Diversity at Duke Law

Diversity at Duke Law is more than a statement or a goal: it is part of our educational mission. Duke Law values diversity, in the broadest sense, because the law is a field and profession that must serve and protect all members of society. The educational experience of our students is demonstrably enriched by an exchange of ideas and experiences among students, faculty, staff, and alumni who contribute diverse perspectives. The age, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural backgrounds, educational experience, political perspectives, work experience, and physical ability or disability of each member of our community offer opportunities for us to deepen our understanding of our society and our roles as lawyers, leaders, and public servants.


Community Profiles

  • Gabs Lucero '17
    Lucero JD/MPP ’17 receives NALP Pro Bono Publico Award

    Gabrielle “Gabs” Lucero ’17 has won the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Pro Bono Publico Award for her extensive pro bono work and service.

  • Elizabeth Tobierre '19
    Duke Law welcomes the JD Class of 2019

    222 students representing 119 undergraduate institutions comprise the JD Class of 2019.

  • Miata Eggerly ’18
    Eggerly ’18 helps foster kids avoid identity theft

    Miata Eggerly ’18, with assistance from Duke Law faculty and administators, works to impove law and policy for preventative measures guarding against identify theft.

  • Marcus Benning ’17
    Marcus Benning ’17

    As a Duke undergraduate, Benning, who served both as
  president of the Black Student Alliance and senate president pro-tempore for the Student Government, was instrumental in establishing a new student social housing group focused on black culture. Now, as president of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and as a LEAD fellow, he is helping lead the diversity and inclusion effort at Duke Law.


Director of Diversity Initiatives

Ebony BryantEbony Bryant works with students, student organizations, administrators, and faculty on efforts to enhance inclusivity and diversity at the Law School. She maintains connections with minority alumni to promote opportunities for engagment with Duke Law and facilitates connections that benefit current and prospective students.


Duke Law PreLaw Fellowship

The Duke Law PreLaw Fellowship is a residential fellowship program that introduces talented rising Juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to the many opportunities in legal education through exposure to various areas of law. This rigorous two-week summer course also encourages and prepares students to pursue a legal education by providing law school preparatory resources – introductory law school classes, LSAT preparation, and professional development panels.

Learn more about the PreLaw Fellowship