Sunday, April 29, 2007

Duke Law - EN

The Master of Laws (LLM)

Degree Overview

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 welcome 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 U.S. Legal Analysis, Research and Writing for International Students, all classes are taken with J.D. 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 Institute 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. The 2006-07 LL.M. class has an enrollment of 77 students from 27 countries.

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 J.D. or LL.B. degree. Correspondence course degrees will not be considered for admission to the LL.M. program.

All applications will receive very careful scrutiny. Admissions will be based on the following criteria:

  • the applicant's academic promise as revealed by previous academic performance;
  • references (a minimum of 2) that demonstrate the applicant's scholarly ability and professional qualifications;
  • the applicant's professional plans, goals and special interests as reflected on the Personal Statement and resume; and
  • the applicant's English language proficiency.



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