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Great preparation for a law career

5.0 of 5 stars

March 2016 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Excellent real-world clinic programs, a variety of journal opportunities (if you want one, you can find one that fits you) and fantastic, cutting-edge joint degree programs

Downers

The big downer to Duke used to be that it was located in Durham, North Carolina, but no more -- Durham and surrounding environs is experiencing quite the renaissance, especially in the food arena!

Comments

Top-quality education with good job prospects and a higher-than-average quality of life while in school.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Excellent law school

5.0 of 5 stars

February 2016 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Will provide you with great employment opportunities; does an excellent job preparing attorneys to practice in the real world (as opposed to being a law professor); most grads end up in BigLaw.

Downers

Career counseling leaves a lot to be desired, very little help is provided to people interested in careers outside of BigLaw.

Comments

Durham is a fantastic place to study law - there is enough happening here to never be bored, but it's still a small / quaint town that allows you to really focus on studying.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great Place to Learn and Grow

5.0 of 5 stars

September 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

1. Despite their impressive resumes and busy schedules, professors at Duke are more than willing to take extra time with students (especially 1Ls) in order to ensure that they are grasping the nuances of the material and are adjusting properly to the challenges of law school. Whether it be integrating technology into the classroom, hosting extended office hours, or meeting students outside of the confines of the law school for coffee and a chat, professors' genuine interest in the success of their students seems to stand out even amongst faculty at other peer institutions.

2. The "community" vibe amongst the student body at Duke is one that you don't hear about at other top tier schools. Aside from its Southern roots, a large contributor to the kumbaya feeling is the geographical diversity of the student body. The largest student body draw for L'17 is from California, the largest employer destination is New York, and there are a number of people who come from/go to Texas, DC, Charlotte, Philly and a number of other markets. Duke's lack of a definite home market (only a handful actually stay in RTP or Charlotte) creates an environment where people do not feel like they are competing for the same job. Unlike a Cornell or Georgetown, where a vast majority are competing for limited spots in the same market, Duke's employment process does not feel like a zero sum game. This allows a much greater sense of community and allows for more academic collaboration.

Downers

With the feeling of community and the small class size also comes a certain "highschoool" vibe around the law school. It is definitely the type of place where everyone knows everyone else's business. In a highly insulated and stressful environment like 1L year, this can occasionally manifest as catty gossip.

Comments

The admissions committee at Duke definitely looks to create a student body that not only has excellent grades, but is also comprised of individuals they think are excellent people. Students with alternative paths to law school, blue collar backgrounds, or an entrepreneurial spirit are highly valued. Personal statements, letters of recommendations, and resumes should convey a sense of the value added you will bring to the Duke Law community.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Top Notch Legal Education in a Great Small City

5.0 of 5 stars

June 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

The faculty are phenomenal and generally very accessible given the size of the school. The city of Durham also hits above its weight in terms of cultural amenities - plenty of great food and entertainment without a high cost of living.

Downers

The career services department is somewhat lacking and could do a better job helping students who fall below the median in grades or who don't fit neatly onto the big law or clerkship track. That said, at the end of the day, the school has strong job placement - students may just have to put in some additional legwork to get the results they want.

Comments

Duke's reputation is on the rise and it's done a good job building its academic resources and opening up opportunities for graduates. Combined with the quality of life/cost of living in Durham, that makes it a great option for law school.

Would You Recommend

Yes

5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The classes have been amazing. The Socratic method varies from professor to professor, but none will try to embarrass a student. While it is competitive, it's also a very laid back community of students. No one is tearing pages out of books, and if you miss a class you'll have plenty of offers from people to share notes. As for our faculty, they are amazing. Jim Cox is one of the leaders in the fields of corporate law and securities regulation. He teaches both classes and makes himself available to his students. Joseph Blocher is a young constitutional law professor who will probably be a huge name in the field someday.

Quality of Life

Cost of living in Durham is pretty great. Almost no one lives on campus at the law school, but there are a plethora of affordable housing options in the area. Durham is not the safest city, but it is no more dangerous than some of the big cities in the country, and as long as you keep your eyes open and are smart about it, there's nothing to worry about. The facilities at the law school are fantastic. The library has everything a law student needs and is filled with natural light from floor to ceiling windows. The research librarians all have JDs and are unbelievably good at finding even the most obscure research materials. Duke's campus is open to law students, giving us access to a great gym, many dining options, and, of course, legendary Cameron Indoor Stadium for Duke basketball games.

Admissions

Pretty standard application process for a T-14 school, good scholarship opportunities.

Level

2L

4.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Teaching is generally theory and policy heavy since students will be taking so many different bars. Workload is very heavy on reading and your grade is always just one test per class.

Quality of Life

Campus and Durham are wonderful. Definitely a plus even from someone who never thought they'd want a college campus feel. It's cheap, people at stores and offices are friendly and gracious, and you can get great organic food! It's never too crowded anywhere and it's never stressful except inside the law school walls.

Admissions

There is an optional essay about why you chose Duke and I think it's worth doing, especially if you want scholarships. They are quite generous with grants, I got offered $20,000/year without any minimum GPA requirement.

Level

1L

4.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Quality of Life

Quality of life at Duke is amazing. THe weather is gorgeous, the people are friendly and the Durham community is young, energetic and vibrant. There is a great nightlife between Durham and Chapel Hill and the cost of living is extremely low and affordable.

Level

2L

4.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

LSAT, GPA, Personal Statement, Letters of Recommendation. There's also an optional "Why Duke" essay. All applicants should write this, as I think the admissions committee values people who have articulated reasons for wanting to attend Duke.

Level

1L

4.2 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

I suppose a notable thing about Duke Law's application process is the priority track program that gives you an admissions decision within 10 days of application completion, if you qualify for it.

Level

1L

3.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Classes are very good. Professors are highly accessible. I am excited to have smaller classes next year with more opportunities for interaction with faculty. That is my only complaint, some classes were too large.

Quality of Life

Durham is cheap. There's not a hell of a lot to do but enough to keep me busy without being too distracting. Good food and music scenes.

Admissions

Awful

Level

1L