KiltedKicker wrote:Hey, any Duke students here willing to answer some questions?
Curious if anyone can speak to how southern Raleigh feels as a city, and how southern the law school feels? How diverse is the school in terms of race, political opinion, geographic background, and undergrads represented?
Also, does anyone have experience with the venture related courses? How hard would it be to go into some form of venture capital law in CA from Duke? How entrepreneurial is the school, and how good are the school's entrepreneurship related offerings?
Thanks for the help!
Can't speak to the culture of Raleigh, as none of us ever go there, but Durham is not really "southern" at all, unless you count all of the awesome barbecue restaurants in the area. The city is heavily influenced by Duke and research triangle park, and there are a lot of young professionals and grad students. I will say, though, when I first got here I went to a random local gas station to fill my tires and the owner came out to pump my tires himself and didn't charge me anything. So, of course, southern culture bleeds in a little from the surrounding area, but I think the area is pretty progressive generally. The law school is very diverse in most ways, especially because we have a lot of international LLMs (although I guess there are more liberal students than conservative ones). But, we don't interact with Duke undergrad or really any other grad schools very much so I can't speak to the university overall.
As for venture capital classes--I know Duke offers a venture capital course and has some other related stuff like the start-up venture clinic (but good luck getting in, even as a 3L). This year, the venture capital class was a bit smaller, so mostly 3Ls were able to get in, since they get the first round pick. But corporate/transactional courses are very easy to get in generally, and, regardless of what you end up practicing, there will be a lot of classes that you will want to take. Venture capital is pretty specific, and, unless you have prior experience, I suggest you broaden your horizons a bit. For example, I thought tax would be incredibly boring, but I ended up loving federal tax and ended up taking more advanced tax courses after. The California market question isn't really a question about Duke, because any top school can put you in a position to do that. It comes down to whether you have the grades and the ties to break into the California market and then it'd be a bit of luck, e.g. did you get an offer from a firm that does work in this area and will you be able to get into this group at your firm.