Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies

Bridging the gap between academia and the bench and bar.

Center for Judicial Studies

By bringing together judges, practitioners, teachers, and key government officials, the Center for Judicial Studies fosters an interdisciplinary exploration of the judiciary and case-resolution process to achieve a better understanding of the judiciary and generate law-reform, improving the law.Read more




To do your job better, you have to understand how you do your job. And that's what I've gotten here.”

Magistrate Judge George C. Hanks Jr.,
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, is a member of the inaugural Master of Laws in Judicial Studies class.


The Storied Third Branch

Current issue:

"The Best Judge You Never Heard Of – Joseph H. H. Kaplan:"
"It is no exaggeration to say that the work of Judge Kaplan in managing the Maryland S&L crisis benefitted every citizen in the state, the vast majority of whom never even knew his name.'..." writes Judge Paul W. Grimm, regarding Judge Joseph H. H. Kaplan

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