Visit Duke Law

Choosing a law school is a significant decision and visiting is one of the best ways to see if a school is right for you. We encourage you to come and see for yourself what Duke Law School is all about. The Law School is situated on Duke University's picturesque West Campus, on the southwest corner of Science Drive and Towerview Road. For more information on how to navigate around the University, please see the campus map.

See below for information on things to do during your visit, as well as directions and accommodations. For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@law.duke.edu or (919) 613-7020.

Location

Duke is located in Durham, North Carolina, a city with a population of nearly 200,000 and part of the Research Triangle metropolitan area, which includes the University of North Carolina's main campus in Chapel Hill and the state capital in Raleigh. In the center of the region is the Research Triangle Park, an internationally renowned business and research center that is home to many of the world's high-technology industries. The area provides a dynamic, rich community with one of the highest per capita populations of Ph.D. graduates in the world.

Directions and Accommodations  Durham and the Research Triangle

Duke Campus Tours

For information on tours of the entire campus, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at (919) 684-3214.

 

Video Tour

Tour Video 2009

Take a tour through some of the Law School's places to study, learn, and relax. Student guides share advice as they highlight important Law School areas such as the renovated and expanded J. Michael Goodson Law Library, the moot court room, and the Refectory Cafe.

PLAN YOUR LAW SCHOOL VISIT:

Meet With an Admissions Officer

We are happy to meet with visitors and answer questions about Duke Law School and the admissions process. These are informational meetings; they are not part of the admissions process and are not evaluative interviews.  If you would like to meet with an admissions representative, please contact the Office of Admissions in advance of your visit.  Time slots for appointments fill up quickly and we are unable to accommodate same-day appointments or drop-ins.  You may reach us by phone (919-613-7020) or email (admissions@law.duke.edu).  We will check the availability of our staff and respond accordingly. 

Law School Guided Tours

For the Spring 2014 semester, student-led tours of the law school are given weekdays at 11:00 a.m. when classes are in session. Tours depart from the Duke Law Admissions Office, Suite 2023, (919) 613-7020, admissions@law.duke.edu. No appointment is necessary. Please note that there are no guided tours during student holidays, exams, or during the summer. At these times, visitors are always welcome to take a self-guided tour.

For Spring 2014, tours will begin on January 13 and conclude on April 17, the last day of classes. Tours will not be offered on the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday (January 20), during Spring Break (March 10-14) or on March 28.

Law School Self-guided Tours

You may pick up directions for self-guided tour in the Admissions Office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding major holidays. If the Office of Admissions is closed, a copy of the brochure is also available at the third-floor information desk.

Observing a Class

Many visitors want to get a feel for the classroom atmosphere at Duke Law. For the 2014 Spring semester, we suggest visiting the following classes. No prior appointment is necessary. These professors have agreed in advance to welcome visitors to their classes, and ask that you introduce yourself before class and save any questions you may have until after the class has concluded.

Class Visit Options Spring 2014
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:20 - 9:20 am Criminal Law
Prof. Jim Coleman
Room 4047
First-year course
Criminal Law
Prof. Jim Coleman
Room 4047
First-year course
Criminal Law
Prof. Jim Coleman
Room 4047
First-year course
Criminal Law
Prof. Jim Coleman
Room 4047
First-year course
 
9:15 - 10:30 am Federal Courts
Prof. Curtis Bradley
Room 3037
Federal Courts
Prof. Curtis Bradley
Room 3037
  Federal Courts
Prof. Curtis Bradley
Room 3037
 
9:35 - 10:30 am

Business Associations
Prof. Jim Cox
Room 3041

Business Associations
Prof. Jim Cox
Room 3041
Business Associations
Prof. Jim Cox
Room 3041
Business Associations
Prof. Jim Cox
Room 3041
 
1:30 - 2:30 pm Criminal Law
Prof. Sara Beale
Room 3043
First-year course
(Does not meet Mar 31, Apr 7)
Criminal Law
Prof Sara Beale
Room 3043
First-year course
(Does not meet Apr 1, 8)
Criminal Law
Prof Sara Beale
Room 3043
First-year course
(Does not meet Apr 2)
Criminal Law
Prof Sara Beale
Room 3043
First-year course
Criminal Law
Prof Sara Beale
Room 3043
First-year course
(Meets Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 only)

1:30 - 2:50 pm

Torts
Prof. Doriane Coleman
Room 3037
First-year course
  Torts
Prof. Doriane Coleman
Room 3037
First-year course
  Torts
Prof. Doriane Coleman
Room 3037
First-year course
1:30 - 2:50 pm Criminal Procedure
Prof Lisa Kern Griffin
Room 3041
(Does not meet Jan 1, Apr 7)
  Criminal Procedure
Prof Lisa Kern Griffin
Room 3041
   
1:30 - 2:50 pm Comparative Law
Prof. Ralf Michaels
Room 4047
  Comparative Law
Prof. Ralf Michaels
Room 4047
   
1:30 - 2:50 pm   Gender and the Law
Prof. Katharine Bartlett
Room 4047
  Gender and the Law
Prof. Katharine Bartlett
Room 4047
 
1:30 -2:50 pm  

Patent Law and Policy
Prof. Arti Rai
Room 4055

 

Patent Law and Policy
Prof. Arti Rai
Room 4055

 

Although this information is complete to the best of our knowledge, please be aware that classes may be cancelled without notice due to faculty illness, etc.

The Fall semester begins on January 9. Classes do not meet on the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday (January 20) or during Spring Break (March 10-14). The last day of classes is April 17, following the Monday class schedule. (See the academic calendar.)

It is possible to visit other classes with the consent of the instructor. For faculty contact information, see the faculty directory.

 

Law School Events

When classes are in session, interesting speakers, panels, and discussions abound at Duke Law. Review the Law School Event Calendar to see what's happening while you'll be here. Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public -- and they may feed you lunch, too.

Recruitment Calendar

While we hope that you will be able to visit the Law School, you may also wish to meet with our admissions staff at a law school fair near you. For more information about these opportunities to learn more about Duke, please see our recruitment calendar.