Duke Law School is an ambitious and innovative institution whose mission is to prepare students for responsible and productive lives in the legal profession by providing a rigorous legal education within a collaborative, supportive, and diverse environment. As a community of scholars, the Law School also provides leadership at the national and international levels in enhancing the understanding of law, and in improving the law and legal institutions through public service, research, and scholarship of the highest caliber, reflecting, where appropriate, contributions from scholars in other disciplines within Duke University.
At Duke Law School, students and faculty experience and contribute to academic rigor in an interdisciplinary environment that supports and values creativity and innovation. Strategic investment in faculty, clinics, interdisciplinary centers, law journals and other student development opportunities, and in technology, as well as support for initiatives and opportunities to serve the public interest, ensure that the Law School remains on the cutting edge of legal scholarship, service, and education. These commitments are memorialized in the Duke Blueprint to LEAD, a set of principles for leadership growth that informs the development of committed, ethical lawyers, well-equipped for the 21st century.
Message from the Dean
"At Duke Law School, we like to follow a set of values that we believe set us apart from other law schools, values that we have come to call 'The Duke Way.' The Duke Way is a combination of intellectual engagement at the highest level, extraordinary collaboration and collegiality, and a commitment to serving the common good. We take scholarship, service, professionalism, and teaching seriously, but we try not to take ourselves too seriously."
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.