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The Master of Laws (LLM) program at Duke Law School is designed to introduce graduates of foreign law schools to the legal system of the United States and to provide the opportunity to take advanced courses in specialized areas of the law.

LLM studentsMost LLM students at Duke are professionals with two or more years of professional experience in various legal settings. Many have worked as associates at large law firms, judges, prosecutors, academics, members of government ministries, corporations, and financial institutions. The LLM program usually includes a small number of talented, recent law graduates with strong academic credentials.

Duke Law’s LLM curriculum provides the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system. LLM students are welcome to make selections from the large number of courses that fit their career goals and intellectual interests. 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, Nicolas School of the Environment, or the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Duke Law LLM Experience

At Duke Law School, students and faculty experience and contribute to academic rigor in an interdisciplinary environment that supports and values creativity and innovation. Duke LLM students describe their experiences in Duke Law courses, on campus, and in Durham and North Carolina.

Upcoming Recruitment Events
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We invite you to join us at the following upcoming events to learn how the Duke LLM program can enhance your international legal career.


Mexico (in person)
Tuesday, September 19, 2023 * 4:00 PM

Universidad Panamericana
Facultad de Derecho
Augusto Rodin No. 498
Insurgentes Mixcoac, Benito Juárez
03920 Ciudad de México
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Thursday, September 21, 2023 * 1:30 PM
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Departamento Académico de Derecho
Río Hondo 1, Altavista
Álvaro Obregón
01080 Ciudad de México
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Friday, September 22, 2023 * 5:00 PM
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Campus Ciudad de México
Periferico Sur 6666
San Bartolo El Chico
14380 Ciudad de México
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Ireland (virtual)
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 * 7:00 AM EDT (12:00pm noon IST)

Hosted by UCD Sutherland School of Law
“Insider’s Guide to Application, Admission and Academic Success at Elite U.S. LLM Program”
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Application Deadlines

Applicants to Duke Law's LLM and SJD programs may begin submitting applications on September 1. The application deadline for the LLM program is February 1. The application deadline for the SJD program is March 1.

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"The LLM program taught me the basic structure and interesting dynamics of the U.S. legal frame-work and inspired and cultivated my intellectual curiosity to learn more about it. Even with a few years under my belt as a practitioner, the program solidified my expertise in international business law and greatly enhanced my legal career."

Shinichi Yoshiya, Executive Director, Head of Regulatory Affairs for Japan and APAC, Morgan Stanley