Duke University School of Law

Duke University School of Law is one of the best law schools in the US. It was one of the first top-tier law schools to employ writing faculty whose first professional commitment is teaching.

The School offers a range of programs including Juris Doctor (JD), JD/LLM, Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), Master of Laws (LLM) and Dual Degree Programs. Duke's LLM program is normally completed in one academic year, while the SJD program normally takes a minimum of two-to-three years to complete.

Dual Professional Degree Programs offered include JD/MBA (Business Administration & the Law); JD/MD (Medicine & the Law); JD/MEM (Environmental Management & the Law); JD/MTS (Theological Studies & the Law); JD/MPP (Public Policy & the Law).

Law Journals at Duke include Alaska Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems, Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, etc.

Notable alumni include Richard Nixon (37th President of the United States), Jim Courter (former U.S. Representative from New Jersey), Claude Allen (former Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy), etc.


- Ranked 10th among ABA-accredited law schools in the nation (US News & World Report 2010).

- 6th in the Law Specialty: Intellectual Property Law, 5th in Environmental Law (US News 2009).

- 12th in the Vault's ranking of Top 25 Law Schools 2008.

- 9th in the Leiter Law School Rankings by Faculty Quality Based on Scholarly Impact - Mean Per Capita Impact (2005).

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