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When is Wintersession?

Wintersession will take place from Saturday, January 4, 2020, until Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Regular classes for spring semester begin on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

Do I get credit for Wintersession courses?

Yes. With one exception, each course will be worth a half-credit. To receive credit, students must attend six hours of class (three hours on each of two days), and complete any in-class or out-of-class assignments given. One course will be worth a full credit and will require enrolled students to attend class for a total of 12 hours over a period of four days (Sunday, 2-5 pm, and Monday-Wednesday, 9 am-12 pm).

Are Wintersession courses graded?

No. All Wintersession courses are offered on a credit/no credit basis. Students who prepare for and attend class, complete assignments, and show a basic level of proficiency will receive credit. The classes will have no impact on GPAs.

Can I take more than one class?

Yes. If you find two (.5 unit) classes that don’t overlap (and there are plenty of options), you may take two courses during Wintersession. Upper-level, LLM, and first-year dual-degree students may enroll in courses totaling up to one full credit; first-year JD students may only take Law 844, for a half-credit.

Who can take Wintersession courses?

With the exception of the Wintersession for 1Ls course, all other courses are open to 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs (including LLMLEs), and SJDs.

1Ls who are dual-degree students may enroll in the following classes: The Counselor & The Client; Basics for the Finance Lawyer; Counseling & Creating a New Entity; Basics of Accounting; Civil-Military Relations; Insurance Law; Lawyer as International Development Professional; Leadership and Communication in the Law; Professional Communication for Lawyers; and/or Practice and Strategic Development of International Transactions. Note that this last class is a full credit.

First-year JD/LLMLE students are required to take The Way It All Works: Investing, Negotiating, and Operating in the Real World.

How do I register for Wintersession?

Bookbagging for Wintersession courses begins on Friday, September 20. 3Ls will register on Tuesday, September 24, starting at 8 a.m. LLMs and LLMLEs will register on September 25, starting at 8 a.m., and 2Ls and dual-degree 1Ls will register on September 26, starting at 8 a.m. 1Ls may register for Law 844: The Counselor and the Client: The Corporate Context, starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, September 27.

The Drop/Add period will start on September 27 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 2; all decisions about taking Wintersession classes must be finalized by that time. No classes may be dropped after December 2. Please note that dropping a class after this date will result in a mark of “WF” for that class on your transcript. You should make your travel plans accordingly.

NOTE:  Registration windows open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 7:59 a.m. on the following day.

Is there any cost associated with taking a Wintersession course?

No. Wintersession courses will be considered part of the Spring Term for tuition purposes.

Who will be teaching Wintersession classes?

Some Wintersession classes will be taught by current faculty, but the majority of the classes feature alumni practitioners coming back to Duke for the program. This makes Wintersession a great opportunity for you to network and to meet successful practitioners in your field of interest.

How will this impact spring semester course-loads?

Wintersession classes will count toward the Spring semester course load only if that is beneficial to you. Thus, if you need one credit from Wintersession to count so your Spring course load qualifies as full-time, it will count toward the Spring. If you are planning to take the maximum credits in the Spring, and the Wintersession credit would put you over the limit, then the Wintersession credit will not count toward the Spring.