Transfer/Visitor Admissions Information

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Unfortunately, Duke Law is unable to accept transfer student or visitor applications for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Duke LLM students may contact the Office of Admissions at 

Each year, Duke Law School enrolls a number of transfer students who have completed their first year at another law school. The exact number varies, but has ranged between 12 and 20 in recent years. We may conduct an initial file review once the letter of good standing, class rank (if available), and law transcript from the fall semester are received. Admission decisions are generally made in time for transfer students to participate in most of the On-Campus Interview process for second-year students. In addition, Duke Law journals conduct a write-on competition to allow transfer students to earn staff positions.

Most successful transfer applicants have a law school record that puts them at least in the top third of their class. We are particularly interested in admitting applicants who have specific reasons for wanting to be at Duke Law and seem likely to be active members of our community. Transfer applicants must complete the entire first year of legal study at an ABA-approved law school with membership in the Association of American Law Schools, and complete at least two years of study at Duke Law School.

In addition, Duke Law School considers applications for visitor status, in which students are admitted to complete their final year of law school at Duke. However, their home school awards the degree and agrees to accept credits from Duke.

The deadline for advanced standing applications is June 1. Indicate whether you are applying as a transfer (2L) or visiting (3L) student. Transfer applicants will receive no more than one year of academic credit toward a Duke Law degree for work completed at another law school. Students with advanced standing are not eligible to apply for application fee waivers, Duke Law scholarships, or dual degree programs.

Duke Law School’s Approach to COVID-19 Academic Disruption

The lives of many students have been significantly disrupted due to the global pandemic. Many institutions, including Duke Law, have switched to a mandatory Credit/No Credit grading system. Other institutions offer students an option to be graded on a CR/NC or similar system. Whether you were required to take your courses on a CR/NC basis, or whether you chose to do so, please be assured that the lack of traditional letter grades will have no negative impact on our evaluation of your application for admission. Duke Law will continue to take into account a range of factors in making admission decisions including, but not limited to, law school performance, the strength of letters of recommendation, quality of writing as demonstrated in personal statements and essays, potential for leadership, significant professional achievement or unusual extracurricular accomplishment (including school or community service), test scores, and backgrounds and experiences that would enrich Duke’s educational environment.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Duke University is committed to encouraging and sustaining a learning and work community that is free from prohibited discrimination and harassment. Review the full policy to learn more.