Degree Requirements

JD

In addition to the eight prescribed first-year courses, students must take courses that fulfill the Law School's ethical, legal writing, and professional skills requirements.

JD Degree Requirements   Transfer Students Degree Requirements

 

JD/LLM in International & Comparative Law

JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law students complete requirements for both degrees over six semesters of law study and a four-week period at one of Duke's summer institutes, which includes twenty credit hours of approved classes specifically for the LLM degree.

Degree Requirements - entered 2015 or later

Degree Requirements - entered 2013 or 2014

JD/LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship

JD/LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship students complete requirements for both degrees over six semesters of law study and a startup immersion experience during the summer following their first year. Students also participate in a non-law firm externship at a local startup company.

Degree Requirements - entered 2015 or later

Degree Requirements - entered 2013 or 2014

 

JD/Master's Programs

Duke is the only elite law school in the country that allows students to earn both a law degree and a master's degree in three years. Professional dual degree programs are four years long. Students enroll in courses at the Law School and in the graduate school of their choice. The Law School and the joint department or school each reduce the number of required credits in recognition of the students' coursework completed in the joint discipline. Dual degree candidates generally save a full year of study that would otherwise be required if they earned their two degrees consecutively.

JD/Master's Degree Requirements

 

LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship

The LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship is a two-semester, 23-credit program that builds on Duke Law’s strengths in the fields of business law, intellectual property law, and innovation policy. The programs leverages Duke's ties to local entrepreneurial companies.

LLM LE Degree Requirements

LLM for International Law Graduates

The LLM program introduces foreign-trained law graduates to the legal system of the United States. With the exception of two courses, LLM students join American students in all classes during their one year at Duke Law. Students enroll in a minimum of 21 credit hours but may take more.

LLM Degree Requirements

 

SJD

The SJD is a doctorate program for students with outstanding academic credentials who intend to pursue an academic career in law. The completion of the degree requires a minimum of two-to-three years and normally will involve at least one semester of courses in addition to those taken for the LLM degree.

SJD Degree Requirements

Academic Advising

The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs provides academic advising on topics such as course selection, degree progress, and examination issues. Contact Dean Barnes to make an appointment.