The clubs and organizations at Duke Law run the gamut, from the Innocence Project to the Off the Record A Capella Group to the Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society. If your particular interests aren’t represented by the many groups listed below, you are welcome and encouraged to start your own. Contact Sarah Battersby, Student Affairs Coordinator, if you are interested in starting a new organization.
The Duke Bar Association (DBA) coordinates the professional, social, and other extracurricular activities of the student body. The DBA serves as both a student government and a professional bar association. It addresses student grievances and serves as a liaison between students, faculty, and the administration. The DBA oversees all of the law school student organizations, publicizes Law School activities, sponsors athletic and social programs, and disburses its dues funds among the school's organizations. Please visit the DBA link below for more details.
- ABA Law Student Division
- Admiralty and Maritime Law Society
- American Civil Liberties Union
- American Constitution Society
- Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
- Asian Law Students Association
- Association for Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Black Graduate and Professional Student Association
- Black Law Students Association
- Business Law Society
- Christian Legal Society
- Coalition Against Gendered Violence
- Court Jesters
- Duke Bar Association
- Duke Education Law and Policy Society
- Duke Environmental Law Society
- Duke JD/MBA Club
- Duke Law Book Club
- Duke Law Democrats
- Duke Law Drama Society
- Duke Litigators
- Federalist Society
- Government and Public Service Society
- Graduate and Professional Student Council
- Haiti Legal Advocacy Project (HLAP)
- Health Law Society
- Hispanic Law Students Association
- Human Rights Law Society
- Immigrant Education Project
- Innocence Project
- Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society
- International Criminal Court Student Network
- International Law Society
- Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project
- J. Reuben Clark Society
- Jewish Law Students Association
- Law & Economics Society
- Law & History Society
- Mock Trial Board
- Moot Court Board
- National Security Law Society
- Off the Record A Capella
- Public Interest Law Foundation
- Refugee Asylum Support Project
- The SJD Association
- South Asian Law Students Association
- Southern Justice Spring Break
- Sports and Entertainment Law Society
- Student Organization for Legal Issues in the Middle East and North Africa (SOLIMENA)
- Texas Club
- Transfer Students Association
- Veterans Disability Assistance Project
- Video Game Law Society
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
- Women Law Students Association
In addition to all of these, there are many Duke-wide organizations that welcome Duke Law students, including the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC), Duke Chorale, the Graduate and Professional Women's Network (GPWN), the Graduate Student Dance Club, and Triangle Girls.
The ABA/LSD allows law students contact with the nation's largest professional association for lawyers, the American Bar Association. Each year the student body elects ABA/LSD representatives who serve as liaisons between students and the ABA. For a small enrollment fee, any law student may join the Law Student Division and receive product discounts, a subscription to the ABA magazine, Student Lawyer, and information about the ABA's programs and publications on specialized areas of the law. The ABA/LSD also promotes various advocacy and essay contests throughout the school year.
The ABA-LSD shall be responsible for furthering the purposes and goals of the American Bar Association (ABA), particularly to promote the full and equal participation in the profession by minorities and women; to represent law students in the ABA and to represent the ABA to law students; to help shape the policies and priorities that affect legal education; and to create a deliberative forum for the exchange and expression of law student views and a voice with which to advocate those views.
- President: Grant Blumberg
Since its founding in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been the nation's guardian of liberty, working in our courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve individual working rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
The Duke Law ACLU seeks to contribute to the academic dialogue of the Duke community by fostering intelligent and meaningful discussion of civil and individual liberties.
- President: Stephen Wager
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law.
ACS aims to revitalize and transform the legal and policy debates occurring in law school classrooms, federal and state courtrooms, legislative hearing rooms and the media. Through student and lawyer chapters all across the country, and programs and projects at both the national and local level, ACS:
- promotes a progressive vision of the Constitution, law and public policy;
- educates lawyers, law students, decision-makers and the public about the historic basis and vitality of such a vision and its importance for the lives of real people;
- strengthens the intellectual underpinnings for progressive law and policy in the United States; and
- continues to build a diverse and dynamic national network.
Duke's ACS Chapter
The Duke Law chapter of ACS has recently hosted a number of exciting events, including visits by 9/11 Commission Member Jamie Gorelick and ACLU President Nadine Strossen, in addition to lunchtime sessions with faculty on constitutional issues ranging from national security to criminal law.
The National Organization
The Duke Law chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is dedicated to providing a forum for education, discussion, and scholarship in the field of animal law for students at the law school. Furthermore, the SALDF is dedicated to helping Duke Law School students explore ways of incorporating the practice of animal law into their legal careers after law school.
- President: David Francazio
The purpose of the Asian Law Students Association is two-fold. First, it provides an organization where the members of the Law School community may explore issues and engage in activities that are of particular benefit and concern to American students of Asian descent, foreign students from Asia, and other students and alumni interested in Asia and law. Second, it can enhance the quality and accessibility of Asian law resources of Duke University. Membership is open to the entire student body.
- President: Peter Bang
The friendships that one develops and the memories that one builds throughout the years in law school should not be forgotten at graduation. The Alumni Committee actively strives to maintain a dialogue among the ALSA alumni to facilitate ongoing interaction with the law school community and to foster new friendships with current students.
The Duke Law Association for Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation (ASEI) promotes entrepreneurial legal leadership in the service of society by:
- Supporting students interested in applying legal expertise to advance positive social change
- Developing social entrepreneurship-related career resources and networking opportunities
- Increasing awareness of social entrepreneurship and innovation at Duke Law
- Collaborating with social entrepreneurship organizations throughout the Duke community
- Facilitating opportunities for student involvement in community projects at the intersection of law and social enterprise
- President, Brianna Strange
The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) is an organization designed to represent all minority graduate and professional students on the Duke University campus. BGPSA’s primary mission is to enhance the Duke experience for our members through community service, social, and academically-based programming events. As an umbrella organization, we welcome students from the following groups: Black & Latino MBA Organization, Black Law Students Association, Black Seminarians Union, Bouchet Society, Hurston-James Society, and Student National Medical Association. Through our academic forums, luncheons, community service initiatives, social events, and recognition ceremony we hope to assist in the development of future minority leadership in the Duke community and in the world at large.
The Black Law Students Association ("BLSA") exists to address the unique needs and concerns of the black law students at Duke University School of Law, and to promote diversity within the Duke Law community and within the legal profession. Through consistent social interaction and programming geared largely towards scholarship, career development, and community assistance, BLSA fosters academic achievement, community involvement, and, ultimately, the development of future black leadership in the legal profession.
- President: Nichole Davis
The Business Law Society promotes social and academic interaction among Duke Law students interested in the various aspects of business, corporate, and financial law. The BLS sponsors social activities, speakers, and symposia that encourage cultural exchange and academic discussion, and generally provides a forum through which members may pursue their interests in developing a career in business law. Our goal is to enhance the legal education of our members and to promote an inter-disciplinary curriculum in business, corporate, and financial law that builds upon the resources of Duke University.
Our goal is to follow Jesus Christ at Duke Law School, learning to serve God and others as future lawyers, scholars, social servants, family members, and friends. We do so through speakers, fellowship, and outreach events. We invite you to join us for our weekly meetings as we explore what it means to be a Christian and a lawyer.
What does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
Our mission is threefold: 1) to raise awareness in the Duke Law community about domestic violence and sexual assault; 2) to foster student advocacy on behalf of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors; and 3) to identify gaps in services available to domestic violence and sexual assault victims in the Triangle area and develop projects to fill those gaps.
- President: Hallie Fisher
The Court Jesters, Duke Law's improv comedy group, aims to create a supportive and creative community of Duke Law students wishing to develop their oratory, improvisational, and interpersonal skills in a comedic and safe setting. Trust and confidence developed through improv can allow students to try new things and grow as people and advocates.
- Artistic Director: Jerry Fang
- President: Josh Fliegel
- Secretary: Mark Horosko
- Treasurer: Lauren Sampson
Duke Bar Association
The Duke Bar Association coordinates the professional, social, and other extracurricular activities of the student body. The association resembles in its composition and purpose both a university student government and a professional bar association. It addresses student grievances and serves as a liaison between students, faculty, and the administration. The association oversees all student organizations, publicizes Law School activities, sponsors athletic and social programs, and disburses its dues funds among the school's organizations.
DBA Executive Board 2013-2014
- President: Ruben Henriquez
The Duke Education Law and Policy Society is an interdisciplinary organization of students and faculty from Duke Law School and the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. The Society promotes dialogue, research, and professional development in the area of education law and policy by (1) creating a community of individuals engaged in education issues; (2) engaging in education-oriented service activities; and (3) sponsoring symposia and lectures from local and national scholars and practitioners, research presentations, and other events for the social and academic enrichment of our members and the broader University community. The Society will address all issues dealing with education, including rural and urban education, higher education, judicial remedies, racial, ethnic, and gender equality, administration-labor relations, and the achievement gap.Officers
Founded in 1988, ELS strives to promote student discussion and awareness of environmental issues. This is achieved by hosting individual speakers and panels to facilitate student discussions, participating in national competitions and conferences, and coordinating social and community service events. Our goals are to enhance legal education through the creation of a vital environmental law program at the Law School and to promote career opportunities in environmental law in both the public and private sectors. Membership is open to all interested students.
- President: Trey Reilly
The mission of the Duke JD/MBA Club is to bring together JD/MBA students to discuss topics of mutual interest, explore career options, and discuss and resolve the unique issues encountered by JD/MBA students during matriculation through the program. Specifically, the Club seeks to:
- Serve as an advocate and organizational voice to both the Fuqua School of Business and Duke Law School for JD/MBA's on curricular and other issues.
- Develop recommendations to the faculty and administrations of both schools for curriculum innovation and improvement.
- Work with admissions offices from both schools to recruit for and expand the dual-degree program at both schools.
The Duke Law Democrats is an organization of law students interested in democratic issues. We promote progressive ideals by participating in the political process, exploring democratic issues in the legal profession, and providing a forum for political discussion.
- Chair: Logan Mohs
To promote awareness of drama in the Duke Law community and allow Duke Law students and faculty the opportunity to participate in minor and major drama productions. Membership in the Duke Law Drama Society is open to all Duke Law students and faculty, and we welcome all levels of experience.
- President: Meghan Nelson
Duke Litigators is an organization for those interested in a litigation career path. In this dynamic growing field we focus on both the skills a litigator would need to be successful, as well as, bringing the real world to Duke Law students. Our mission is to bridge the gap between the Duke Law community and the real world practice of litigation. We aim to achieve this through speaking events, workshops, and social events with practicing litigators.
- President: Chauneice Davis
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
Government and Public Service Society
The GPS Society is a support group for students interested in pursuing a public interest career. We hold social events for like-minded law students, help organize the annual GPS Symposium, and schedule speakers from the public interest field to talk to students.
- President, Matt Diton
The Duke University GPSC advocates for students pursuing advanced degrees in all of the graduate and professional schools, serving as an umbrella organization for local student governments and student groups. GPSC programming aims to foster social cohesiveness and to promote increased interaction across departments and schools. In addition, GPSC oversees election of the Graduate and Professional Young Trustee, appointment to the BOT standing committees, and selection of representatives to many university committees. The General Assembly's bimonthly meetings are open to all. For more information about how to get involved, visit the Website http://gpsc.duke.edu or e-mail email@example.com.
- President, Bill Hunt
We are an advocacy and interest group that focuses on legal, relief, and development issues in Haiti. This past spring we traveled to Port au Prince to film a short advocacy piece for the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti on the forced evictions of internally displaced persons from camps. Our long-term goal is to partner with public interest and pro bono lawyers in Haiti and abroad to apply our legal skills to ongoing legal efforts in Haiti, and work to improve Haitians' access to their rights and legal system.
From bioethics to bioterrorism and everything in between— the Health Law Society is tackling issues at the forefront of American legal and political discourse.
The Health Law Society is an interdisciplinary organization of students and faculty with interests in exploring professional and academic aspects of health care. The Society focuses on the following general areas: curricular expansion and integration, public service and education, and professional development. HLS draws on the surrounding academic community to bring educational events to the law school, and raises awareness of diverse resources available within our membership that can build the understanding of health care law issues within the Law School.
The goal of HLSA is to unite Hispanic law students and to provide a support network to connect students with alumni around the world. The organization was created to aid new students in making the transition into law school, and to encourage prospective Hispanic students to come to Duke. HLSA brings together a variety of individuals to discuss the issues they will face as Hispanic lawyers in the future, such as the responsibilities of a Hispanic lawyer in society, the need for positive role models in Hispanic communities, and the availability of inexpensive/free legal aid. These discussions are usually intermingled with social activities where Hispanic and other law students can experience the richness of Hispanic culture. HLSA is also very active in the university Hispanic group MI GENTE, which sponsors salsa parties and other social events. We endeavor to enhance Duke Law School's environment by sharing the richness of Hispanic culture with the school.
- President: Mariana Estevez
For other organizations and programs highlighting Latin American culture, please see the following websites:
The International Human Rights Law Society works to achieve three major objectives. First, we provide a forum for students interested in human rights to share their ideas and work together to put on events and initiatives. Second, we serve the Law School and the larger Duke community by providing information and discussion about human rights. Lastly, we work to make careers in human rights law a feasible option for more law students by developing connections with human rights organizations and building networks among Duke graduates.
Please contact either of the co-chairs for more information about ways to get involved.
The Immigrant Education Project strives to provide immigrants in the Triangle area a sense of security and control over their lives by educating immigrant teenagers and adults about their legal rights and responsibilities in accordance with immigration law, and informing them of where they can go for low-cost immigration legal help and other services.
- President, Julie Coleman
The Duke Law Innocence Project® is a volunteer student organization that works to exonerate victims of wrongful convictions by investigating claims of actual innocence. After completing a careful review according to set criteria and guidelines, the various student teams present their conclusions to the Project leadership and faculty advisers.
The Duke Law Innocence Project looks at wrongful convictions not only on an individual case-by-case basis, but also engages in policy reforms, and outreach to the community in education. The organization also helps its exonerees in their reintegration to society.
- Student Director: Stephanie Laboy
- Special Projects Director: Erika Kolb
- Case Management Director: Meredith Jewitt
The Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society aims to provide Duke Law students with guidance, information, and opportunities related to all aspects of Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw.
- President: Cody Duncan
The International Law Society promotes social and academic interaction among Duke Law students who are interested in the various aspects of public and private international law. The ILS sponsors social activities, speakers, and symposia that encourage cultural exchange and academic discussion, and generally provides a forum through which members may pursue their interests in developing a career in international law.
- President, Brittany Cassell
The Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project provides legal representation and policy advocacy on behalf of Iraqi refugees. in the Middle East seeking resettlement and those in America who have been resettled. IRAP matches law students with pro bono supervising attorneys to help refugee applicants successfully navigate the rules and processes for resettlement in a safe third country. IRAP offers students the opportunity to do substantive legal work while helping those in dire need.
- Director: Brandon Figg
We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.
The JRCLS represents Latter-day Saint (Mormon) law students at Duke Law, but all are welcome to join with us.
- President: Matthew Lowe
- J. Reuben Clark Law Society- National Site
The Duke Law and Economics Society provides a forum for Duke Law students interested in the academic field of law and economics. We aim to further the Duke Law community experience by exposing students to emerging research in the field and by fostering discussion and thought about the interesting ways in which the fields of law and economics interact.
Law & History Society:
The Mock Trial Board is a student-run organization that seeks to promote the engagement of students in mock trial competitions at both the intra- and inter-scholastic levels. In doing so, we promote the practical development of aspiring lawyers at Duke Law. The Mock Trial Board hosts the intra-scholastic Duke Law Mock Trial Tournament (Twiggs Beskind Cup), and sends teams to compete in inter-scholastic competitions such as the ATLA National Trial Advocacy Tournament, the TYLA National Trial Competition, the Georgetown National White Collar Crime Tournament, and the National Animal Law Closing Argument Competition.
- President: Michael D'Ippolito
The Moot Court Board is composed of second- and third-year law students who are chosen on the basis of their performances in intramural moot court competition. The Board organizes and conducts the Law School's annual Hardt Cup and Dean's Cup intramural competitions, and selects Duke Law's representatives to the Phillip C. Jessup International Law competition. Members of the Board regularly compete in national inter-scholastic moot court competitions.
- President: Elyse Lyons
A non-partisan organization with three chief goals:
- Exploring careers and opportunities in national security law;
- Discussing matters in the field in forums led by professional experts and by fellow students; and
- Promoting the involvement of Duke Law students in national security law, chiefly by facilitating summer internships and building an alumni network of graduates working in the field.
- President: Rachel Mueller
Off the Record, the premier co-ed a cappella group at Duke University School of Law, strives to provide a musical outlet for talented Duke Law students, promote a cheerful school environment with entertaining performances, and embody the ideals of Duke Law beyond the school’s academic excellence. Our members share great pride in our commitment to each other, in every harmony we create, and in the community for which we sing.
OUTlaw's goal is to both educate and become involved with the Law School and surrounding community regarding legal and social issues relevant to Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people, as well as to provide a fun and comfortable social network for LGBT students at Duke.
- President, Ben Shellhorn
The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is a student-run, non-profit organization whose goal is to enable students at the Duke University School of Law to pursue careers in public interest. PILF accomplishes this goal by raising funds and distributing grant money to students who have public interest jobs and who contribute a certain amount of time to PILF's fundraising efforts.
RASP is dedicated to helping refugees and asylum seekers with their legal efforts in the United States. In pursuit of our mission, we offer research assistance on human rights issues and prepare legal memoranda for representatives of asylum seekers. RASP also endeavors to further awareness in the Duke Law community by engaging in education and advocacy, sponsoring speakers on campus, and tracking and organizing political initiatives.
- Chair: Daria Anichkova
South Asian Law Students Association
The SJD Association aims to represent the interests of the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) students and candidates at Duke Law School. We also welcome participation from students who are interested in pursuing careers in academia.
- President: Dian Shah
- Vice-president: Andrew Rens
- Treasurer: WenYu Chia
- Academic & Professional Development: Andrew Rens
- Research & Publication: Ana Santos
- Communication & Alumni Outreach: Xiao Recio-Blanco
- Incoming SJD Representative: Salman Alasiry
The Duke Sports & Entertainment Law Society is an entirely student run organization dedicated to exploring the legal issues and career opportunities available in the area of sports and entertainment law.
By expanding access to sports and entertainment law, our goal is to give interested students the opportunity to pursue this exciting, but also extremely competitive, area of legal practice. The organization is devoted to providing students the necessary resources, guidance, and contacts that will fully prepare them to engage in contemporary legal topics and further pursue these interests in a future professional career. In pursuit of these goals, the society hosts speakers and symposia on hot topics in the field, organizes trips and social events focused on sports and entertainment, and provides academic and professional guidance to students. In addition to hosting events, SELS also partners with organizations such as the Intellectual Property Society, Fuqua's Sports and Entertainment Business Association, and the Duke Law and Technology Review to further expand the possibilities to engage in activities relevant to sports and entertainment.
Student Organization for Legal Issues in the Middle East and North Africa (SOLIMENA)
The Student Organization for Legal Issues in the Middle East and North Africa (SOLIMENA) is dedicated to providing educational, research and professional development opportunities for students with an interest in the region and its peoples. We strive to stimulate dialogue and integrate discussion about the Middle East and North Africa into the law school curriculum and programming. SOLIMENA functions as a forum in which people can feel comfortable expressing all kinds of ideas and viewpoints. We promote the values of openness, tolerance, and respect. SOLIMENA aims to create a network of students, faculty and administrators devoted to analyzing the legal, political, economic and cultural complexities of the region through sustainable initiatives that will make a permanent mark on the law school community.
- President, Robert Ruefenacht
We are a student-run organization that is committed to making the integration to Duke Law an easier process for incoming transfer students. Our efforts benefits both the individual transfer student and the overall Duke Law community. Prospective transfer students benefit from the opportunity to ask current transfer students about their experience at Duke, and about transferring in general. Once they have made the decision to attend, transfer students also benefit from an immediate formal support group upon arrival which allows for quicker integration into the greater Duke Law community. The Transfer Student Association not only helps transfer students become actively involved in the Duke Law community but the Duke Law community also benefits from the assurance that high qualified transfer applicants will continue to enroll at Duke Law School. Additionally, we organize social events that are designed to help transfers and other students integrate and meet one another early in the semester.
- President: Lucas Burbank
Started in 2006 by Duke Law students and veterans Jade Totman and Chris Dodrill, the Veterans Disability Assistance Project helps local veterans receive the benefits they deserve. Students undergo extensive training, meet and screen prospective clients during intake sessions, and prepare initial disabilities claims and appeals under the supervision of volunteer attorneys accredited by the Veterans' Administration. The Project also participates in community veteran events and holds fundraisers for groups that assist injured veterans. This group allows students to both hone their legal skills and help those who have served our country.
The Video Game Law Society is a student-run organization dedicated to exploring the emerging legal issues in the worldwide gaming industry. We also focus on the social and competitive aspects of gaming by creating opportunities for students to connect outside of the classroom
The mission of the Women Law Students Association is to help women thrive in our law school and to ease the transition between the academic and the work environments. WLSA strives to create a community that will raise awareness of women's issues and move toward the betterment of women in the legal profession. We also seek to provide a forum for students to enhance their Duke University School of Law experience.
All law students, male and female, may join WLSA. Additionally, our events are open to the entire Duke community. If you would like more information about WLSA or have suggestions about how we can better achieve our goals, do not hesitate to contact any of our officers.
- President: Haniya Mir