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Frequently Asked Questions

How to do I apply?

To apply for the JD/LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship program, candidates complete the regular JD application and indicate their intent to enroll in the JD/LLMLE. No additional application materials or standardized testing are required.

For incoming JD students who did not apply to the dual program at admission, 1L students may also elect to add on the dual degree in October by attending an interest meeting, speaking with academic affairs and financial aid, and indicating their interest to the program Director. The first course taken as part of the dual program is in Wintersession in January of 1L.

How much will the dual JD/LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship cost?

The dual JD/LLM degree programs at Duke Law have a base tuition of $73,966 for 2018-2019. For additional information, review all Tuition & Fees.

What unique courses and experiences are part of this dual degree?

1L JD/LLMs in Law & Entrepreneurship take their first entrepreneurship class in Wintersession (LAW 853 The Way it All Works) and then take Business Associations in Spring semester (in lieu of Constitutional Law, which is taken by JD/LLMLEs in Fall of 2L).

After 1L, dual degree students enroll in the Entrepreneurship Immersion course, a unique academic experience that includes a startup immersion in a technology hub in the United States.

In the past, students have ventured to Silicon Valley to meet with VCs, law firms with entrepreneurial practices, and Duke alumni at innovative companies, such as Cabify, Dropbox, Box, Facebook, Google, and Square. Students also have individual networking opportunities and attend a reception with local Duke Law alumni and faculty.

Read more about the unique components.

What courses are required?

Review all JD/LLMLE Requirements.

Am I allowed to take classes outside of Duke Law?

Yes, up to three classes may be taken outside of Duke Law, with permission from Academic Affairs. JD/LLMLE students who have a business idea are encouraged to take classes for credit through Fuqua School of Business through the Program for Entrepreneurs, where you’ll work alongside an MBA student and another peer to launch your business over multiple semesters.

How is the JD/LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship different from the JD/MBA that Duke Law offers?

The LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship is an advanced legal studies program designed for students who want to be entrepreneurial lawyers. While it provides students with a deep immersion in certain fields of business study, those areas will be covered from a lawyer’s perspective. We want our students to understand the business issues and the innovative mind, but this is not a business degree. All of the core courses in the program are taught by law faculty and are principally focused on helping you acquire a deeper understanding of the applicable substantive law and the professional skills needed to lawyer effectively in an entrepreneurial context.

What jobs do graduates of the program have?

Since graduating the first class of JD/LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship alumni in 2016, the majority of alumni have been hired by law firms who serve emerging companies, especially in the New York and Bay Area markets. Other alumni have found employment at firms here in the Triangle or abroad.

How can I get more information on the Law & Entrepreneurship Program?

If you have more questions not discussed here on our website, email llmle@law.duke.edu.

 

Postcards from the Practice

“I really think the JD/LLMLE program gave me an amazing head start. I was able to show my worth which is that I have this financial literacy and I’m able to work with small, entrepreneurial clients, which will translate to being able to work with large companies as well.”

 — Dyna Zekaoui, JD/LLMLE’16, associate at Linklaters in London, where she spent her 2L summer

Trevor Kiviat JD/LLMLE '16"Working at Credit Suisse this summer [2014] has been transformative – both professionally and personally. I have developed relationships that will stay with me throughout my career, and I have seen how the work I do impacts our Investment Banking business. Here, Summer Associates are given ample opportunities to interact with senior staff and partner law firms. Beyond our routine tasks and assignments, we are encouraged to meet people, ask questions, and learn how our daily work fits within the Firm’s overarching business. ... Simply, this summer has been a phenomenal introduction to the New York City legal market and the legal and business aspects of working at a global banking institution."

— Trevor Kiviat JD/LLMLE '16