate programs allow LLM students to further refine their research and career focus by maximizing their exposure to outstanding courses and instructors in their fields of interest.

Environmental Law Certificate

Duke University is one of the country’s leading research universities in the field of environmental studies, and this certificate provides LLM students an opportunity to study environmental law and policy with outstanding scholars and teachers across the university. Through our partnership with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and other interdisciplinary programs, Duke prepares students for careers as lawyers and policy-makers in a world facing increasing pressure on natural resources and the environment.

Applications

Applicants for the Certificate in Environmental Law should have the following qualifications:

  • a strong academic record;
  • strong English language skills; and
  • a minimum of two years of post-graduate work experience in environmental law or related fields, or substantial prior study of environmental law.

Applicants to the certificate program should submit with their LLM application a statement of interest in the Certificate in Environmental Law. The statement should describe their background in environmental law and goals for their career. A limited number of applicants will be admitted as candidates to the certificate program each year.

Program Requirements

In order to receive the Certificate in Environmental Law, candidates must successfully complete the following requirements:

  • 24 credits in law, with a 2.5 minimum grade point average;
  • a substantial research paper in environmental law or a related field; and
  • a minimum of 12 credits in courses in environmental law and related fields, including Environmental Law (3 credits) and Readings in Environmental Law (1 credit). Three of the 12 credits may be obtained from courses offered by the Nicholas School of the Environment or the Sanford School of Public Policy.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Maher, Associate Dean for International Studies.

Business Law Certificate

One of Duke Law School’s key academic strengths is our focus on the intersection of law and business. This certificate provides LLM students an opportunity to study business law and policy by choosing from a deep and varied assortment of courses taught by outstanding scholars and practitioners who are leaders in their fields. Through our partnership with the Fuqua School of Business and other interdisciplinary programs, Duke prepares students for careers as lawyers and policymakers in a world where the relationship between law and business partnerships grows increasingly more complicated and important.

Applications

Applicants for the Certificate in Business Law should have the following qualifications:

  • a strong academic record;
  • strong English language skills; and
  • a minimum of two years of post-graduate work experience in business law or related fields.

Applicants to the certificate program should submit with their LLM application a statement of interest in the Certificate in Business Law. The statement should describe their background in business law and goals for their career. A limited number of applicants will be admitted as candidates to the certificate program each year.

Program Requirements

In order to receive the Certificate in Business Law, candidates must successfully complete the following requirements:

  • 24 credits in law, with a 2.5 minimum grade point average;
  • a substantial research paper in business law or a related field; and
  • a minimum of 12 credits in courses in business law and related fields. Three of the 12 credits may be obtained from courses offered by the Fuqua School of Business.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Maher, Associate Dean for International Studies.

Intellectual Property Law Certificate

Duke Law School and Duke University have a deep commitment to the study of intellectual property law as evidenced by the work of our Center for Innovation Policy; the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy; and the Center for the Study of the Public Domain. This certificate provides LLM students an opportunity to study with renowned scholars and practitioners who are leaders in their fields. The IP Certificate will help prepare students for careers as lawyers and policy-makers in a robust and constantly changing field.

Applications

Applicants for the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law should have the following qualifications:

  • a strong academic record;
  • strong English language skills; and
  • a minimum of two years of post-graduate work experience in intellectual property law or related fields.

Applicants to the certificate program should submit with their LLM application a statement of interest in the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. The statement should describe their background in intellectual property law and goals for their career. A limited number of applicants will be admitted as candidates to the certificate program each year.

Program Requirements

In order to receive the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, candidates must successfully complete the following requirements:

  • 24 credits in law, with a 2.5 minimum grade point average;
  • a substantial research paper in business law or a related field; and
  • a minimum of 12 credits in courses in IP law and related fields, including two courses from a core list, with remaining courses from an elective list of IP courses designated by the IP faculty.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Maher, Associate Dean for International Studies.