Duke University School of Law

The Duke University School of Law is the law school and a constituent academic unit of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States. One of Duke's 10 schools and colleges, the School of Law was established in 1930. The School features programs in Business, Comparative and International Law, Environmental Law, and Intellectual Property, among others. The School has approximately 640 J.D. students and 75 students in the LL.M. and S.J.D. programs. Admission to Duke Law is highly selective, with fewer than 21% of applicants accepted. In 2006, the incoming class posted a median LSAT score of 168 and a median GPA of 3.78. On average, 95% of students are employed at graduation, with a median salary of $125,000. Over 400 law firms annually offer positions to Duke Law students.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.law.duke.edu/admis
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) admissions@law.duke.edu
Location (Location) Durham, NC
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1904
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 10
Vault Top 25 : 11
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Median LSAT : 169
Median GPA : 3.76
Acceptance Rate : 20%


Duke Law School Admissions

Duke Law School is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 20% of its applicants. Comparatively, Duke is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2018 4963 949 (19.12%) 209 (4.2%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 3.58 3.76 3.85
LSAT 166 169 170

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $51,662 $51,662
Part Time N/A N/A
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: $19,825
Living off-campus: $19,825
Living at home: $19,825

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : N/A
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 02/15
Application Fee : $70

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Duke Law School Community

Duke Law School is considered to have a Highly Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Duke is Below Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 62
  • Part Time : 53

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 21
  • # Minority Faculty : 11

RATIO

9.1 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : No
  • Graduate Housing : No
  • Law Specific Housing : No

Duke Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Duke University 1L section size is 5% larger than law schools in North Carolina and 16% smaller than all Private law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Duke Law School: 58
North Carolina Average: 55
Private School Average: 67
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 839
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 141
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 68
  • Law Journals : 379
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 86

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 2.8%
  • Second Year : 2.0%
  • Third Year : 0.5%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

Duke Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Duke University class of 2013 had an employment rate of 96% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2013, 93.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 58.0%
  • Business: 6.0%
  • Government: 6.0%
  • Public Interest: 9.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • New York: 22%
  • District of Columbia: 14%
  • California: 12%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 93.0%
  • First Time Takers: 171
  • Average School: 95.0%
  • Average State: 82.2%
  • Pass Difference: 12.8%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York : 85.0%
  • Passed : 63 of 66 (95.5%)
  • State Average : 82.2%
  • Difference : 10.4%
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