Duke Law School is an ambitious, forward-thinking, and innovative institution whose mission is to prepare students for responsible and productive lives in the legal profession. As a community of scholars, the Law School also provides leadership at the national and international levels in efforts to improve the law and legal institutions through teaching, research, and other forms of public service.
At Duke Law School, students and faculty experience academic rigor in an interdisciplinary environment where creativity and innovation rule. Bold, strategic expansions in faculty, clinics, interdisciplinary centers, law journals, public interest opportunities, and high-tech facilities ensure that the Law School stays on the cutting edge of legal scholarship. The Duke Blueprint to LEAD is a powerful set of principles for leadership growth that informs the development of committed, ethical lawyers who are well-equipped for the 21st century.
A Message from the Dean
When the Law School underwent its routine re-accreditation process, the American Bar Association’s site evaluation committee chairman called our student culture the strongest of any law school he had ever seen. The ABA report credited our Blueprint ideals as having created a culture that emphasizes service, collegiality, and excellence. As dean, I have come to call it “The Duke Way”.
Duke University has approximately 13,000 students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. Our students love being a part of this broad, vibrant community, and take advantage of all that it entails, from the pursuit of a dual degree, to joining the Graduate and Professional Student Council to cheering on Coach K and the Blue Devils basketball team.
Located beside the Fuqua School of Business and across the street from the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke Law School's central location facilitates interdisciplinary research and teaching across the campus.
Durham, N.C. — The Bull City
The secret is out: Durham is a great place to live. It's easy to see why — natural beauty, low cost of living, big city amenities, accessibility to the coast and mountains, and great weather for most of the year.