Unique Components of the JD/LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship

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The JD/LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship integrates a robust business curriculum with practical legal experience, preparing graduates to hit the ground running. There is no other dual degree of its kind in the United States.

These unique components help prepare students to practice in multiple areas, including transactional, corporate, and litigation, with next generation businesses and startups.

Jay Preston

Working in the Start-Up Ventures Clinic was an extremely valuable part of my education at Duke Law. It was the perfect complement to my more traditional coursework because it provided me the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience with real startups while still in school.

Jay Preston, JD/LLMLE '19
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From the Program Director

"This is the program I wish I could have taken in law school: a robust business law curriculum that prepares students to practice in our fast-changing innovative economy.  

Duke Law offers incredibly rich, challenging and diverse coursework. Students graduate with a strong foundation in IP and Business Law; because of their Silicon Valley experience, they also have a better sense for the context in which deals arise and the different types of practice areas.  With courses in specialties such as Structuring VC and Private Equity and the Blockchain Law & Policy Lab, and hands-on experience in the Startup Ventures Clinic or a Practicum with a local company, Duke Law offers an unparalleled experience for students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship."

— Program Director and Clinical Professor of Law, Erika Buell

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Start-Up Ventures Clinic students advise budding businesspeople at Duke's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Academy

Rosie McKinley JD/LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship '17 and Katie Hasnain '18 of Duke Law’s Start-Up Ventures Clinic led the session by sharing strategies on when startups should seek legal advice.