2017-18 Bulletin of the Duke University School of Law

Degree Programs 83 The Juris Doctor: The First Professional Degree in Law Duke Law School offers a JD program that is rigorous, relevant, innovative, and interdisciplinary. First-year students begin their study of law through the traditional core courses of civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, property, and torts, and legal analysis, research, and writing. At least one core first-year course is a small section of around thirty-five students, with most first-year classes taught in double sections. The first-year writing course is taught in sections of less than thirty students. In 2013-14, the Law School added a new course to the first-year curriculum, Foundations of Law, to provide students with an introduction to the history and development of legal thought. From the first-year foundation, Duke has built an extensive upper-level curriculum that blends traditional coursework with an extensive array of practical skills courses and clinics and opportunities to study in small groups with faculty. Students must complete 87 course credits to earn the JD degree. 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 and environmental law. JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law The JD/LLM in international and comparative law allows students to earn both the JD and LLM degrees in three years, with additional coursework between the first and second year at the Duke Law Summer Institute in Transnational Law. Courses for the LLM degree focus on international and comparative law and prepare students for careers in international law practice. During the six semesters of law study and in coursework at Duke’s summer institute, JD/LLM students participate in 21 course credits in international and comparative law. Of these 21 credits, fourteen are in addition to the credits required for the JD degree, so that, in total, students enrolling in the JD/LLM must complete 101 law credits to earn both degrees. Courses required for the LLM include international law; comparative law; research methodology in international, foreign, and comparative law; a selected seminar focused on international and comparative law; and coursework or an independent study for which a significant piece of writing is required. Candidates for the JD/LLM in international and comparative law must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in these courses and must also show competency in at least one foreign language. JD/LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship The JD/LLM in law and entrepreneurship allows students to earn both the JD and LLM degrees in three years, with a summer of additional coursework. Coursework in the LLM degree provides students with a deep understanding of the historical and current perspectives on entrepreneurship and the law; enables students to understand the business, institutional, and strategic considerations applicable to entrepreneurs; fosters an understanding of the public policy and legal frameworks that promote innovation; ensures that students master both the core substantive law and the lawyering skills that are necessary for effective representation of entrepreneurs; and provides students with an opportunity to explore their own potential for entrepreneurship. Students must complete 21 course credits in entrepreneurship, business law, and IP courses for the LLM degree. Of these 21 credits, fourteen are in addition to the credits required for the JD degree, so that, in total, students enrolled in the JD/LLMLE program must complete 101 course credits. Upper level courses for JD/LLMLE students include Law 534 ( Advising the Entrepreneurial Client ) , Law 778 ( Law and Entrepreneurship ) , Law 319 ( Analytical Methods ) , Law 203 ( Business Strategy ) , Law 532 ( Venture Capital Financing ) , and Law 441 ( Start-Up Ventures Clinic ) . JD/MA Degree Duke offers the opportunity for students to earn both a law degree and a master’s degree in bioethics and science policy. Students who wish to pursue this program may apply to The Graduate School after matriculating at the law school. JD/MBA and Accelerated JD/MBA Degrees Students and faculty affiliated with Duke Law School and The Fuqua School of Business have many opportunities to collaborate on issues at the intersection of law and business. Students who are particularly ambitious and focused in this area may apply to both the JD and the Duke MBA through a single application that is reviewed by each school separately. Degree Programs