JD/LLM in International & Comparative Law Degree Requirements

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Academic Advisor:  Dean Lacoff

Students enrolled in the JD-LLM-ICL program must earn 87 JD credits and 21 LLM-ICL credits, calculated as follows:

  • 87 credits for the JD
  • 21 credits for the LLM-ICL
    • Seven of these credits will also be counted toward the 87 JD credits.  The applicable courses are:
      • Comparative Law (3 credits)
      • International Law (3 credits)
      • Research Methods in International & Comparative Law (1 credit)
    • The remaining 14 credits are in addition to the 87 credits required for the JD
  • Total coursework: 101 credits

JD/LLM-ICL credits must be comprised of the following:

  • The eight prescribed first-year courses:
  • Three prescribed ICL courses:
  • JD Ethics Requirement:  A two-credit course in ethics and professional responsibility.
  • JD Substantial Research and Writing Project Requirement (SRWP):  One faculty-supervised research paper for a minimum of two credits.  This may be fulfilled by way of a seminar or an independent study.  The SRWP paper must be a solo project; group projects may not be used to fulfill the requirement.  The student's engagement in a substantial research and writing project must be registered with the Registrar's Office no later than the end of the drop/add period of the student's fifth semester.  Courses that satisfy the SRWP are identified in the Course Browser by using the JD Course of Study drop-down menu and searching for "JD - substantial research and writing project."
  • ICL writing requirement:  A minimum four credits of upper-level writing on topics relating to international and comparative law.  This assignment may be fulfilled by way of seminars or a combination of seminars and independent study.
    • If two credits of the ICL writing requirement also complies with Rule 3-31, the student may also use this assignment to satisfy the JD substantial research and writing project (SRWP), described above.  No additional JD credit will be awarded.
  • JD Experiential Learning Requirement:  A minimum six credits in simulation courses, clinics and/or externships.  Courses that satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement are identified in the Course Browser by using the JD Course of Study drop-down menu and searching for "experiential learning."
  • ICL Summer Institute: Completion of study at the Duke-Leiden Institute in Global and Transnational Law during the summer between 1L and 2L year.
  • Regularly-Scheduled Courses:  A minimum 64 of the 101 credits must be earned in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction.
    • Regularly-scheduled law school courses include
      • Law School courses and seminars, including courses cross-listed at the Law School but originating in another school or department at the University.
      • Law School clinics
      • Regularly-scheduled courses completed at another ABA-accredited law school, including through the inter-institutional agreement with UNC and NCCU and transfer credits for students who completed the first year at another law school or who visited away at another law school.
      • Credits from the ICL Summer Institute
      • Credits from an approved study abroad program.
    • Regularly-scheduled law school courses do NOT include
      • Independent study
      • Non-law courses
      • Externships
      • Research tutorials
      • Ad hoc seminars

Recommended, but not required:

  • Foreign Language:  Effective for the 2018-2019 academic year, students in the JD-LLM-ICL program are no longer required to provide the Law School with evidence of competency in a foreign language.  However, because foreign language skills are an often important part of professional practice in the field, students may choose to continue their study of foreign language while enrolled at Duke Law.  JD-LLM-ICL students are permitted to take up to three courses outside the Law School, some or all of which can be foreign language courses. Undergraduate-level courses (below the 500 level) may not count toward either the JD or LLM degree.

  • JD-LLM Seminar:  Effective for the 2018-19 academic year, the JD-LLM-ICL program does not offer a mandatory seminar. Instead, the program will include an exclusive curricular offering for JD-LLM-ICL students, the type of which will vary from year to year.

All students are responsible for monitoring their compliance with the graduation requirements.

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