2017-18 Bulletin of the Duke University School of Law
Admissions 42 programs. The admission decision of one school has no bearing on the admission decision of the other school. If accepted for admission by both schools, the applicant is automatically eligible to participate in the established dual-degree program. Students planning to participate in such programs should notify Duke Law School immediately upon their admission. Candidates for the JD/MBA dual degree complete the joint application available through the Law School Admission Council, while candidates for other joint professional degrees complete the individual applications for each program. Students interested in the JD/MA in bioethics and science policy may submit an application to The Graduate School either before or after matriculating at Duke Law School. Transfer Policy In order to be considered for admission to Duke, a transfer applicant must present evidence of the satisfactory completion of one year of study at any law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, and be eligible for readmission to that school. To be given serious consideration for admission, an applicant should rank at least in the top quarter of the class. Two academic years of law study must be completed at Duke. The following items are required to complete a transfer applicant’s admission file: • A nonrefundable processing fee of $70 • Letter of good standing from the dean of the law school attended • References from two law professors who have personal knowledge of the academic performance and potential of the applicant • Certified transcript of all grades earned in the first year of law school • Law school class rank or notification from the school that they do not rank • LSAC Law School Report Spring semester grades must be received before decisions can be made. The deadline for submitting transfer applications is July 1. Decisions are normally made the last week of July. Graduate Study in Law Admission to Duke to pursue law study beyond the basic professional degree is generally limited to LLM in law and entrepreneurship candidates, LLM in judicial studies candidates, JD/LLM candidates, and international students. For information about application to the LLM programs in law and entrepreneurship and judicial studies, please see below. For information about application to other graduate study programs, see the description of admission procedures in the section on international students. Admission Procedures LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship Applications for the LLM in law and entrepreneurship are reviewed by members of the program’s faculty committee. 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 at least one letter be written by a professor who has personal knowledge of the academic performance and potential of the applicant. 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 entrepreneurial potential. • A nonrefundable processing fee of $70 • A personal statement and resume • A self-reported LSAT score(s). LSAC will not provide score reports to Duke for the LLMLE program. Fill in the score(s) on the application and include a copy of your report in your supplemental material. Applications may be reviewed without LSAT scores, but applicants must address the fact that they have not supplied this information in a statement in the supplemental materials. Applicants must arrange for the submission of transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate, and law schools attended to the Law School Admission Council, Box 2000, Newtown, PA 18940. The official law school transcript must be submitted directly from an accredited US law school verifying that the applicant has received a JD and/or LLM degree from that school, along with evidence of final class rank. Official transcripts for all academic work attempted at any college, university, and professional school must also be submitted, including international JD or LLM degrees. If eligibility for the program depends on current active bar membership, applicant must submit verification of active status. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) report, unless the applicant graduated from a US undergraduate institution or received a JD from a US law school. There is a rolling admissions process for the law and entrepreneurship LLM program. Application materials are posted online in October, with decisions issued periodically as applications are completed. 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.