Program graduates have become founders or members of initial management teams of start-ups.

Duke Law and Entrepreneurship Program graduates have found employment with startups, law firms, in-house counsel at software and biotech firms, venture capital firms, and university licensing offices.

Some graduates have become adjunct faculty in law and business schools.

Still others have founded their own firms.

In order to find a great practicum experience and full employment after graduation, students are provided support from Program Director Erika Buell and student services staff, as well as dedicated staff in the Career Center, whose mission is for every graduate to launch his or her career with the right job - not just any job.

“Attending Duke Law’s LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship Program enabled me to propel my legal career forward over the course of relatively brief period of time.
The program stands out because it offers both a substantive legal education and a “real world” education, and allows students to tailor the program to fit their individual career goals. My goal was to secure an in-house counsel position. Through the Practicum Program I was able to serve as in-house counsel at a Durham based start-up. That opportunity has served me well in my current position as in-house counsel for a Durham based publicly traded company."

– Jean Michel LLMLE'14

Example employers by category:


  • DiscoverReady: Startup centered on creating and implementing the highest-quality, most efficient, and least costly document review processes possible.
  • JAGGAER. Formerly SciQuest. Provides eProcurement solutions for contract management, procurement, and accounts payable professionals to make daily operations efficient through smart automation, and turn the focus on more strategic decisions that impact the bottom line.
  • Valve - Formerly Impulsonic. Acoustic software development startup.

Law Firms

    • Morningstar Law Group: Business law firm that offers a suite of practices, including corporate, securities, employment, real estate, land use, litigation, and intellectual property.
    • Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP:  Full service law firm, including specializations in public securities offering and venture capital financing.
    • Proskauer Rose: Law firm with wide experience in all areas of practice important to businesses, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, taxation, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and labor and employment law.
    • Smith Anderson: Largest business and litigation law firm headquartered in the Research Triangle area and one of the largest in North Carolina.

In-house Counsel

  • Oracle: Cloud applications and platform services
  • Passport Parking & Transit – Mobile platform offers secure, simple solutions for 450 clients in the transportation industry in 5,000+ locations around the world
  • Red Hat: Multinational software company providing open-source software products.
  • ReverbNation: Provides music industry professionals, artists, managers, labels, venues, festivals/events with powerful, easy-to-use technology to promote and prosper online.
  • Square: Financial services, merchant services aggregator, and mobile payment company based
  • Clinipace: A global digital contract research organization (dCRO), serving venture-backed, mid-tier, and strategic pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device firms.
  • IQVIA: Formerly Quintiles. Multinational company serving the combined industries of health information technologies and clinical research
  • Osteogenetics Biomedical. Leader in the dental bone grafting industry
Other Areas

Venture Capital

University Licensing

  • NCSU Office of Technology Transfer: Brings real-world solutions to the marketplace by protecting and promoting University research discoveries and intellectual property, working with and guiding industry partners, and promoting the acceleration of startups.

Law School Faculty


  • in the heart of the Research Triangle, a national hub for innovative business and technology
  • known for interdisciplinary strength, faculty who are leaders in their fields, and ambitious research
  • home to leading programs in intellectual property, environmental law and policy, international law, and business law and management

Alumni Profile Brochure

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