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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 students making up the class of 2025 come from 35 different U.S. states and territories and nine other countries. They represent 109 different undergraduate institutions, and many have earned graduate degrees in other disciplines. Their backgrounds include science, teaching, education, entertainment, the arts, politics, public policy, government, business, technology, sports, and non-profit sector work.

The class of 2025 is among the most diverse in school history. Students of color account for 44% class, the highest the Law School has ever achieved, including record percentages of Latinx and Asian American students. More than one-quarter are the first in their family to go to college or professional school, and 10% are international students. Twenty-two percent reported that they identify as LGBTQ+. And for the fifth year in a row, women comprise more than half of Duke Law’s entering JD class. Another 1% identify as non-binary. 

  • Median GPA: 3.85
  • GPA 25/75 percentiles: 3.73/3.94
  • Median LSAT: 170
  • LSAT 25/75 percentiles: 168/171
  • 225 students enrolled from 6,250 applicants
  • Average age: 24 (ages range from 21 to 55)
  • Have post-college experience: 70%
  • Hold a graduate degree: 10%
  • Women: 54%, Men: 44% Nonbinary: 1%
  • Total Students of Color: 44%
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.