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Your life as a lawyer starts now. The Duke Law JD is rigorous, innovative, and respected around the globe. Our courses and programs are designed to help you pursue your academic goals and prepare for success and leadership in the law and beyond.

Duke Law School is a community of lawyers. Some are in the earliest days of their careers; some are in the depths of intense study and research rooted in years of practice, teaching, and public service. When you arrive here, you become a colleague in an intensive and collaborative exploration of the law. We encourage and expect you to create your own adventure, to use the vast resources at your disposal to contribute to Duke Law, to the community, and to the legal profession.

students Public Interest

Whether you aspire to become a public interest lawyer or incorporate pro bono work into your practice, you will find the resources at Duke to reach your goals.

students Dual Degrees

Pursue two world-class degrees at once and prepare yourself for a career at the intersection of law and another discipline.

clinic students Clinical Legal Education

Build an experiential bridge between law school and practice while also delivering legal services to those who need them.


Qualifications for Admission to the Bar: In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. For additional information, please visit the American Bar Association (ABA) website.

Apply Now

Candidates may begin submitting applications in September for the following year’s entering class. The application deadline for Regular Decision is February 15. We will continue to accept applications after that date if space is available.

JD Application Status

Please wait to receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. Use your credentials to log in. Contact the Office of Admissions at if you do not receive the email 1-2 business days after submitting the material through LSAC.