JD/LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship Degree Requirements

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Please note: The degree requirements outlined below apply to JD/LLM students who matriculated prior to the Fall 2020 semester. Students who matriculated in Fall 2020 and later are required to complete 24 LLM credits as part of the JD/LLM dual-degree program. Please contact Dean Lacoff with questions about your degree progress.



Academic Advisor:  Dean Lacoff

Students enrolled in the JD/LLM-LE must earn 108 law credits to graduate.  This is 87 JD credits and 21 LLM-LE credits, calculated as follows:

  • 87 credits for the JD degree
  • 21 credits for the LLM-LE degree
    • 7 of these credits will also count toward the 87 JD credits.  The applicable courses are Securities Regulation (4 credits) and Business Strategy for Lawyers (3 credits).
    • The remaining 14 credits are in addition to the 87 credits required for the JD.
  • Total coursework:  101 credits

The JD/LLM-LE credits must be comprised of the following

  • The prescribed first-year courses:

*Note:  Joint degree students will take Constitutional Law in the fall of 2L year.  For JD-LLM-LE students, Constitutional Law is replaced with Business Associations in the spring of 1L year. 

**Note:  No longer required for students matriculating in or after Fall 2020.

  • LE Summer Program:  Completion of the Entrepreneurship Immersion course during the summer between 1L and 2L year. 
  • LE Upper-Level Courses:
  • JD Ethics Requirement:  A two-credit course in ethics and professional responsibility.
  • JD Substantial Research and Writing Project Requirement:  One faculty-supervised research paper for a minimum of two credits.  This may be fulfilled by way of a seminar or an independent study.  The SRWP paper must be a solo project; group projects may not be used to fulfill the requirement.  The student's engagement in a substantial research and writing project must be registered with the Registrar's Office no later than the end of the drop/add period of the student's fifth semester.  Courses that satisfy the SWRP are identified in the Course Browser by using the JD Course of Study drop-down menu and searching for "JD - substantial research and writing."
  • JD Experiential Learning Requirement:  A minimum six credits in simulation courses, clinics and/or externships.  Courses that satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement are identified in the Course Browser by using the JD Course of Study drop-down menu and searching for "experiential learning."  Prescribed courses within the JD-LLM-LE curriculum that count toward the experiential learning requirement include the following:  Community Enterprise Law Clinic, Deal Skills for the Transactional Lawyer, Negotiation, Start-Up Ventures Clinic, and The Way it All Works.
  • Professional Development Requirement: All students entering law school in Fall 2018 or later must complete two non-academic professional development credits. Please note that these credits do not count toward the minimum credit requirement for your degree.
  • JD/LLM-LE Electives: students are expected to maximize the value of the JD/LLM-LE program by selecting JD courses with a total of at least 16 credits to complement the prescribed program curriculum.  LE electives are identified in the Course Browser.
  • Regularly-Scheduled Courses:  A minimum 64 of the 101 credits must be earned in law courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction.
    • Regularly-scheduled law school courses include
      • Law School courses and seminars, including courses cross-listed at the Law School but originating in another school or department at the University.
      • Law School clinics
      • Regularly-scheduled courses completed at another ABA-accredited law school, including through the inter-institutional agreement with UNC and NCCU and transfer credits for students who completed the first year at another law school or who visited away at another law school.
      • Credits from an approved study abroad program.
    • Regularly-scheduled law school courses do NOT include
      • Independent study
      • Non-law courses
      • Externships
      • Research tutorials
      • Ad hoc seminars
      • Bass Connections

All students are responsible for monitoring their compliance with the graduation requirements.

Interested in taking a course outside the Law School?

The Registrar’s Office publishes a list on the Registration Portal of classes available at Fuqua, along with links and resources for other Duke courses and offerings at nearby law schools UNC and NCCU.