Professional Development

Providing educational opportunities to Duke students is the cornerstone of our approach. The goal of all student related educational opportunities is to translate our experience and that of seasoned legal professionals into knowledge that can be readily applied by our students and graduates.

Our career guides outline how to identify your interests, seek employment opportunities, and how to present your best self to potential employers. Excerpts from the various career guides can be accessed through the links below or you can download the complete guides, by visiting the Career Center Guides page.

We have also included videos and podcasts of our programs, which cover a wide range of professional development topics. These audio/visual resources are a great supplement to our written materials and can be accessed by visiting the Career Webcasts and Podcasts page.

Presenting Your Best Self: Insight from the Career and Professional Development Center on how to think about your career goals.

Conducting a Thorough Job Search: Lists resources to refer to for job postings and other information about potential employers.

Interviewing: A primer for law students on the different types of interviews one can expect and good advice on preparing for an interview.

Networking: Networking is an important part of any job search. Provides tips on networking generally and how to use social events as networking opportunities.

Creating a Resume: Tips on resume preparation and sample resumes for review.

Creating a Cover Letter: Tips on developing a cover letter and sample cover letters for review.

Communicating with Potential Employers: Provides tips on how to communicate effectively with employers.

Creating a Writing Sample: Outlines the key components of a legal writing sample.

International Information: Each year several Duke students find summer internships in Europe and Asia with private or public employers. Many coordinate this through Duke's summer institutes in Geneva and Hong Kong. Often, these students are in the JD/LLM program or have a second language proficiency. These jobs can be competitive and often result from contacts developed by the International Studies Office, CPDC, or friends of Duke Law School practicing abroad. Watch for programming about these opportunities and make an appointment to meet with the faculty and staff in the International Studies Office. Useful Websites for International Internship Searching.