Global Leaders Scholarship LLMLE Instructions

The Law and Entrepreneurship LLM Program (LLMLE) is a two-semester, 23-credit program. Admission is limited to applicants who hold a JD or an LLM from an ABA-approved U.S. law school, or who are admitted to practice in a U.S. jurisdiction.

Global Leaders Scholarship LLMLE Application Process Checklist

Interviews: Applicants who are selected as finalists will be scheduled for an interview with the Selection Committee in Beijing in February or March. Finalists also will be required to write an additional essay prior to their interview.

Student Visa: Please note that recipients of the Global Leaders Scholarship must provide financial documents certifying that they have access to funds sufficient to cover the cost of attendance beyond tuition.

Application Deadline

The deadline for JD applications through the Global Leaders Scholarship Program is January 22, 2016. We encourage you to submit your application and supporting material as early as possible.


How to Apply

Create an LLM LSAC Account

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) coordinates many aspects of applying to U.S. law schools for a LLM. Your first step should be to create an online account with LSAC.

Create an LLM LSAC account (Click on “Sign up now”)

Send the Global Leaders Scholarship form to Duke

Complete this form, indicating which degree(s) at Duke you plan to apply for. Fax the form to 919-613-7257, or send a scanned copy in .pdf format by e-mail to

Register to Take the TOEFL

International applicants must take the TOEFL if your first language is not English AND English is not the language of instruction at your undergraduate institution. Contact the Education Testing Service (ETS) and request that your TOEFL score be sent to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code is 8395. Your score will be included in the Foreign Credential Evaluation document that will be included with in your LSAC application to Duke. Because it may take several weeks for score results to reach Duke, please plan to take the test no later than six weeks prior to the application deadline.

TOEFL information

Register and pay for LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS)

Register for the Document Assembly Service (US $75) and the International Authentication and Evaluation Service (US $125).  After registration, arrange to have your official transcripts and letters of recommendation to be sent to LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service.  As part of your application, LSAC will send Duke your transcripts and letters of recommendation.

CAS information for LLM applicants


Transcripts of applicants who attended institutions outside the United States and Canada will be authenticated and evaluated by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Applicants from China must submit:

  • Official degree certificates (zhuanke, bachelor's, master's, etc.) and graduation diplomas in Chinese for all programs undertaken along with a complete and literal English translation
  • Official college or university academic record (transcript) in Chinese showing all courses and grades for all years of study along with a complete and literal English translation

The academic record must be issued by the institution's central administrative office responsible for preparing and verifying official student records. Documents issued by an individual academic department or by a notary public are not considered official.

Submitting transcripts to LSAC if you graduated from a US School

Submitting transcripts to LSAC if you graduated from a non – US School

Letters of Recommendation

Two recommendation letters will be required; at least one should be an academic reference. References from friends, family friends, and relatives are discouraged. If you have been out of school for some time, you may substitute letters from employers or others who are well acquainted with your personal traits and entrepreneurial potential. We would prefer to have recommendation letters submitted through LSAC; however, we will also accept letters submitted directly to the Office of Admissions. The LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service is included in your CAS registration. A signature is required on all recommendation letters, preferably on letterhead.

Submitting letters of recommendation to LSAC

Global Leaders Scholarship Essay

All candidates must submit a 2-3 page essay outlining why you are interested in Duke Law School and why you think you would be a good candidate for the Global Leaders Scholarship.  Use the "Miscellaneous Addendum" attachment.

Complete and Submit the Duke Law and Entrepreneurship Application

You will complete the application for Duke’s Law and Entrepreneurship LLM program through your LSAC account. Add Duke University School of Law to your school list and select the Fall 2015 LLMLE application. Detailed instructions for completing the application form are available on the LSAC website and on the Duke Law website ( Applicants to the Law and Entrepreneurship LLM program who are also applying for the Global Leaders Scholarship will have their $70 application fee waived automatically when their materials are submitted through LSAC (when the form is received prior to submitting the application material).

The following materials are required for all Law and Entrepreneurship LLM applications:

  • LLM Program in Law & Entrepreneurship Application Form submitted electronically through LSAC. The application must be signed electronically.
  • Resume (use the electronic attachment)
  • Personal Statement (use the electronic attachment)
  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably submitted electronically through LSAC)
  • Official undergraduate and law school transcripts (submitted through LSAC)
  • Law School Class Rank (your law school must submit directly to the Office of Admissions if not noted on your law school transcript)
  • Global Leaders Scholarship essay (see above, use the “Miscellaneous Addendum” attachment)
  • LSAC CAS Report (the LSAC fee for submitting the CAS Report to Duke is US$ 16)

In order to be considered for the Global Leaders Scholarship, your application must be completed by January 22, 2016. Please note that LSAC’s processing of transcripts and letters of recommendation may take several weeks, so these materials must be submitted well in advance of the deadline.


Applicants who are selected as finalists for the scholarship will be required to participate in an interview with the Global Leaders Scholarship Selection Committee. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted in late February or early March. Finalists also will be required to submit another essay prior to the interview.

Student Visa Information

If you are admitted to Duke Law School and are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you will receive information about applying for a Duke-sponsored F-1 visa when you submit your tuition deposit and admission acceptance form. You will be required to submit copies of your passport, previous visa documents, and proof of financial support. Please note that recipients of the Global Leaders Scholarship must provide financial documents certifying that they have access to funds sufficient to cover the cost of attendance beyond tuition.