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Duke University School of Law
Parent school Duke University
Established 1868
School type Private non-profit
Dean David F. Levi
Location Durham, NC, US
Enrollment 644 (full time)
37 (part time)
Faculty 59 (full time)
58 (part time)
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Bar pass rate 94.2%
LSAT 75th% 171
Median LSAT 170
LSAT 25th% 168
Undergrad. GPA 75th% 3.90
Median Undergrad. GPA 3.80
Undergrad. GPA 25th% 3.68
Annual tuition $47,722
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Duke University School of Law is located in Durham, NC

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 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.

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.

The current Dean of the School of Law is Katharine T. Bartlett, A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law. On July 1, 2007, David F. Levi, currently Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, will assume the deanship.[1]

The School offers joint-degree programs with the Graduate School, the Duke Divinity School, Fuqua School of Business, the Medical School, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. Approximately 25% of students are enrolled in joint-degree programs.

Currently, U.S. News & World Report ranks Duke Law as the 10th most prestigious law school in the United States (2008 ranking).


After intermittent periods of law instruction at Trinity College in Durham, the School of Law was established in 1904. When Trinity College became part of the newly-created Duke University with the establishment of the Duke Endowment in 1924, the School of Law became an integral component.

Among other well-known alumni, President Richard Nixon graduated from the school in 1937.


Duke University School of Law

The Law School is located at the corner of Science Drive and Towerview Road and was constructed in the mid-1960s.

The first addition to the Law School was completed in 1994, and a polished granite facade was added to the rear exterior of the building.

In 2004, Duke Law School broke ground on a building construction project that, once complete, will offer larger and more technologically advanced classrooms, expanded community areas and eating facilities, and more study options.

Law Journals at Duke

Duke Law School publishes eight academic journals or law reviews. They include the Duke Law Journal, Law & Contemporary Problems, the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, the Duke Law & Technology Review, the Alaska Law Review, and the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy. Law & Contemporary Problems is the oldest of Duke's law journals.

The Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy[2] (DJGLP) is the preeminent journal for its subject matter in the world. In January 2007, DJGLP published Makeup, Identity Performance & Discrimination, the largest issue ever published by any journal at Duke Law School. In May 2007, DJGLP published a groundbreaking issue entitled Gender, Sexuality & the Military, the second largest issue ever published by any journal at Duke Law School.

The Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy is the newest law journal at the School, and was founded by members of the Class of 2006. Professors Erwin Chemerinsky and Christopher H. Schroeder serve as the constitutional law journal's faculty advisors, positioning it as one of the most preeminent journals at the school and in the field of constitutional law. Duke publishes the Alaska Law Review in a special agreement with the state of Alaska, which has no law school.

The School provides free online access to all of its academic journals, including the complete text of each journal issue dating back to January 1996 in a fully searchable HTML format and in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). New issues are posted on the web simultaneously with print publication.

In 2005, Duke Law was featured in the June 6th unveiling of the Open Access Law Program, an initiative of Creative Commons, for its work in pioneering open access to legal scholarship.

Notable faculty

Notable alumni

External links

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Duke Law Magazine, Fall 2006
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Duke Law Magazine, Spring 2006

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