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Duke University School of Law

Duke University
Towerview and Science Drive, Box 90362 Durham, NC 27708-0362
Admissions Phone: (919) 613-7020
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Admissions Information

Fall 2010 Admissions Information
Director of admissions William Hoye
Application deadline 02/15
Full-time program application fee $70
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in summer
Fall 2008 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics
Total number of full- and part-time applicants 6,069
Total number of full- and part-time acceptances 1,529
Overall acceptance rate 25.2%
Total number of full- and part-time first-year students enrolled 205
Number of full-time program applicants 6,069
Number of full-time program acceptances 1,529
Full-time acceptance rate 25.2%
Number of first-year full-time students enrolled 205
Number of part-time program applicants N/A
Number of part-time program acceptances N/A
Part-time acceptance rate N/A
Number of first-year part-time students enrolled N/A
Fall 2008 GPA and LSAT Scores
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.55-3.85
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 165-170
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for full-time students 3.55-3.85
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for full-time students 165-170
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for part-time students N/A
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for part-time students N/A

Career Information

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2007 administrations)
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
School's bar passage rate for first-time test takers 87.7%
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 76.7%
Class of 2007 Graduates
Total graduates 226
Graduates employed at graduation 97.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 100.0%
Starting Salaries of 2007 Graduates Employed Full-time
25th percentile private sector starting salary $140,000
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 96%
Median public service starting salary $50,000
Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2007)
Percent employed in academia 1.4%
Percent employed in business and industry 4.0%
Percent employed in government 2.7%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 13.5%
Percent employed in law firms 77.1%
Percent employed in public interest 1.3%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%
Percent employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge 11.7%
2007 Graduates Employment Location
Graduates employed in-state 11%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 28
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 3.6%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 27.5%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 3.6%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1.8%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 41.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.9%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 6.3%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 11.3%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.7%
Employment location unknown 0.0%
Career Services
Career services operations: Duke students develop life-long skills to pursue fulfilling careers and adapt to a changing world. Graduates work in large and small cities around the country; hundreds of employers interview at Duke; twice as many employers visit campus as there are 2Ls to interview. Unlimited counseling and a three-year career development plan help students align personal values and professional aspirations.
Job Type
Bar admission required or anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 94.2%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 4.0%
Professional/other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 1.4%
Nonprofessional/other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.4%


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