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Lawyers are critical to the success of entrepreneurial ventures, but it takes something special to work effectively in this space.

LLMLE studentsThe relationship of the lawyer and the businessperson is so intertwined that a competent lawyer must understand business and a competent businessperson must understand the law. The Law and Entrepreneurship Program is designed to expose you to the tools and thinking you will need to build your career in this field — whether in a law firm, in-house with a company, or even as an entrepreneur yourself.

Building on Duke Law's existing strengths in the fields of business law, intellectual property law, and innovation policy and strategic ties to entrepreneurial companies located in nearby Research Triangle Park, the Law & Entrepreneurship Program offers a distinctive and rigorous educational experience.

Duke Law currently offers the Dual JD/LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship over three years.

No matter where you are in your career path, Duke Law can help you build your skills in entrepreneurship and startup law.


My decision to attend Duke Law's LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship was, without question, the defining moment of my career. ... This program meets a rapidly growing need within the entrepreneurial world for professionals who can effectively counsel and lead innovative ventures.

Vinny Asaro LLMLE '12, Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
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