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Duke University

Duke University is a private American university located in Durham, North Carolina. The University is divided into two undergraduate and ten graduate schools.

Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a top-rated faculty. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

For many, athletics are a major part of the Duke experience. Competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke's athletic teams have won 119 ACC Championships and eleven national championships, including four by its men's basketball team.

Besides academics, research, and athletics, Duke is also well known for its sizable campus and Gothic architecture, especially the Duke Chapel. There are beautiful forests surrounding parts of the campus despite the fact that the University is close to the city of Durham.

The law school

Duke Law School is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the United States. It is fully integrated into Duke University, one of the top research and academic institutions in the country.

The Law School is located right in the heart of West Campus, across the street from the Fuqua School of Business, and in close proximity to the Medical Campus, Cameron Stadium, the Bryan Center, and Duke Chapel.

Duke Law students have access to the University’s numerous resources, including libraries, research centers, and state-of-the art facilities, as well as the world-class Duke faculty.

Tuition fees

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a first degree in law from an accredited institution outside the United States.

The law degree should be the equivalent of the JD or LLB degree. Correspondence course degrees will not be considered for admission to the LLM program.

The Program

The LLM program at Duke Law School is designed to introduce foreign law graduates to the legal system of the United States and to provide the opportunity to take advanced courses in specialized areas of the law. LLM students are able to make selections from the large number of courses represented in the curriculum.

With the exception of two required courses, Distinctive Aspects of American Law and Legal Analysis, Research and Writing for International Students, all classes are taken with JD students. The number of credits required for the LLM degree is 21, but many students exceed the required number.

Students may also take courses in other parts of the university, like the Fuqua School of Business or the Sanford School of Public Policy. The program of study is normally completed in one academic year, which begins for all new students in late August.

Most LLM students at Duke are professionals with two or more years of experience at well-known law firms. They are also judges, prosecutors, academics, members of government ministries, corporations, or financial institutions. The LLM program usually includes a small number of talented, very recent law graduates as well.

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