Frequently Asked Questions

About the Alumni & Development Office

Staying Connected to Duke Law and Classmates

Official Documents and Other Services

Alumni Activities and Volunteer Opportunities

Giving to Duke Law


About the Alumni & Development Office

What services does the Duke Law School Alumni & Development Office provide to alumni?

Where is the Alumni & Development Office located?

The Alumni & Development Office is located on the first floor of the Law School (room 1001). From the parking lot, enter at the bottom of the large staircase leading up to the courtyard. Turn right immediately inside the building. The suite is across from the elevator.

How can I contact a particular staff member?

Visit our Contact the Staff page.

Who is considered a Duke Law alum?

Anyone who attended Duke Law School for two semesters or more.

What if I have a question not answered here?

Contact the Alumni & Development Office at or 1-888-LAW-ALUM.

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Staying Connected to Duke Law and Classmates

How do I update my address?

There are several ways to update your contact information:

  1. Log on to the Duke Alumni Association Directory. This directory allows you to see what information we currently have on file for you. (For directions on how to access the directory, see below).
  2. Visit Update Duke Law to submit your information online.
  3. E-mail your new information to

How can I search for my classmates' contact information (or that of other Duke Law alums)? How can I find out if other alums live in my area?

Use the Duke Alumni Association Directory. You will need to register, creating your own user name and password, if you have not done so previously. Once registered, you will be able to search all Duke alumni, not just Law alums, according to a variety of different search criteria (class year, geographic area, etc.). This directory also allows you to see and update the contact information we currently have on file for you.

I'm trying to register for the Duke Alumni Association Directory but I don't have a social security number. What do I do?

For most people, the "verification code" required to register for the Duke Alumni Association Directory is the last four digits of your social security number plus your last name. If you don't have a social security number, e-mail and we will send you your verification code.

What if I lost my password to the Duke Alumni Association Directory?

Visit Recover Your User ID or Password. Unfortunately, the Alumni & Development Office cannot access your log in information for you.

How can I share news about myself (personal or professional)?

Submit your news and read about your classmates at Class Notes.

How can I receive Duke Law Magazine?

All Duke Law alumni for whom we have a current address on file will receive Duke Law Magazine. (See "How do I update my address?" above).

Does the Law School have a regular electronic newsletter?

Yes. E-News is an opt-in electronic newsletter, containing all the latest news from the Law School. All alumni for whom we have an e-mail address and who have not opted out will receive E-News. If you're not receiving E-News and would like to, contact the Alumni and Development Office to verify the e-mail address we have on file.

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Official Documents and Other Services

How do I obtain a transcript?

Visit the University Registrar's website. There you will find instructions and a link to the Transcript Request Form. There is no charge unless you need expedited mail.

I've lost my diploma. Can I get another one?

To receive a duplicate diploma, contact the University Registrar (919-684-2813 or They will send you a form which you will need to complete and have notarized. There is a $35 charge.

My state bar requires a certification of graduation form. How do I get that filled out?

Send the form along with a request letter to Duke Law's Office of Student Records via mail (Box 90359; Durham, NC 27708), fax (919-613-7285) or e-mail (

Do I qualify for Loan Repayment Assistance?

Certain graduates working for the government or in public service sectors may qualify for loan repayment assistance. Learn more.

Can the Law School help me fulfill my continuing legal education credits?

Duke Law School has teamed up with West LegalEdcenter to offer alumni the chance to earn CLE credit online. Alumni who register with West LegalEdcenter will receive "member" discounts on all Duke Law programs when they add Duke to their selected memberships at registration. Learn more.

What career services are available to alumni?

Visit the Alumni Career Services website for information on the many services and resources available to alumni.

I need legal representation. Can the Law School represent me and/or recommend an attorney?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide recommendations for legal services. The Duke Law Clinical Program provides select services to address specific needs for under served populations. Learn more.

What's the difference between the Duke Law Alumni & Development Office and the Duke Alumni Association?

The Duke Law Alumni & Development Office addresses the needs of Law School alumni. The Duke Alumni Association encompasses all Duke University alumni, regardless of school. As a Law alum, you may utilize the services provided by both.

What services does the Duke Alumni Association provide?

The Duke Alumni Association oversees many resources available to Duke Law alums, including, but not limited to:

  • The online alumni directory
  • Local Duke clubs
  • Career counseling
  • Lifetime e-mail addresses
  • Admission counseling for alumni parents

    Learn more.

How do I get an alumni e-mail address?

Visit the Duke Alumni Association's website. Your alumni e-mail address will end in "" and will forward to an e-mail provider of your choice (yahoo, aol, hotmail, etc.).

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Alumni Activities and Volunteer Opportunities

Are there any Duke Law alumni events happening in my area?

Visit the Events and Photo Galleries page for information on upcoming events.

How do I get invited to alumni events in my area?

As long as we have your current address on file, you will automatically be invited to events in your area. (See "How do I update my address?" above).

When is my next class reunion?

Duke Law School hosts reunions in multiples of five (five-year reunion, 10-year reunion, etc. through to the 55-year reunion) each April in conjunction with Duke University Reunion Weekend. Classes that graduated more than 50 years ago (the "Half-Century Club") are invited back every year. Dates for upcoming years follow (subject to change):

  • April 17-19, 2015: Classes ending in "0" or "5" & the Half-Century Club

How can I volunteer my time to the Law School?

There are numerous ways to volunteer your time for the benefit of the Law School. Learn more.

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Giving to Duke Law

How can I make a monetary gift to the Law School?

Make a Gift Online now, or visit How to Give to learn about other giving methods.

Visit the What You Can Support page to learn more about worthy programs.

What is the Annual Fund? Why is it important?

As the lifeblood of Duke Law School, the Annual Fund provides support each year to the areas of greatest need, including essential scholarship support, academic programs, public interest and international programs, the Law Library, and conferences and symposia.

The Annual Fund is particularly important to Duke because the Law School has a smaller endowment than most of the schools with which it competes for students and faculty. Because of its smaller endowment, Duke Law School relies on Annual Fund dollars to pick up where endowment income and tuition revenue leave off to address the School's most pressing needs. Learn more.

Duke Law is in my will - whom should I inform?

Thank you for thinking of Duke Law! If Duke or Duke Law is in your will, you are a member of the Heritage Society. Please notify Katharine B. Buchanan, Assistant Dean for Alumni & Development, at (919) 613-7217 or

I donated/purchased an item through the PILF Auction. Whom do I contact with questions?

Contact a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation's Board of Directors.

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