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JD/LLM in International & Comparative Law

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The JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law is an integrated program that combines rigorous legal training with in-depth study of global issues, opportunities to work and study abroad, and focused mentoring, networking, and career development.

In the same time it takes to earn your JD, you can add a specialized LLM in International and Comparative Law, a degree recognized around the world as a key credential for a global law practice. As a student, you will explore Duke’s extensive international law curriculum and participate in numerous internationally focused clinics, journals, and student organizations, and be prepared for a career in the increasingly international practice of law, whether you plan to work in the U.S. or abroad, in private practice, a business or the public sector.

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Jana Kovich
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... 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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Jana Kovich JD/LLM ’15
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Study and work abroad

Duke’s JD/LLM program also lets you pursue your interests outside of the U.S. and have academic and professional experiences that can shape your life and career. During the post-1L summer you’ll take upper-level classes at the Duke-Leiden Institute in Global and Transnational Law and also intern with a foreign law firm or legal organization. In the 2L and 3L years, you can choose from more than 20 exchange programs or gain specialized work experience by doing a semester or summer externship abroad with an international organization, tribunal, or NGO.

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Professor Jayne Huckerby
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Tap into a global network

Duke’s global alumni community includes JD/LLMs who have embarked on exciting, high-level careers dealing with important international issues, both domestically and abroad, and are always eager to advise and mentor current students.

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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 LawInternational Human RightsInternational 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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Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law
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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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Human Rights at Duke Law
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Duke Law provides an integrated approach to human rights education, advocacy and scholarship that places students at the intersection of human rights theory and practice, domestically and abroad.