Unique Components of the JD/LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship

The JD/LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship integrates a robust business curriculum with practical legal experience, preparing graduates to hit the ground running.

There is no other dual degree of its kind in the United States.

These unique components help prepare students to practice in multiple areas, including transactional, corporate, and litigation, with next generation businesses and startups.


1L Summer Immersion

After their first-year, dual degree students enroll in Entrepreneurship Immersion. The first four weeks involve a course here in Durham, NC. For week five, students venture to a technology hub in the United States. In the past, students have visited Silicon Valley to meet with VCs, law firms with entrepreneurial practices, and Duke alumni at startups like Dropbox, Facebook, Google, and Square. Students also enjoy individual networking opportunities and attending a reception with local Duke Law alumni and faculty.

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Start-Up Ventures Clinic

The Start-Up Ventures Clinic represents entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses and social ventures on a variety of matters related to the start-up process, including formation, founder equity and vesting, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing agreements, commercialization strategies, and other issues that new enterprises face in their start-up phases. Students who enroll in the Start-Up Ventures Clinic and Advanced Start-Up Ventures Clinic courses are able to represent a range of early-stage ventures under the leadership of Director Bryan McGann (LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship, 2015) and Thomas WIlliams.

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Jay PrestonJay Preston, JD/LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship '19

"Working in the Start-Up Ventures Clinic was an extremely valuable part of my education at Duke Law. It was the perfect complement to my more traditional coursework because it provided me the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience with real startups while still in school."

Bryan McGannProf. Bryan McGann, Director of the Start-up Ventures Clinic

“Whether our students are heading into careers representing the entrepreneurial client, or working with venture capital firms or private equity, we work to give all of our students the broadest experiential education possible.”

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Externships & Internships

Students have completed externships and internships for course credit with organizations ranging from startups to law firms and investors, like the Duke Angel Network.

Rose McKinleyRose McKinley JD/LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship ’17

Associate at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto, California

"Through the JD/LLMLE program, I got connected with a health IT company in a Durham-based accelerator. The experience exposed me to interesting legal and business issues that emerging companies face on a practical level, and more importantly, introduced me to many of the really interesting folks in the impressive Triangle entrepreneurial community.”

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Program for Entrepreneurs

The Program for Entrepreneurs (P4E) offers coursework through the Fuqua School of Business in partnership with Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship. P4E helps student entrepreneurs launch new ventures on interdisciplinary teams. Students enroll in team-based courses and gain access to a broad community of practitioners. From opportunity evaluation to strategy development to a business plan, students draw on faculty and business mentors and supporting roles.

JD/LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship students are permitted to take up to three classes outside of Duke Law, with permission from Academic Affairs.

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From the Program Director

"This is the program I wish I could have taken in law school: a robust business law curriculum that prepares students to practice in our fast-changing innovative economy.  

Duke Law offers incredibly rich, challenging and diverse coursework. Students graduate with a strong foundation in IP and Business Law; because of their Silicon Valley experience, they also have a better sense for the context in which deals arise and the different types of practice areas.  With courses in specialties such as Structuring VC and Private Equity and the Blockchain Law & Policy Lab, and hands-on experience in the Startup Ventures Clinic or a Practicum with a local company, Duke Law offers an unparalleled experience for students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship."

— Program Director and Clinical Professor of Law, Erika Buell

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