2017-18 Bulletin of the Duke University School of Law

International Students 100 familiar with the applicant’s credentials, including one from a faculty member acquainted with the applicant’s studies in the United States or common law country; a sample of written work; and a written description of their research interest. Students admitted to provisional candidacy in the SJD program will be asked to complete one to two semesters of coursework at Duke before taking a qualifying exam and developing a proposal for the thesis component of the degree. The student’s research and thesis will be supervised by a faculty member highly qualified in that area of law and by At least two additional faculty members in the same or related fields. The successful SJD candidate must then receive formal admission to the SJD program. The SJD normally involves a minimum of three to four years. It should be noted that very few students gain admission to this program of study. For additional information, contact the international studies office. Admission of International Students to LLM or SJD Programs An admissions process separate from the JD admissions is maintained for foreign students applying to the LLM or SJD programs. Prospective applicants should write for forms and information to Jennifer Maher, associate dean for international studies, at Duke Law School, International Studies, 210 Science Drive, Box 90365, Durham, NC 27708-0365; (919) 613-7033; international@law.duke.edu . An application fee of $70 is charged and should accompany the application. Students from countries where English is not the principal language are required to present a high score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey. For further information, appropriate officials at the student’s university should be consulted. Applications and supporting material should reach Duke by January 20. Students are advised that it may take up to two months for TOEFL examination results to reach Duke. Late TOEFL scores and other application materials can seriously delay or even jeopardize admissions decisions. Admission decisions are made on a rolling bases, with most applicants being notified of acceptance beginning in late January. Admissions decisions will continue until the LLM class is full. It is recommended that applicants try to apply as early as possible. Admission is for matriculation in the fall semester only. A deposit fee of $500 will be required to confirm acceptance of a position at the law school. Financial Aid Duke offers some financial assistance based on merit to outstanding international students. All non-US citizens admitted will need to provide proof of sufficient financial support for tuition and living expenses for the degree program before the university initiates the student visa process. International students admitted to the JD program must demonstrate that they have funds available for all three years of study. Duke Law School does not award new scholarship funds on the basis of need or merit once the student matriculates. Housing Duke University has an abundance of well-appointed, reasonably-priced housing in the area. Compared to most urban areas, the cost of living and quality of life in Durham are excellent. Most students prefer to have a car since off-campus public transportation does not serve all areas. Placement with American Law Firms International students may find that they would like to complete their legal education with an internship at an American law firm. Students are welcome to use the services of the law school’s Career and Professional Development Center, which has a counselor who works with international students and JD students seeking overseas positions. The office sponsors special sessions for international students in order to explain the placement process, to help with writing resumes and with interview techniques, and to offer other kinds of assistance as necessary. LLM Students from Duke participate in an annual job fair held in New York at which law firms from the United States and abroad interview job applicants. The visa office at Duke will help students obtain permission to engage in a period of practical training following completion of the degree program. Duke Law School cannot guarantee that students will have success in locating a position with an American law firm. To facilitate the job search, international students are advised to make contact with American law firms, if possible, before they leave their home countries. Students who have the benefit of at least two years of legal experience before they pursue the LLM degree are often the most successful in finding positions with American law firms. While not all states allow LLM graduates to sit for the bar exam, many Duke LLM graduates sit for the New York bar exam. Information about taking state bar examinations is available in the Office of Career Services. Many students remain at Duke University to take bar exam preparation courses in the summer after graduation. Special Features of Duke for International Students The size of the international student body at Duke Law School is large enough to make its presence felt at the school, but not so large as to be a totally separate entity. All international students are supported in their efforts to become an integral part of the Duke community. To this end, the university’s International House sponsors orientation sessions, offers the opportunity for foreign students to have a host family in Durham, and provides a number of special programs and services throughout the year. Duke Law School also conducts a week- long orientation for all new students and several separate sessions designated specifically for international student concerns. International students are selected as representatives to the Duke Bar Association. All clubs and associations, the International Law Society and Pro- Bono Program in particular, encourage the participation of international students. The Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law provides opportunities for international students to submit articles and for as many as five LLM students to participate as staff members in the production of the journal. The Office of the Associate Dean for International Studies is responsible for the admission of international applicants, orientation, academic and adaptation counseling, and other services for international students. Each LLM student is assigned to an academic advisor who offers guidance with course selection. The legal research and writing course is carefully structured to familiarize students with the law library, legal writing techniques of a gradually more demanding nature, and the skills necessary for a beginning law office associate to