Stella A. Boswell

Assistant Dean, Career and Professional Development Center
Director, Office of Public Interest Advising


Stella Boswell directs the Office of Public Interest Advising which provides career counseling, resources, educational programming and networking events for students interested in government and public interest summer positions and careers.  She also aids in the oversight and management of the Career and Professional Development Center as an Assistant Dean.

Stella received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1990.  Following graduation, she was the full-time Director of Advocacy and Professional Training at the Orange/Durham Coalition for Battered Women where in addition to training volunteers, law enforcement and medical professionals, she served as a court advocate.  She then earned her law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.  Following graduation from law school, Stella joined a mid-size civil litigation firm in Durham, working on all aspects of cases through the trial and appellate levels.  When she left her litigation practice in 1999, Stella became the Legal Affairs Counsel for what is now the North Carolina Advocates for Justice; in this role, she ran the amicus curiae program, worked as a lobbyist, and oversaw a statewide high school mock trial program. Stella was a long-time board member and is a Past President of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and is a long-time board member and executive committee member for the NC Legal Education Assistance Foundation, a law school loan repayment organization for public interest attorneys in North Carolina. 

Stella joined the staff of the Career and Professional Development Center as a Career Counselor in 2004.  In 2008, she took over advising government and public interest focused students and in 2013 became the Director of the Office of Public Interest Advising.  Stella works with students pursuing the complete range of government and public interest positions on all levels, from assessment and investigation through applying and interviewing.  She frequently partners with other counselors in the Career Center as many students have government and public interest as a part of their overall plan but not as their only area of interest.  She connects closely with the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono, faculty, and the alumni office, so that students can benefit from the full knowledge and resources available at Duke Law. 

The Office of Public Interest Advising also partners with others in the law school to oversee and administer a variety of programs, including: the Duke Law Summer Funding Program; the Bridge to Practice Program; the summer civil litigation partnership between Legal Aid of North Carolina and Duke Law; and the Stanback Summer Environmental Internship Program administered by the Nicholas School of the Environment.