2017-18 Bulletin of the Duke University School of Law
Admissions 43 LLM in Judicial Studies Through Duke’s two-year LLM Program in Judicial Studies, judges learn the analytical skills and research approaches necessary for studying judicial institutions and apply those skills to studies of domestic and international judicial institutions, common and emerging legal issues, general judicial practices, and judicial reform efforts. The program is open to state, federal, and international judges who sit on courts of general jurisdiction. (Municipal judges, administrative law judges, arbitrators, and special masters are not eligible for the program.) We seek to admit a balance of representatives from each sector of the judiciary to create a diversity of ideas and approaches that will enhance the learning experience. The program requires four weeks of coursework in two consecutive summers (total of eight weeks on campus), plus the writing of a thesis based on original research. Courses are highly interactive and taught by scholars from the Duke Law faculty as well as from institutions around the country. Each applicant is responsible for collecting and submitting the following documents: • The application form which can be downloaded from Duke Law’s website at www.law.duke.edu/judicialstudies/application . The form must be signed and submitted in hard copy form through the mail or electronically signed and submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org . (Please note that this is a two-year program; therefore, each new class begins on the even years only.) • $70 nonrefundable application processing fee. This fee may be submitted by check or money order, and must be submitted through the mail. To verify your identity, please include your name and birth date on your check or money order. • Resume or curriculum vitae • Personal statement • Two references and contact information • TOEFL report (for international applicants only, if applicable) Candidates can submit application materials anytime throughout the year; however, applications will not be reviewed until the summer before the start of a new program. Bar Admission In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. For additional information, please visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/bar_admissions.html . University and Law School Rules Students are subject to the rules and regulations of the university and Duke Law School that are currently in effect, or those that in the future may be promulgated by the appropriate authorities of the university. A copy of Duke Law School’s rules is available for review in the Law School Library and on the law school’s website at law.duke.edu . Every student, in accepting admission, indicates a willingness to subscribe to and be governed by these rules and regulations. The student also acknowledges the right of the university to take such disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion, as may be appropriate, for failure to abide by these rules and regulations of academic misconduct, or for other conduct adjudged unsatisfactory or detrimental to the university. Duke University is a drug-free workplace as defined by federal regulations. Information about admission to the Duke University School of Law is also available at the law school’s website at law.duke.edu .