Academic Calendar: 2024-2025

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Summer Term 2024

JD-LLM-LE Summer Immersion (2L JD-LLM-LE students only)

Monday, May 6 - Friday, May 17 Durham, North Carolina

Master’s Program in Judicial Studies (MJS students only)

Monday, May 20 First Day of Class
Friday, June 14 Last Day of Class

Leiden Summer Institute

Monday, June 24 First Day of Class
Friday, July 19 Last Day of Class
Monday, July 22 - Weds, July 24 Reading and Examination Period

Summer Institute on Law, Language & Culture (International LLM students only)

Tuesday, July 16 Orientation
Wednesday, July 17 First Day of Classes
Friday, August 9 Last Day of Classes


Fall Term 2024

CAREER DEVELOPMENT (Upper Level JD Students Pursuing Private Sector)

Tuesday,  July 30 – Friday, August 2 On-Campus Interviewing (Virtual)

LEAD Week / Orientation (incoming students)

Thursday, August 15 - Friday, August 23 International LLM Students
Tuesday, August 20 - Friday, August 23 1L JD Students
Wednesday, August 21 LARW classes begin (times and rooms TBA)
Distinctive Aspects of US Law begins
Thursday, August 22 LARWINT classes begin (times and rooms TBA)

Regular Semester

Monday, August 26 1L Classes begin and Upper Level classes begin
Friday, August 30 Clinic Intensive Training
Monday, September 2 Labor Day (no classes)
Wednesday, September 4 Drop Add ends at 11:59 pm
Friday, September 13 Designated make-up day
Friday, October 4 Designated make-up day
Monday, October 14 - Friday, Oct. 18 Fall Break (1L Writing Week)
Monday, October 21 End of 7th week of classes
Friday, November 15 Designated make-up day
Tuesday, Nov. 26 *Only Friday classes meet
Wednesday, Nov. 27 - Friday, Nov. 29 Thanksgiving break
Thursday, December 5 Last day of Classes *Only Thursday classes meet
Friday, December 6 Reading period begins
Friday, December 6 Drop Add ends for Wintersession at 11:59 pm
Tuesday, December 10 Examination Period Begins
Friday, December 20 Examination Period Ends


Wintersession Term 2025

  • Saturday, January 4, to Wednesday, January 8, 2025.

Spring Term 2025

(make-up days TBD)

Wednesday, January 8 LARW Writing Classes Meet (lunch hour)
Thursday, January 9 First Day of Classes
Friday, January 17 Clinic Intensive Training
Friday, January 17 Drop Add ends at 11:59 pm
Thursday, Sat. & Sunday, Jan. 16, 18 & 19 Intensive Trial Practice Weekend
Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes)
Friday, January 24 Designated make-up day
Friday, February 21 Designated make-up day
Thursday, February 27 End of 7th Week of classes
Monday, March 10 - Friday, March 14 Spring Break (no classes)
Friday, March 21 Designated make-up day
Thursday, April 17 Last day of class *Only Monday classes meet
Friday, April 18 Reading period begins
Tuesday, April 22 Examination period begins
Friday, May 2 Reading and Examination period ends
Tuesday, May 6 Graduating students clearing deadline at Noon
Saturday, May 10 Law School Convocation, diploma distribution
Sunday, May 11 University Commencement