2019-20 Bulletin of the Duke University School of Law
Financial Information 43 Tuition JD and MLS Candidates For the academic year 2019-2020, entering students in the JD and MLS programs, as well as transfer students, will pay a full year’s tuition of $66,000. JD/LLM students will pay a full year’s tuition of $77,000. Entering students must pay their fall tuition by August 1, 2019. The tuition refund policy is set forth below. Graduate Degree Candidates Students pursuing the LLM degree will pay tuition of $66,000 in 2019-2020 for their single year of instruction. SJD candidates must enroll for two years; tuition for the SJD program for 2019-2020 is set at $66,000. Other Fees Student Health Fee A mandatory student health fee of $834 ($417 per semester) is charged to all Duke University students. All students are required to maintain medical insurance that meets minimum standards set by the university . Absentia Fee Duke Law School students spending one semester or all of their final year of law school at another law school shall be charged an in absentia fee for the semester or semesters “visiting” at another law school. The fee is the greater of (1) 10 percent of Duke Law School tuition or (2) the amount that Duke Law School tuition exceeds the tuition at the “visited” school. The fee shall not exceed two-thirds of Duke Law School tuition. Students visiting at Duke will receive no scholarship assistance from Duke Law School. Law Student Activity Fee Students are charged a $110 fee to support the activities of student organizations and the Duke Bar Association. Graduate Student Activity Fee Students are charged a $38 fee to support the Graduate and Professional Student Council. Graduate Student Services Fee Students are charged a $20 fee to support cocurricular services such as University career services and cultural programming. Recreation Fee Students are charged a $316 fee that provides unlimited access to the on-campus recreation facilities. Academic Transcript Fee The university will charge a one-time academic transcript fee of $40. General Expenses Applicants should be aware that the following general expense estimate was compiled in the spring of 2019, and for future years appropriate revisions may be necessary to reflect inflationary increases. The best estimate of total living costs for a nine-month academic year excluding tuition, fees, and hospital insurance is approximately $19,370 for a single student. Included in the above cost-of-living estimate are current expense levels for lodging, board, books, supplies, local transportation, and personal effects. First-year students are also strongly encouraged to own a computer; the student expense budget may be increased by up to $2,500 for the purchase of a notebook computer. (This budget increase is available only once during a student’s career.) Financial aid awards in most cases cannot be based on proposed budgets in excess of these figures. University Policies for Payment of Accounts Payment of Accounts for Fall and Spring The Office of the Bursar issues invoices for tuition, fees, and other charges approximately four to six weeks prior to the beginning of classes each semester. The total amount due on the invoice is payable by the invoice due date which is normally several weeks prior to the beginning of classes. If full payment is not received by the due date, a late payment will be assessed on the next invoice and certain restrictions as stated below will be applied. Failure to receive an invoice does not warrant exemption from the payment of tuition and fees nor from the penalties and restrictions. Entering first-year students are required to pay tuition, fees, and other charges by August 1, 2019. Students may download the invoice from their DukeHub account. Penalty Charge If the total amount due on an invoice is not received by the invoice due date, a penalty charge will be assessed by the Office of the Bursar.