What is the Duke Law Blueprint?

ENGAGE Intellectually

  • Choose personally challenging courses and interact thoughtfully with your professors and classmates
  • Recognizing that the Law School is more than simply a place to earn a professional credential
  • Stimulate your mind by participating in a breadth of intellectual activities, such as moot court, journals, outside speaker presentations, and special programs
  • Demonstrate your academic interests within the Law School and across the University through opportunities like ad hoc seminars, symposia, and courses in other schools and departments
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EMBODY integrity

  • Be truthful, candid, and fair, even if your actions go unnoticed; know that acting honorably often requires effort
  • Articulate your personal code of ethics in the context of the rules governing the Law School and the legal profession
  • Use ambiguous situations as an occasion to cultivate sound judgment, and avoid even the appearance of impropriety
  • Transform controversy and conflict at the Law School into opportunities to work constructively with others for the benefit of the community
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LEAD Effectively

  • Assess your own leadership style; work to enhance your strengths and address your limitations
  • Seek or create outlets for leadership in student organizations, community service, pro bono activities, and the classroom
  • Learn from your mistakes and share credit for your successes
  • Sustain organizational success by developing future leaders: learn to communicate, delegate, and motivate
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BUILD Relationships

  • Find a mentor; be a mentor
  • Get to know students, faculty, and staff with diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and points of view
  • Meet and learn from alumni working in the areas of the law and of the world that interest you, and provide similar support for students after you graduate
  • Invest in personal relationships, knowing that they might last a lifetime
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SERVE the Community

  • Volunteer each semester for at least one service activity designed to benefit Durham citizens and the surrounding community
  • Provide at least 50 hours of pro bono activity before you graduate
  • Identify public issues that are important to you, form connections with others involved with these issues, and work to make a difference
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PRACTICE Professionalism

  • Treat everyone with respect, even in the midst of disagreement
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals; be mindful of the appropriate time and place for competition
  • Take pride in your work and responsibility for your actions
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LIVE with a Purpose

  • Be more than your grades
  • Take steps regularly to preserve your physical and emotional well-being; strive for balance in your personal and professional lives while at the Law School and beyond
  • Make deliberate personal and career choices based on your own values, needs, and goals
  • Serve as a positive ambassador for the Law School and the legal profession
  • Choose personally challenging courses and interact thoughtfully with your professors and classmates, recognizing that the Law School is more than simply a place to earn a professional credential
  • Stimulate your mind by participating in a breadth of intellectual activities, such as moot court, journals, outside speaker presentations, and special programs
  • Demonstrate your academic interests within the Law School and across the University through opportunities like ad hoc seminars, symposia, and courses in other schools and departments

 

2012-2013 Benefactors

Diamond Members - $25,000+
Platinum Members - $15,000
Gold Members - $10,000
Silver Members - $5,000
Bronze Members - $2,500

 

2011-2012 Benefactors

Platinum Members - $15,000
Gold Members - $10,000
Silver Members - $5,000
Bronze Members - $2,500
Honorable Mention: The following firms, not listed above, have hosted Law School events during the 2011-2012 acadmic year at locations around the world: Arnold & Porter LLP; Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP; Brown Goldstein Levy; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP; Fowler White Boggs; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Sherin and Lodgen LLP; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Weil & Associés