Duke Law School Academic Calendar 2023-2024 : Schedule

Duke University School of Law is the law school Academic Calendar 2023-2024 highlights important dates for students and Faculty staff on convocation, Thanksgiving break, add and drop deadlines, exams schedule etc.

Summer Term 2023

JD-LLM-LE Summer Immersion (2L JD-LLM-LE students only)

Monday, May 8 – Friday, June 2Durham, North Carolina

Master’s Program in Judicial Studies (MJS students only)

Monday, May 22First Day of Class
Friday, June 16Last Day of Class

Leiden Summer Institute

Monday, June 19First Day of Class
Friday, July 14Last Day of Class
Monday, July 17 – Weds, July 19Reading and Examination Period

Summer Institute on Law, Language & Culture (International LLM students only)

Tuesday, July 11Orientation
Wednesday, July 12First Day of Classes
Friday, August 4Last Day of Classes

Fall Term 2023

CAREER DEVELOPMENT (Upper Level JD Students)

Tuesday, August 1 – Friday, August 4On-Campus Interviewing (Virtual)

LEAD Week / Orientation (incoming students)

Thursday, August 10 – Friday, August 18International LLM Students
Tuesday, August 15 – Friday, August 181L JD Students
Wednesday, August 16LARW classes begin (times and rooms TBA)
Distinctive Aspects of US Law begins (International LLM Students)
Thursday, August 17LARWINT classes begin (times and rooms TBA)

Regular Semester

Monday, August 211L Classes begin and Upper Level classes begin
Friday, August 25Clinic Intensive Training
Tuesday, August 29Drop Add ends at 11:59 pm
Monday, September 4Labor Day (no classes)
Friday, September 22Designated make-up day
Friday, October 6Designated make-up day
Monday, October 9End of 7th week of classes
Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20Fall Break (1L Writing Week)
Friday, November 17Designated make-up day
Tuesday, November 21* Friday classes meet
Wednesday. Nov. 22 – Friday, Nov. 24Thanksgiving break
Thursday, November 30Last day of Classes
Friday, December 1Reading period begins
Friday, December 1Drop Add ends for Wintersession at 11:59PM
Tuesday, December 5Examination Period Begins
Friday, December 15Examination Period Ends

Wintersession Term 2024

  • Friday, January 5, to Wednesday, January 10, 2024.

Spring Term 2024

Wednesday, January 10LARW Writing Classes Meet (lunch hour)
Thursday, January 11First Day of Classes
Friday, January 12Clinic Intensive Training
Thursday, January 11 – Sunday, January 14Intensive Trial Practice Weekend
Monday, January 15Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes)
Monday, January 22Drop Add period ends at 11:59 pm
Thursday, February 29End of 7th Week of classes
Monday, March 11 – Friday, March 15Spring Break (no classes)
Thursday, April 18Last day of class (Monday classes meet)
Friday, April 19Reading period begins
Tuesday, April 23Examination period begins
Friday, May 3Reading and Examination period ends
Tuesday, May 7Graduating students clearing deadline at Noon
Saturday, May 11Law School Convocation, diploma distribution
Sunday, May 12University Commencement