Applications for the 2013 entering class may be submitted via LSAC
November 12, 2012 (Round I)
January 7, 2013 (Round II)
Early Decision application deadlines
February 15, 2013
Regular Decision application deadline
Orientation for summer-entering students
Summer classes begin
Orientation for fall-entering students
JD Application for Admission, submitted electronically through LSAC. The application must be signed electronically.
$70 non-refundable application processing fee. The fee must be submitted electronically through LSAC.
Resume (use the electronic attachment)
Personal statement and optional essays (use the electronic attachment)
Statement of purpose for master's degree (JD/MA and JD/MS dual-degree applicants only)
Two letters of recommendation submitted electronically through LSAC
LSAC CAS Report
TOEFL (for international applicants only, if applicable)
Optional Essays: You are welcome to supplement your personal statement with either or both of the following optional essays. (If your personal statement addresses either of these subjects, it is not necessary to provide a separate additional essay.) Optional Essay I: You may submit an essay providing additional information about why you have chosen to apply to law school in general and Duke in particular. We are interested in the factors that have prompted your interest in a legal career and the ways in which you think Duke can further that interest. Optional Essay II: You may submit an essay that describes how you will enhance the educational environment of the Law School and contribute to the diversity of the student body. Because we believe that diversity enriches the educational experience of all our students, Duke Law School seeks to admit students from a variety of academic, cultural, social, ethnic, economic, and other backgrounds. In this essay, you may tell us more about your particular life experiences with an emphasis on how the perspectives that you have acquired would contribute to the intellectual community of the Law School.
Early Decision: The Early Decision program is most appropriate for candidates who have concluded that Duke is their first-choice for law school and who do not anticipate the need to compare offers of financial aid in making a decision about where to matriculate. Candidates who apply through the Early Decision program may apply to other law schools, but may not have more than one binding Early Decision application pending simultaneously. If an Early Decision application has already been submitted to another law school, candidates may apply through Duke's Early Decision program only if and when they are released from their binding commitment at the other school. If admitted to Duke Law School, Early Decision candidates will be required to immediately withdraw their applications at other law schools, refrain from submitting new applications, and submit a $500 tuition deposit no later than ten days after the admission notification.
Round I Early Decision candidates must submit the application no later than November 12, 2012. Applications must be complete no later than December 3, 2012. Duke Law School will notify Round I Early Decision candidates about their status no later than December 31, 2012. Round II Early Decision candidates must submit the application no later than January 7, 2013 and be complete no later than January 18, 2013. Duke Law School will notify Round II Early Decision candidates about their status no later than January 31, 2013.
Some Early Decision candidates may be held for review in the regular cycle; candidates who are held for consideration in the regular cycle will no longer be bound by the terms of the Early Decision agreement. Duke Law School reserves the right to provide other law schools with the names of candidates admitted through the binding Early Decision program.
Early Decision candidates must also check the Early Decision Certification checkbox on the application.
c/o 2015 reference threads:
Decision Date Graph 2011-2012 Cycle
Decision Date Graph 2009-2010 Cycle