2017-18 Bulletin of the Duke University School of Law

Admissions 41 Duke Law School attracts many of the most qualified applicants from across the country and around the world, and admission is highly selective. Most successful applicants graduated near the top of their undergraduate classes, have high test scores, and possess a clear record of achievement in other areas such as community service, business, graduate study, or extra-curricular activities. The application review process includes a thorough evaluation of each candidate’s academic record, including the rigor and breadth of the curriculum, overall grade trends, and any graduate level work. Detailed letters of recommendation from faculty members provide further insight into a candidate’s intellectual ability, work ethic, and personal skills. Letters of recommendation from employers may add additional information about an applicant’s abilities. Candidates who have been out of school for some time may substitute letters from employers for the academic references. Duke also seeks to identify applicants who demonstrate leadership and engagement. 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. The Duke Law School community benefits from a student body that represents a broad range of experiences and interests. The required resume should provide a concise summary of an applicant’s activities and employment; it may include more detail than a traditional one-page employment resume. The personal statement and optional additional essays allow candidates to highlight specific aspects of their background that may not be apparent from the other application materials. 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. Special care is taken when evaluating applications to achieve diversity in interests, perspectives, and backgrounds. Admission Procedures JD Program The Admissions and Financial Aid Committee receives its authority by delegation from the law faculty and reports to the law faculty. The committee decides policy questions that arise in the admissions process. Individual applications are reviewed by the associate dean for admissions and student affairs. Each applicant is responsible for collecting and submitting the following documents: • Completed application form submitted through the electronic service offered by the Law School Admission Council at www.lsac.org . • Two letters of recommendation. It is suggested that the letters be written by professors who have personal knowledge of the academic performance and potential of the applicant. Although academic references are preferred, applicants who have been out of school for some time may substitute letters from employers or others who are well acquainted with their personal traits and intellectual potential. • A nonrefundable processing fee of $70. • A personal statement and resume. Applicants are strongly urged to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than December. Registration forms and information should be procured by writing directly to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940, (215) 968-1001, or by visiting www.lsac.org . Applicants with disabilities should contact LSAC directly for information concerning special accommodations for taking the LSAT. Applicants must arrange for the submission of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended to the Law School Admission Council, Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940. The priority application deadline is February 15; applications may be submitted after the deadline if space is available. Review of completed applications begins in September. Most decisions are issued by late April. Applicants who visit Duke Law School are encouraged to talk with currently enrolled students, and may attend a class and meet with an admissions representative if the visit is scheduled in advance. Each applicant extended an offer of admission will be given a reasonable amount of time to respond. Written offers of admission will be sent to admitted candidates specifying the amount of deposit and other conditions required to hold a place in the class. A waiting list is established in late spring and is held open as long as necessary. Offers are extended to applicants on the waiting list as withdrawals occur during the summer. Admission to Duke Law is conditional upon receipt of a final official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work undertaken by the candidate, and the completion of any degree listed in the application for admission. Dual Degree Programs Duke Law School offers a variety of opportunities for dual degree studies, both within the law school and in collaboration with other departments and schools. Candidates for the JD/LLM dual degrees in International and Comparative Law and in Law and Entrepreneurship are selected by Duke Law School. Applicants should designate the appropriate JD/LLM program on the application form. Candidates for joint professional degrees in business (MBA), medicine (MD), environmental management (MEM), public policy (MPP), and theological studies (MTS) are considered separately for admission to both schools on the same basis as those applicants who are applying for the individual Admissions