FAQ

Why should I enroll?

The Duke D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy offers a unique opportunity to gain a more detailed and nuanced understanding of the constitutional, statutory, and regulatory frameworks within which much public policy is formulated and implemented in the United States. 

Who should take these courses?

The Institute is particularly designed for recent college graduates and undergraduate students who are considering law school and/or a career in public policy, politics, and related fields, or any other professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge of the legal framework in which they work.  These two-week courses are intended to provide theoretical and practical insights into the intersection of law and policy, while also providing a glimpse of the benefits of a legal education and access to some of Duke Law’s best faculty.

What time commitment is necessary?

Participants are expected to attend and actively engage in each class, and to complete reading and writing assignments.  Faculty for the Institute recognize that most, if not all, participants are also employed in full-time positions outside of the program, and the workload will be appropriately tailored to the time constraints that participants will face.

When and where are the classes?

During each two-week session (July 7-July 17 and July 21-July 31), classes will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, at either 5:45-7:15 p.m. or 7:30-9:00 p.m., with Wednesday evenings reserved for special programs, including an event with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on July 30.  Classes will meet at the Duke in Washington offices at 1201 New York Ave., NW, Suite 1110, near Metro Center.

Is housing provided?

Because the Duke D.C. Summer Institute is designed for those already working in Washington, either for the summer or year-round, participants are expected to have their own housing.

How much does it cost?

Tuition for a single course is $600; for each additional course, tuition is $400.  The special programs on Wednesday evenings, including the event with Justice Ginsburg, and course materials are included at no additional cost. 

Am I guaranteed the class I want?

Space permitting, yes — but enrollment is rolling, so those interested in a specific course are encouraged to register as soon as possible.  Participants will be asked to rank order their course preferences, and we expect nearly all participants to have the opportunity to enroll in their top choice(s). Your space in a specific course is not guaranteed until we have received your tuition payment. 

Can I get credit?

Upon successful completion of a course, all participants will receive a certificate endorsed by the Dean and Faculty Director.  Some undergraduate or graduate students may receive academic credit for completion of this program, and interested students should consult their respective home institutions. 

Who can enroll?

Current undergraduate students (i.e., those who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study), recent college graduates interested in pursuing a career in law or policy, current graduate school students in related policy areas, legislative and executive branch aides, professionals working in fields related to government and policy, and students and professionals from abroad are all encouraged to enroll the program. 

How do I enroll?

Enrollment is open now, with placements accepted on a continuing basis until the program is fully subscribed.  Please e-mail dcinstitute@law.duke.edu with questions about space remaining in a specific course. 

What if my plans change after I enroll?

Your space in a given course is not guaranteed until we receive your tuition payment. All cancellation requests must be received in writing (e-mail is preferred, to dcinstitute@law.duke.edu). Fees will be incurred based on the following timeframes:

  • For a full tuition refund, notice of cancellation must be received by Monday, June 9, 2014, for those enrolled in classes offered in Session One (July 7-17); or by Monday, June 23, 2014, for those enrolled in classes offered in Session Two (July 21-31).
  • A 50% tuition refund will be offered for cancellations received by Monday, June 23, 2014, for Session One classes; or by Monday, July 7, 2014, for Session Two classes.
  • After those dates, no refunds can be made due to significant advance program preparation and enrollment demand.