The LLM program at Duke Law School is designed to introduce foreign law graduates to the legal system of the United States and to provide the opportunity to take advanced courses in specialized areas of the law. LLM students are welcome to make selections from the large number of courses represented in the curriculum. With the exception of two required courses, all classes are taken with JD students. Students may also take courses in other parts of the university, such as the Fuqua School of Business or the Sanford School of Public Policy.
Most LLM students at Duke are professionals with two or more years of experience at well-known law firms. They are also judges, prosecutors, academics, members of government ministries, corporations, or financial institutions. The LLM program usually includes a small number of talented, very recent law graduates as well.
Why Duke Law?
Duke Law offers more than 200 courses to LLM students in areas such as business law, human rights, and criminal law.
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The vibrant community of more than 11,000 Duke Law alumni can be found in 80 countries around the world.
Duke is a research university with interdisciplinary programs that foster collaboration across academic programs.
Student Life in Durham, N.C.
If you are looking for an eclectic, comfortable, American city with great restaurants, abundant entertainment, and easy access to the beach, mountains, and parks, Durham is the place for you.
The city and surrounding areas have a high concentration of researchers from around the world who work for one of the area’s many universities or high-tech companies. You’ll experience the famous “southern charm” and hospitality that is unique to this region of the United States. And Durham is ranked as one of the best and most affordable places to live in America.
LLM 2017 graduates are headed to 29 countries and 5 states to work or continue their education.
New York Bar Exam
Duke's curriculum is specifically designed to allow you to sit for the New York Bar, assuming your previous legal education meets some basic requirements such as the appropriate length of time of study. Please note that the New York Bar is implementing additional qualification rules in order to be admitted to the Bar following passing the Bar exam, beginning with students entering LLM programs in 2018. Please see here for more information.
Career and professional development resources
The Career & Professional Development Center has outstanding resources for international students. In addition to individualized counseling, Duke Law provides a series of programs explicitly for LLM students.