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 on weekdays during normal business hours to 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 Fall 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 Fall 2017, tours will begin on August 28 and conclude on December 4, the last day of upper-level classes. Tours will not be offered on Labor Day (September 4), during Fall Break (October 9-13), or during the Thanksgving Break (November 22-24).

Law School Self-Guided Tours

If you are unable to plan your visit around the student-guided tour, we also offer self-guided tours year round.  Please stop by the Office of Admissions weekdays during normal business hours to check-in and pick up the self-guided tour brochure.

Observing a Class

Many visitors want to get a feel for the classroom atmosphere at Duke Law. For the Fall 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 Fall 2017

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:55 am -
12:20 pm
Civil Procedure
Prof. Tom Metzloff
Room 4042
First-year course
  Civil Procedure
Prof. Tom Metzloff
Room 4042
First-year course
Civil Procedure
Prof. Tom Metzloff
Room 4042
First-year course
 
10:55 am -
12:20 pm
Civil Procedure
Prof. Stephen Sachs
Room 4045
First-year course
(Does not meet 9/18)
  Civil Procedure
Prof. Stephen Sachs
Room 4045
First-year course
Civil Procedure
Prof. Stephen Sachs
Room 4045
First-year course
(Does not meet 9/21, 10/26, 11/9
)
 
10:55 am -
12:20 pm
Contracts
Prof. Paul Haagen
Room 3037
First-year course
  Contracts
Prof. Paul Haagen
Room 3037
First-year course
Contracts
Prof. Paul Haagen
Room 3037
First-year course
 
10:55 am -
12:20 pm
Comparative Law
Prof. Ralf Michaels
Room 4055
  Comparative Law
Prof. Ralf Michaels
Room 4055
   
10:55 am -
12:20 pm
First Amendment Law
Prof. Stuart Benjamin
Room 4047
  First Amendment Law
Prof. Stuart Benjamin
Room 4047
   

10:55 am -
12:20 pm

 

Administrative Law
Prof. Matthew Adler
Room 4047
  Administrative Law
Prof. Matthew Adler
Room 4047
 
11:00 am -
11:55 am
Election Law
Prof. Guy-Uriel Charles
Room 3000
Election Law
Prof. Guy-Uriel Charles
Room 3000
  Election Law
Prof. Guy-Uriel Charles
Room 3000
 
11:00 am -
12:20 pm
Intellectual Property
Prof. James Boyle
Room 3043
  Intellectual Property
Prof. James Boyle
Room 3043
Intellectual Property
Prof. James Boyle
Room 3043
 
2:00 pm -
3:25 pm
Civil Procedure
Prof. Margaret Lemos
Room 4047
First-year course
  Civil Procedure
Prof. Margaret Lemos
Room 4047
First-year course
Civil Procedure
Prof. Margaret Lemos
Room 4047
First-year course
 
2:00 pm -
3:25 pm
Property
Prof. Jedediah Purdy
Room 3043
First-year course
  Property
Prof. Jedediah Purdy
Room 3043
First-year course
(Does not meet 9/27)
Property
Prof. Jedediah Purdy
Room 3043
First-year course
(Does not meet 9/7)
 
2:00 pm -
3:25 pm
 

Antitrust
Prof. Barak Richman
Room 4000

 

Antitrust
Prof. Barak Richman
Room 4000

 
3:35 pm -
4:35 pm
Criminal Law
Prof. Sara Sun Beale
Room 4045
First-year course
(Does not meet 10/23)
Criminal Law
Prof. Sara Sun Beale
Room 4045
First-year course
(Does not meet 10/24)
Criminal Law
Prof. Sara Sun Beale
Room 4045
First-year course

Criminal Law
Prof. Sara Sun Beale
Room 4045
First-year course
(Does not meet 10/19, 11/16)

 

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 Fall semester, first-year classes classes begin on August 21 and upper-level classes begin on August 23. Classes do not meet on Labor Day (September 4), during Fall Break (October 9-13), or during the Thanksgving Break (November 22-24). The last day of first-year classes is November 30 and the last day of upper-level classes is December 4. (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