From the first-year foundation, Duke has built an extensive upper-class curriculum that blends traditional coursework with an extensive array of practical skills courses and clinics and opportunities to study in small groups with faculty.
While the core curriculum is strong across the board, Duke has given special attention to those areas in which there is likely to be a growing demand for lawyers over the coming decades - business and finance law, international and comparative law, constitutional and public law, and fields relating to science and technology such as intellectual property, environmental, telecommunications, biotech, and health.
The Law School benefits from a student body that represents a broad range of experiences and interests.
It is often helpful to indicate reasons for interest in law school in general and Duke in particular, especially when they relate to an applicant's specific experiences.
Applicants who are provisionally admitted and do not wish to apply for scholarship assistance may contact the Office of Admissions so that they can be officially admitted at that time.
The application review process includes a thorough evaluation of a candidate's academic record, including the rigor and breadth of the curriculum, overall grade trends, any graduate level work, and test scores.Most successful candidates show sustained and meaningful commitment to one or more fields of interest to them.Although many applicants have had some exposure to the legal profession, this is not in itself a requirement.Review the detailed instructions as you complete the application. You will be notified by email once your application has been received.The email will include instructions on how to check your file status online.Special care is taken when evaluating applications to achieve diversity in interests, perspectives, and backgrounds.When the admissions committee determines that additional information would be helpful in making a final decision, applicants may be invited to interview with a member of the committee.The following instructions are for first-year JD applicants to the 2020 entering class.The first-year JD application is also used to apply for dual degree programs.Need-based fee waivers: Submit the Fee Waiver Form in its original format by email as an attached PDF to the Office of Admissions at [email protected] If you were granted a fee waiver for a previous application, you would not be eligible. If you submit the application prior to receiving a decision, the request will be denied. We also extend merit-based fee waivers based on the results of periodic searches of the LSAC's Candidate Referral Service (CRS).We will be unable to consider requests received after the priority application deadline of February 15. To be considered in the pool, be sure your CRS account is active, your intended enrollment year is set correctly, you have either a self-reported or LSAC-calculated GPA, and LSAT score.