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JD/LLM in International & Comparative Law

Three years, two degrees, one world

Flags from around the world Since 1985, Duke Law has offered select JD students the opportunity to pursue a dual degree in international and comparative law. The JD/LLM prepares students for the increasingly global practice of law by combining a rigorous legal curriculum with opportunities to work and study abroad, develop foreign language fluency, and network with Duke's vibrant international LLM student and alumni community.

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Summer Institute

Following the first full year of law school, JD/LLM students attend Duke’s one-month Institute in Global and Transnational Law in Leiden and The Hague, the Netherlands. Faculty from around the world live in residential quarters with students and teach small, rigorous courses in areas such as international trade, international dispute resolution, human rights, international criminal law, and comparative constitutional law. Students then work overseas for a law firm, nonprofit organization, research institute, or business.

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International & Comparative Law

Duke Law’s curriculum is designed to be flexible, giving you the opportunity to design much of your course schedule to meet your intellectual and career goals. You’ll find a vast selection of courses such as Foreign Relations Law, International Human Rights, International Arbitration, and Structuring Commercial and Financial Transactions, along with programs, organizations, and international law scholars to help develop specialized expertise in international law.

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Candidates for the JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law do not need to apply separately to any school or program at Duke other than the Law School. Complete the regular JD application, but indicate that you wish to be considered for the dual degree. You may apply to only one dual degree program.

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Application Review Process

JD/LLM applications are reviewed through the regular Law School process. Although there are no specific prerequisites or admission requirements, the admissions committee pays particular attention to applicants with prior international experience and foreign language study. In rare instances where the applicant is a strong candidate for the JD program but lacks international experience, the admissions committee may offer admission to the JD only.

Additional Application Materials

JD/LLM candidates are not required to submit a statement of purpose for the LLM; however, we encourage applicants to address their interest in international and comparative law, either in their personal statement or include the JD/LLM Addendum attachment.

Standardized Testing

The LSAT is required for all Law School dual degree applicants. No additional testing is required for the JD/LLM.



Jana Kovich JD/LLM ’15 reflects on her Duke Law experience

Jana Kovich JD/LLM ’15"... no other top law school had Duke’s combined JD/LLM program in international and comparative law, which enabled me to achieve both degrees within three years. This degree program allowed me to have international and curricular experiences unmatched anywhere else."

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Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law

Blue globe Published since 1990, the journal is a student-edited publication which features articles from prominent scholars and practitioners focusing on issues of comparative and international law.

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