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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, eight 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 2023 come from 33 different U.S. states and territories, and from four other countries. They represent 116 different undergraduate institutions, and a number have graduate degrees, including PhDs in biomedical sciences, economics, and philosophy; master's degrees in arts management, English, journalism, social sciences, teaching, and technology, policy, and ethics; Master of Education; Master of Public Health; Master of Social Work; and Master of Music. Their backgrounds include science, teaching, education, entertainment, the arts, politics, public policy, government, business, technology, sports, and non-profit sector work.

  • Median GPA: 3.80
  • GPA 25/75 percentiles: 3.71/3.89
  • Median LSAT: 169
  • LSAT 25/75 percentiles: 167/169
  • 239 students enrolled from 4,983 applicants
  • Average age: 24 (ages range from 20 to 32)
  • Women: 57%, Men: 42%
  • Total Students of Color: 33%
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Message from the Dean
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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

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Blueprint to LEAD
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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.