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Duke Law School is an ambitious and innovative institution whose mission is to prepare students for responsible and productive lives in the legal profession by providing a rigorous legal education within a collaborative, supportive, and diverse environment. The Duke Law LLM program is designed to introduce international law graduates to the legal system of the United States and to provide the opportunity to take advanced courses in specialized areas of the law. LLM students are able to select courses from the full JD curriculum, including clinics and externships, and join extracurricular activities such as law journals and moot court teams. Duke’s goal is to integrate LLM and JD students in the whole life of Duke Law School. Students also may take courses in other parts of the university, such as the Fuqua School of Business or the Sanford School of Public Policy. Duke also offers certificates in Environmental Law, Business Law, and Intellectual Property Law as part of the LLM program.

Study Program

The Master of Laws (LLM) program at Duke Law School is designed to introduce graduates of foreign law schools to the legal system of the United States and to provide the opportunity to take advanced courses in specialized areas of the law.

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Application Requirements

The application review process includes a thorough evaluation of a candidate’s performance in previous law studies. Also of special significance are the applicant’s professional experience, areas of special interest and expertise, professional and personal goals, strong letters of recommendation and English proficiency. To be eligible for admission to the LLM or SDJ program, applicants must hold a first degree in law – the JD, LLB, or the equivalent – from an accredited or comparably recognized law school or law faculty program. To apply to the SJD program, applicants must hold an LLM degree from an English-speaking university in an English-speaking country. 

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Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Each year, Duke Law School is pleased to offer financial assistance to a number of highly qualified LLM applicants. This financial assistance generally takes the form of varying amounts of tuition scholarships.

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