About Duke Law

Duke School of LawDuke University School of Law, or Duke Law began in 1868 as the Trinity College School of Law. In 1924, the Trinity College was renamed Duke University, and the law school followed suit. Since then, Duke Law has grown into a prestigious law school with a relatively small size of around 710 total students.

All students enrolled in Duke Law follow the “Duke Law Blueprint,” which places significance on integrity, professionalism, and leadership. Aside from a J.D. program, there are also dual-degree options, like the J.D. /M.B.A. with the Fuqua School of Business, the J.D. /M.D. with Duke Medical School, and the J.D./Master of Environmental Management with the Nicholas School of the Environment. Usually, about 25% of students are enrolled in a joint degree instead of a traditional J.D. degree. Some of the most popular programs are Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, and International Law. Students can get real-life law experience in eight clinics, including the AIDS Legal Project, Appellate Litigation Clinic, Children’s Law Clinic, Community Enterprise Clinic, Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Guantanamo Defense Clinic, International Human Rights Clinic, Wrongful Convictions Clinic, and the Start-Up Ventures Clinic. Students are also required to complete at least 50 pro bono hours before graduation.

Duke University law schoolOne of the most important areas of a Duke student’s education is the exposure to the 10 legal centers and programs. Students can gain experience preventing the wrongful conviction of innocent people in the Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility or support research for genome sciences in the Center for Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy. Because the centers focus on so many diverse topics, students can learn about international and comparative law, judicial studies, public policy, public domain, and global financial markets. Individuals can also participate in the publishing of nine legal journals or join one of over 60 student organizations on campus.

Duke LawIt’s easy for students to find themselves immersed in campus life at Duke. Law students can apply for on-campus housing, but the spaces are often limited. Most law students find off-campus housing in the Durham, North Carolina area. Those who want assurance they will have a rewarding legal education and plenty of opportunities at graduation should make sure they keep Duke Law on their list of possible law schools to target.


Acceptance Rates

Median Student Scores

LSAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

GPA Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Admissions Information

2020 acceptance rate: 22.34%

Number of 2020 applicants: 4,983

Number of 2020 matriculants: 236

LSAT (median): 169

LSAT range (25 to 75 percentile): 167 to 169

GPA (median): 3.80

GPA range (25 to 75 percentile): 3.70 to 3.89

Application Deadlines

Early Decision Round 1 deadline is November 6.
Early Decision Round 2 deadline is January 8.

February 15 is the deadline for regular admission. Decisions are made by the end of April.

Admitted students must start in the fall.

Financial Aid

Total Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Median Grants for Students

Additional Information

Tuition (2020-2021): $66,000

Room, board, and other (2020-2021): $23,219

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $89,219

Students who receive grants: 93%

Median grant amount: $27,000

conditional law school scholarships Conditional Scholarships

Duke Law School does not award scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on law school academic performance other than failure to maintain good academic standing.

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Employment Statistics

Career Placement Results

Transfers Out

Average Bar Passage Differential

Class Size Analysis

Additional Information

Employment Statistics
Employed full-time, long-term, bar passage required: 94.1%
Employed full-time, long-term, JD advantage: 1.4%

Career Placement Results
BigLaw: 56.1%
Federal Clerkships: 14.0%

Net Transfers: +1
Transfers Out: 3

Average Bar Passage Differential (first-time takers): 18.43%

Class Size Analysis
Under 25: 72%
25-49: 20%
50-74: 6%
75-99: 1%
100+: 1%

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This page was last updated in December 2020.