Acceptance Rate
Accepted Applicants Who Attend

Test Scores

167 - 170


Application Deadlines
February 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions

LSDAS Service Used

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall

Transfer Applicants Accepted

Deferred Admission

Other Admission Factors


LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Students Say

Despite its ranking as one of country’s top law schools, students describe Duke University School of Law as “friendly and uncompetitive as a highly selective law school could be,” praising its “fantastic atmosphere” and “excellent” professors. Students highlight professors who “see as more than our grades and really care about us as individuals,” noting that “graduating without forming strong relationships with professors is the exception here.” The close-knit feeling of the law school—Duke Law enrolls a little over 200 first-years annually—despite Duke’s not insubstantial total student population—roughly 15,000 total—is one of the school’s best features, according to students. Duke Law is “a small school community with the vast resources you would expect from a major research university.” Most students fondly remember dinner, brunches, or even bowling parties with their various professors and “almost all of them have non-stop, open door office hours, and you can go in and talk to them about anything you want.” This goes beyond just clarifying a point from an earlier seminar: “Students are not only welcome to discuss course material with professors, but are encouraged to discuss their broader interests, their careers, and their lives. Professors are always willing to lend a helping hand.” Other students note the lengths that professors, and the Duke administration are willing to go for students: “My career counselor jumped through hoops to help me get a job at a top Washington, DC firm as a 1L.” This willingness to lend a helping hand—or, as one student puts it, “Duke Law values—no talking about grades, no intimidating other students, no bragging”—adds to the collegial, communal atmosphere that “allows students to develop their own path at school and chart their own career choice,” which “wouldn’t be possible without our stellar, diverse faculty.”
Duke Law’s facilities get high marks. They are “extremely modern and able to handle anything from simple seminars to Federal Circuit Court arguments,” and the law school building is “beautiful and comfortable with a lot of space to study, both inside and outside.” Goodson Library has “ample space, is always open, and the seating is very comfortable.” Of particular note to law students perpetually in research mode, the “research assistants in the library are helpful not only throughout the school year but also during the summer when students are working at internships.”
While some students say that “more resources” could be put into the clinical programs at Duke Law and “wish there was a bit more emphasis on practical/experiential learning (especially in the third year),” others say that the “clinics are very well resourced.” The Duke Legal Clinics, which operates collectively as a public interest law firm with ten distinct practice areas, is housed in its own wing of the law school and aims to provide students with opportunities to makes experiential connections between what they learn in the classroom and legal work in the Durham community.

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students

Graduates Employed by Area


Financial Aid Rating
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

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Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment

Average Age at Entry

% International


% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
42% female
58% male

Campus Life

Students Say

“Durham is an incredible place to live. I would live here permanently if it had the caliber of legal jobs that New York had,” says one wistful student. Other students note Duke Law’s “vibrant culture” of extra curricular activities—“it is a small school, but we have SO MANY activities to get involved in because students do like to spend their free time on such pursuits”—and the school’s “general positive vibe.” One student notes, “I feel completely comfortable being ‘out’ at Duke, even though Duke is located in the South;” another echoes that “we have a strong LGBT community.” While other students do see the need to increase the “diversity of the student population and faculty,” others want “emphasize that there is really a space for everyone at Duke Law.” There is a “balance of married students, some with children, and many who went straight through or took less than three years off.” Off campus, “the local food scene and brewery scene is incredible” and “Durham punches above its weight when it comes to food/drink.” For basketball fans, you “have a professional sports team in [your] backyard,” and “season tickets are easy for grad students to get.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access

Admissions Office Contact

William J. Hoye
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs

PO Box 90393
Durham, NC 27708-0393