2017-18 Bulletin of the Duke University School of Law

International Students 99 International Students at Duke Duke Law School warmly welcomes international students from countries throughout the world to all its programs of study. The presence of students from a wide variety of cultures and legal systems greatly enhances the education of all Duke Law School students. Highly qualified foreign university graduates who seek exposure to the American legal system and the legal profession are encouraged to apply to one of the following degree programs. Information about graduate programs for international students at Duke University School of Law and study abroad opportunities is also available online at http://law.duke.edu/international/ . Degree Programs for International Students Juris Doctor (JD) International students with excellent academic qualifications and English proficiency may seek admission to pursue the JD and joint- degree programs. Applicants should recognize that they will enter a program designed for extremely capable professional students who already possess a substantial background in American culture and familiarity with the American educational system. The burdens of a new educational system in a wholly new environment are especially demanding for students who have not previously studied in the United States. International applicants whose first language is not English must present a high score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants who already hold a university-level degree from an English medium institution may, however, inquire about exemption from this requirement. All JD applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Candidates who have earned professional law degrees in countries with a legal system not dissimilar to that found in the United States or who have extraordinary records in their first law degree may be able to receive credit for as much as one-third of the coursework required for the completion of the JD degree. All inquiries about the JD program should be directed to the Duke Law School Office of Admissions, which oversees admissions to this program. For more information, visit http://law.duke.edu/admis/ . Master of Laws in Law and Entrepreneurship (LLM-LE) Outstanding international applicants who hold a JD or LLM from an American law school or are a currently active member of a bar in at least one US jurisdiction may be considered for admission to this program. Please review the information about this degree in the chapte r ”Degree Programs” on page 82 , and the admissions process in the chapter ”Admissions” on page 40 , or contact the admissions office or visit their website at http://law.duke.edu/admis/ for more information. Master of Laws (LLM) The Duke LLM degree program is designed for graduates of law faculties outside of the United States. The LLM program typically enrolls approximately ninety-five students from as many as forty different countries. Participants in the LLM program will include practicing lawyers; judges; academicians; prosecutors; staff members from ministries, banks and corporations; and a small number of outstanding recent law graduates. The LLM degree requires two semesters of study in residence at Duke. Students may elect to take one first-year course, which will bring them into contact with entering American JD students who are facing similar academic challenges for the first time. LLM students will also enroll in a seminar or in an independent study course with a faculty member, the end product of either being the submission of a substantial piece of written work by the student. LLM students as a group undertake a two-credit introduction to American law course. The course is taught by a Duke Law faculty member and provides insight into distinctive aspects of American law. A two-credit legal analysis, research, and writing course is required of LLM students who do not have a strong common law background. The course prepares students for the kinds of writing responsibilities expected of qualified American law practitioners. Additional courses are individually selected by the student with the guidance of a faculty advisor. LLM students participate in classes with JD students and the same grading scale is applied. International students whose first language is not English and who meet other specified criteria, however, may receive extra time on final examinations. Students are expected to complete the degree in one year unless special alternative arrangements are made. All LLM students will receive orientation to the law library and the computer system. LLM students have the opportunity to join almost every extracurricular activity of the Law School. Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) International students who have already earned a degree in American law or in a common law country at the master’s level may apply for admission to the SJD program. Admission is extremely selective, and students should apply only if they have achieved exceptional academic records at both their home and their American institutions. SJD candidates are expected to be able to demonstrate that they have the capacity to conduct original research and to produce a thesis that will be a significant contribution to legal scholarship. Applicants should submit transcripts from all previous academic institutions at which they have studied; references from at least two faculty members very International Students