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Duke University School of Law Established 1868 as Trinity College School of Law, 1924 as Duke University School of Law[1] School type Private Dean David F. Levi Location Durham, North Carolina, USA Enrollment 640 Faculty USNWR ranking 10th-11th Website The Duke University School of Law is the law school and a constituent academic unit of Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States. One of Duke's 10 schools and colleges, the School of Law began as the Trinity College School of Law in 1868. In 1924, following the renaming of Trinity College to Duke University, the school was renamed the Duke University School of Law. The School features programs in Business, Comparative and International Law, Environmental Law, and Intellectual Property, among others. Duke Law is a member of the "T14" law schools, a prestigious group of schools that have consistently ranked within the top 14 law schools since rankings began being published. The School has approximately 640 J.D. students and 75 students in the LL.M. and S.J.D. programs. The class of 2013 posted a median LSAT score of 170 (out of 180 possible points) or 98th percentile and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.80.[2] On average, 95% of students are employed at graduation, with a median salary in the private sector of over $160,000.[3] Over 400 law firms annually offer positions to Duke Law students. Duke Law boasts a number of notable alumni as well, ranging from former President Richard Nixon to New York Times #1 bestseller Tucker Max. Duke Law has the highest New York Bar Exam pass rate of all US law schools. A reported 97% of students that take the exam pass at first sitting. Duke's overall student pass rate (based on two attempts) is 100%. This record is compared with all law schools across the nation, where on average 77% of students pass the New York Bar exam on their first sitting.[4] The current Dean of the School of Law is David F. Levi, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Dean Levi assumed the deanship from outgoing Dean Katharine T. Bartlett on July 1, 2007.[5][6] The School offers joint-degree programs with the Duke University Graduate School, the Duke Divinity School, Fuqua School of Business, the Medical School, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and the Sanford School of Public Policy; and a JD/LLM dual degree program in International and Comparative Law. Approximately 25% of students are enrolled in joint-degree programs. Duke Law is currently ranked 9th in Intellectual Property, 10th in International Law and 11th overall among ABA-accredited law schools in the 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report.[5] Contents 1 History 2 Facilities 3 Law Journals at Duke 4 Notable alumni 5 Notable faculty 5.1 Former faculty 6 References 7 External links History Built in 1929, the Languages Building (as it is currently known) was the home of Duke Law from 1930 to 1962 In 1855 Trinity College, the precursor to Duke University, began offering lectures on Constitutional and International Law (during this time, Trinity was located in Randolph County, North Carolina). In 1865, Trinity's Law Department was officially founded, while 1868 marked the official chartering of the School of Law. After a ten-year hiatus from 1894 to 1904, James B. Duke and Benjamin Newton Duke provided the endowment to reopen the school, with Samuel Fox Mordecai as its senior professor (by this time, Trinity College had relocated to Durham, North Carolina). When Trinity College became part of the newly-created Duke University upon the establishment of the Duke Endowment in 1924, the School of Law continued as the Duke University School of Law. In 1930, the Law School moved from the Carr Building on Duke's East Campus to a new location on the main quad of West Campus. During the three years preceding this move, the size of the law library tripled. Among other well-known alumni, President Richard Nixon graduated from the school in 1937. In 1963, the school moved to its present location on Science Drive in West Campus. Facilities The present location of the Duke University School of Law, on Science Drive The Trinity College School of Law was located in the Carr Building prior to the renaming of Trinity to Duke University in 1924. The Duke University Law School was originally housed in what is now the Languages Building, built in 1929 on Duke's West Campus quad. The Law School is presently located at the corner of Science Drive and Towerview Road and was constructed in the mid-1960s. The first addition to the Law School was completed in 1994, and a dark polished granite façade was added to the rear exterior of the building, enclosing the interior courtyard. In 2004, Duke Law School broke ground on a building construction project officially completed in fall 2008. The renovation and addition offers larger and more technologically advanced classrooms, expanded community areas and eating facilities, known as the Star Commons, improved library facilities, and more study options for students. Law Journals at Duke The Trinity College School of Law was located in the Carr Building prior to the renaming of Trinity to Duke University in 1924 Duke Law School publishes nine academic journals or law reviews, which are, in order of their founding: Law & Contemporary Problems Duke Law Journal Alaska Law Review Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy Duke Law & Technology Review Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy Duke Forum for Law & Social Change Law & Contemporary Problems is Duke Law's oldest law journal, though it was originally faculty-edited until the 1970s. The Duke Law Journal was the first student-edited publication at Duke Law and publishes articles from leading scholars on topics of general legal interest. Duke publishes the Alaska Law Review in a special agreement with the Alaska Bar Association, which has no law school. The Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy (DJGLP) is the preeminent journal for its subject matter in the world. The Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy was founded by members of the Class of 2006—the six members of the inaugural executive board were Sarah Coble, Chris Fulmer, Richard Goldberg, John Lomas, Scott Mikkelsen, and John Plecnik. Professors Erwin Chemerinsky and Christopher H. Schroeder served as the ConLaw journal's inaugural faculty advisors. The Duke Forum for Law & Social Change was founded in 2008 and will feature articles covering a wide range of social issues, from immigration law and policy to poverty initiatives. The Law School provides free online access to all of its academic journals, including the complete text of each journal issue dating back to January 1996 in a fully searchable HTML format and in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). New issues are posted on the web simultaneously with print publication. In 2005, the Law School was featured in the June 6th unveiling of the Open Access Law Program, an initiative of Creative Commons, for its work in pioneering open access to legal scholarship. Notable alumni Richard Nixon, '37 – 37th President of the United States Gerald B. Tjoflat, '57 – Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Gérard Louis-Dreyfus Jim Courter '66 – former U.S. Representative from New Jersey[6] Charlie Rose, '68 Robert M. Hart, '69 – Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Alleghany Corporation, formerly Co-chairman of the Corporate Department of the law firm of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine in New York [7] D. Todd Christofferson, '72 – Apostle, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kenneth Starr, '73 – Solicitor General, Independent Counsel during the Clinton Administration, former Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law, and current President of Baylor University Allyson Kay Duncan, '75 – Judge on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Gary Lynch, '75 Mike Ditka, '77 - Coach of the Chicago Bears Rodney A. Smolla, '78 – President of Furman University David Addington, '81 – Chief of Staff and former legal counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney Cpt. Dan McCarthy, '83 – JAG Chief Prosecutor, United States Navy Wang Shengli, '86 – Fleet Admiral, People's Liberation Army- Navy, China Gao Xiqing, '86 - Vice Chairman, President, and Chief Investment Officer of the China Investment Corporation Michael P. Scharf, '88 – Nobel Peace Prize-nominated[8] Professor of Law and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law Claude Allen, '90 – former Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy Jeffrey Lichtman, '90 – Prominent criminal defense attorney Drew Rosenhaus, '90 Jay Bilas, '92 Don R. Willett, '92 – Texas Supreme Court Justice Michael Elston, '94 – former Chief of Staff & Counselor, Office of the Deputy Attorney General Bobby Sharma, '98 Tucker Max, '01 – Humorist and entrepreneur Sam Seaborn, - Fictional Character on The West Wing Notable faculty Katharine T. Bartlett, immediate past Dean (2000–2007) and A. Kenneth Pye Professor of Law Curtis Bradley, Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy Studies (international law and U.S. foreign relations law) James Boyle, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Law (Intellectual Property and Legal Theory) Paul D. Carrington, former Dean and currently Chadwick Professor of Law (civil procedure and international litigation) James D. Cox, Brainerd Currie Professor of Law (corporate and securities law) Richard A. Danner, Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law Walter E. Dellinger III, Douglas Blount Maggs Professor of Law and Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States (1996–1997) G. Mitu Gulati, Professor of Law (International Debt Transactions and Judicial Behavior) Donald L. Horowitz, James B. Duke Professor of Law (national specialist on ethnic conflict) David L. Lange, Melvin G. Shimm Professor of Law (intellectual property) David F. Levi, Dean and former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (1994–2007) Jerome H. Reichman, Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law Thomas D. Rowe, Jr., Elvin R. Latty Professor of Law (civil procedure and federal courts) (emeritus) Christopher H. Schroeder, Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law (administrative law) Neil S. Siegel, Professor of Law and Political Science Scott Silliman, Professor of the Practice of Law (national security law, military law, and the law of armed conflict) Michael Tigar, Professor of the Practice of Law (criminal law) Ernest A. Young, Alston & Bird Professor of Law (Federal Courts and Constitutional Law) Former faculty William Van Alstyne, former William R. & Thomas S. Perkins Chair of Law (Constitutional Law), 1974–2004; current Lee Professor of Law at William and Mary Law School Erwin Chemerinsky, former Alston & Bird Professor of Law (Constitutional Law), current Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law Brainerd Currie, conflict of laws pioneer (deceased) Robinson O. Everett, Professor of Criminal Law and Former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Military Appeals (deceased) References ^ [1], Timeline of Duke Law. Accessed November 12, 2007. ^ [2] ^ [3] ^ ^ [4] US News 2011 Law School Rankings ^ James Andrew Courter, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 6, 2007. ^ ^ "Michael Scharf '88 nominated for Nobel Peace Prize" Duke Law News & Events External links Official Website Duke University School of Law Duke University Centers AIDS Legal Project The Center for Environmental Solutions The Center for Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy Center for International and Comparative Law Center for the Study of the Public Domain The Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security Children's Education Law Clinic Community Enterprise Clinic Global Capital Markets Center Programs Intellectual Property International Programs Program in Public Law Public Interest and Pro Bono Publications Duke Law Journals Website Law and Contemporary Problems Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy Duke Law Magazine Duke Law Journal Duke Law & Technology Review Alaska Law Review Duke Environmental Law Newsletter The Devil's Advocate (Independent Student Newspaper) v · d · eDuke University Academics Schools and Institutes: Divinity School • Fuqua School of Business • Graduate School • Kenan Institute for Ethics • Nicholas School of the Environment • Pratt School of Engineering • Sanford School of Public Policy • School of Law • School of Medicine • School of Nursing • Trinity College of Arts and Sciences Programs: FOCUS • Robertson Scholars • TIP Athletics ACC • Athletic Director • Blue and White • Cameron Crazies • Cameron Indoor Stadium • Carlyle Cup • Dear Old Duke • Duke blue • Duke-Carolina rivalry • Fight! 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