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?
Classes will be held in the evenings at the Duke in Washington offices at 1201 New York Ave., NW, Suite 1110, near Metro Center. The first session is scheduled for July 7-18; the second is July 21-August 1. Classes will take place on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights, with times to be announced in March 2014. Wednesday nights will be set aside for special programs, including an event with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on July 30.
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 nights, including the event with Justice Ginsberg, 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).
Can I get credit?
Upon successful completion of a course, all participants will receive a certificate endorsed by the Dean and Faculty Director. Current undergraduate or graduate students should petition their home institutions for transfer academic credit.
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 law and related policy areas, legislative and executive branch aides, and professionals working in fields related to government and policy, are all encouraged to enroll in the program.
How do I enroll?
Enrollment will open on March 3, 2014, with placements accepted on a continuing basis until the program is fully subscribed. Please e-mail email@example.com with questions about space remaining in a specific course.