JD Academic Advising

Dean Tia Barnes

Dean Tia Barnes
919-613-7264  |  barnes@law.duke.edu
Room 2005, Office of Student Affairs

Tia Barnes, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, offers academic advising to help JD students take full advantage of the broad range of opportunities available at Duke Law. She offers individual student advising, academic support programming, and coordinates with student organizations for advising programs related to their interests. Dean Barnes’s office is located in the Office of Student Affairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Advising Network

There are many resources to advise you in the discovery of – and engagement with – the curricular and co-curricular opportunities at Duke Law School.

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Dean Barnes is prepared to advise you about meeting the graduation requirements, help weigh your curricular and co-curricular choices, and connect you to faculty who help you further your academic interests. She will support you by providing advice on Law School policy and help you find resources to make the most of your time at Duke Law School.

Registrar’s Office

The Registrar’s Office will keep you informed about course registration, final examinations, academic deadlines and other important requirements every semester. For more information, visit the Registration Portal.

LEAD Fellows

Each year, approximately twenty-eight 2Ls and 3Ls volunteer to serve as peer advisors to 1Ls, offering the perspective of someone who was just recently living the first-year experience. LEAD Fellows can share with you how they formed meaningful mentoring relationships with faculty, assist you in navigating 1L year, and help you learn how to distinguish what is merely popular from what is individually meaningful to you.

Clinical and Experiential Learning

The Law School clinics and experiential learning courses provide an excellent forum for sharpening your legal skills, increasing your knowledge of the law, and providing much-needed legal services to actual clients.

Legal Writing

Learning to write like a lawyer is one of the greatest challenges of legal education. The writing faculty support Duke Law students in their writing development, helping them to perfect the skills necessary to produce top-quality legal writing.


Duke Law Students are encouraged to connect with professors whose teaching and area of scholarship align with your academic interests. In addition to teaching courses, professors may also supervise independent study and advise on other co-curricular opportunities.


Bar Exam Deadlines

Do you know which state bar exam you will take? Application information for all jurisdictions is available from the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Learn more about Bar Application Information