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Duke Law attracts students from around the world who are incredibly smart, insatiably curious, and committed to excellence.

Through a wide variety of student organizations, seven journals, and a full slate of student-planned conferences and events, Duke Law students contribute to an academic environment that values creativity, encourages collaboration, and stresses professional development.

The Duke Law JD class of 2026 is comprised of 246 students enrolled from 6,205 applicants. They hail from 35 different U.S. states and territories and four other countries. and represent 110 different undergraduate institutions. Their backgrounds include science, teaching, education, entertainment, the arts, politics, public policy, government, business, technology, sports, and non-profit sector work.

The class of 2026 is also exceptionally diverse. For the sixth year in a row, more than half of the class are women. Students of color make up 49% of the class. Thirteen percent are international students, 12% are the first in their family to go to college, and 22% identify as LGBTQ+. 

  • Median GPA: 3.87
  • GPA 25/75 percentiles: 3.79/3.95
  • Median LSAT: 170
  • LSAT 25/75 percentiles: 168/172
  • 246 students enrolled from 6,205 applicants
  • Average age: 24 (ages range from 20 to 35)
  • Have post-college experience: 72%
  • Hold a graduate degree: 6%
  • Women: 56.1%, Men: 43.5% Nonbinary: 0.4%
  • Total Students of Color: 49%
Message from the Dean
Dean Kerry Abrams
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"At Duke Law School, we like to follow a set of values that we believe set us apart from other law schools, values that we have come to call 'The Duke Way.' The Duke Way is a combination of intellectual engagement at the highest level, extraordinary collaboration and collegiality, and a commitment to serving the common good. We take scholarship, service, professionalism, and teaching seriously, but we try not to take ourselves too seriously."  - Dean Kerry Abrams

Blueprint to LEAD

Leadership is a critical component of a Duke Law education and a fully engaged life in the law. Our “Blueprint to LEAD” outlines the values we think are critical for leadership, and we incorporate these ideals into our curriculum, programs and interactions with each other. By articulating these ideals and living them, by supporting and encouraging creativity, and by giving students the tools needed to accomplish their goals, we set students on course to achieve extraordinary things.