Clinics

The Duke Legal Clinics allow students to build an experiential bridge between law school and practice.  Operating collectively as a public interest law firm with nine distinct practice areas and housed in its own wing of the law school, the Duke Legal Clinics provide students challenging opportunities to deepen their substantive legal knowledge, strengthen their lawyering skills, and build their professional identities.

As they represent clients from the Durham community and beyond, clinical students benefit from close guidance from clinical faculty and supervising lawyers. Building on traditions established in the 1930s, when Dean Justin Miller established Duke's first legal clinic (one of the first in the country), the Duke Legal Clinics combine  the development of skills and knowledge with service to the community in ways that strengthen students' legal education and prepare them for leadership in the law and beyond.

Practice areas

  • AIDS Legal Project
    The only law office in North Carolina devoted exclusively to issues important to people with HIV.
  • Appellate Litigation Clinic

    Preparing and presenting appeals in appellate cases filed by parties not represented by counsel.

  • Children's Law Clinic
    One of the few programs in North Carolina with expertise in special education and school discipline law.

 

 

  • Community Enterprise Clinic
    A resource for non-profit organizations and low-wealth entrepreneurs working to improve quality of life in low-wealth communities through community economic development strategies.
  • Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
    The clinic represents nonprofit organizations involved in conflicts related to water quality, air quality, natural resources conservation, and environmental justice.
  • Guantanamo Defense Clinic
    The clinic plays a key role in framing legal challenges to Guantanamo detentions and military commission proceedings.
     

 

 

  • Jayne Huckerby
    International Human Rights Clinic
    Duke Law launched clinic headed by prominent international human rights advocate Jayne Huckerby in spring 2014.
     
  • Wrongful Convictions Clinic
    The clinic investigates plausible claims of innocence made by incarcerated felons.
  • Start-Up Ventures Clinic
    The clinic represents a range of early-stage business and social entrepreneurship ventures on matters related to the startup process.