Visit Duke Law

Choosing a law school is a significant decision and visiting is one of the best ways to see if a school is right for you. We encourage you to come and see for yourself what Duke Law School is all about. The Law School is situated on Duke University's picturesque West Campus, on the southwest corner of Science Drive and Towerview Road. For more information on how to navigate around the University, please see the campus map.

See below for information on things to do during your visit, as well as directions and accommodations. For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@law.duke.edu or (919) 613-7020.

Location

Duke is located in Durham, North Carolina, a city with a population of nearly 200,000 and part of the Research Triangle metropolitan area, which includes the University of North Carolina's main campus in Chapel Hill and the state capital in Raleigh. In the center of the region is the Research Triangle Park, an internationally renowned business and research center that is home to many of the world's high-technology industries. The area provides a dynamic, rich community with one of the highest per capita populations of Ph.D. graduates in the world.
 

Directions and Accommodations  Durham and the Research Triangle

Plan your Law School visit

Meet With an Admissions Officer

We are happy to meet with visitors and answer questions about Duke Law School and the admissions process. These are informational meetings; they are not part of the admissions process and are not evaluative interviews.  If you would like to meet with an admissions representative, please contact the Office of Admissions several business days in advance of your visit.  Time slots fill up quickly and we are unable to accommodate same-day or drop-in appointments.  You may reach us by email (admissions@law.duke.edu) or phone (919-613-7020).  We will check the availability of our staff and respond accordingly. 

Law School Student-Guided Tours

For the Spring 2017 semester, student-led tours of the law school are given weekdays at 10:00 a.m. when classes are in session. Tours depart from the Duke Law Admissions Office, Suite 2023, (919) 613-7020, admissions@law.duke.edu. No appointment is necessary. Student-led tours are not available during student holidays, the reading and exam periods, or during the summer.

For Spring 2017, tours will begin on January 9 and conclude on April 17, the last day of upper-level classes. Tours will not be offered on the Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday (January 16), during Spring Break (March 13-17), or on March 24.

Law School Self-Guided Tours

You may pick up directions for the self-guided tour in the Admissions Office, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding major holidays. A copy of the self-guided tour brochure is also available at the third-floor information desk.

Observing a Class

Many visitors want to get a feel for the classroom atmosphere at Duke Law. For the Spring 2017 semester, we suggest visiting the following classes. No prior appointment is necessary. These professors have agreed in advance to welcome visitors to their classes, and ask that you introduce yourself before class and save any questions you may have until after the class has concluded.

Class Visit Options Spring 2017

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
11:00 am -
12:20 pm
Criminal Law
Prof. Jim Coleman
Room 3043
First-year course
  Criminal Law
Prof. Jim Coleman
Room 3043
First-year course
Criminal Law
Prof. Jim Coleman
Room 3043
First-year course
 
11:00 am -
12:15 pm
Business Associations
Prof. Jim Cox
Room 3041
  Business Associations
Prof. Jim Cox
Room 3041
Business Associations
Prof. Jim Cox
Room 3041
 
11:00 am -
12:20 pm
International Law
Prof. Lawrence Helfer
Room 4042
Does not meet 4/3
  International Law
Prof. Lawrence Helfer
Room 4042
   
11:00 am -
12:20 pm
  Criminal Procedure Investigation
Prof. Lisa Kern Griffin
Room 4047
  Criminal Procedure Investigation
Prof. Lisa Kern Griffin
Room 4047
 

11:00 am -
12:20 pm

  Employment Discrimination
Prof. Trina Jones
Room 4042
  Employment Discrimination
Prof. Trina Jones
Room 4042
 
1:45 pm -
3:05 pm
Torts
Prof. Doriane Coleman
Room 3043
2:00 - 3:20 on Mondays
First-year course
  Torts
Prof. Doriane Coleman
Room 3043
First-year course
Torts
Prof. Doriane Coleman
Room 3043
First-year course
 
1:45 pm -
3:05 pm
  Conflict of Laws
Prof. Stephen Sachs
Room 4000
Does not meet 4/4
  Conflict of Laws
Prof. Stephen Sachs
Room 4000
Does not meet 2/16, 4/6
Conflict of Laws
Prof. Stephen Sachs
Room 4000
2/3, 2/24, 3/31 only
3:15 pm -
4:35 pm
Property
Prof. Joseph Blocher
Room 4047
3:30 - 4:50 on Mondays
Does not meet 2/6
First-year course
  Property
Prof. Joseph Blocher
Room 4047
3:30 - 4:50 on Mondays
First-year course
Property
Prof. Joseph Blocher
Room 4047
3:30 - 4:50 on Mondays
First-year course
 

Although this information is complete to the best of our knowledge, please be aware that classes may be cancelled without notice due to faculty illness, etc.

In the Spring semester, classes begin on January 9. Classes do not meet on the Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday (January 16) or during Spring Break (March 13-17). The last day of classes is April 17. (See the academic calendar.)

It is possible to visit other classes with the consent of the instructor. For faculty contact information, see the faculty directory.

 

Law School Events

When classes are in session, interesting speakers, panels, and discussions abound at Duke Law. Review the Law School Event Calendar to see what's happening while you'll be here. Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public -- and they may feed you lunch, too.

Recruitment Calendar

While we hope that you will be able to visit the Law School, you may also wish to meet with our admissions staff at a law school fair near you.  Visit the recruitment calendar