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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 building will be locked to visitors December 23 - January 1.  The schedules below for the spring semester student-guided tours and class visit options will be updated in early January.

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 around 260,000 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.

Plan Your Law School Visit

Meet with a JD 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).

Law School Student-Guided Tours

For the Fall 2019 semester, student-led tours of the law school are given weekdays at 10:00 a.m. when classes are in session. They last 30-45 minutes, so visitors who wish to attend a class beginning at 10:55 should be able to do so. 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 2019, tours will begin on September 2 and conclude on December 5, the last day of classes. Tours will not be offered during Fall Break (October 7-11), or the Thanksgiving Break (November 27-29).

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 2019 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 2019

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:55 a.m. -
12:20 p.m.
Constitutional Law
Prof Joseph Blocher
Room 4055
First-year course
  Constitutional Law
Prof Joseph Blocher
Room 4055
First-year course
Constitutional Law
Prof Joseph Blocher
Room 4055
First-year course
 

10:55 a.m. -
12:20 p.m.

Torts
Prof Doriane Coleman
Room 4045
First-year course
  Torts
Prof Doriane Coleman
Room 4045
First-year course
Torts
Prof Doriane Coleman
Room 4045
First-year course
 
10:55 a.m. -
12:20 p.m.
Torts
Prof Michael Frakes
Room 3043
First-year course
  Torts
Prof Michael Frakes
Room 3043
First-year course
Does not meet Sept 11
Torts
Prof Michael Frakes
Room 3043
First-year course
Does not meet Sept 12
 
10:55 am -
12:20 pm
First Amendment Law
Prof Stuart Benjamin
Room 4047
  First Amendment Law
Prof Stuart Benjamin
Room 4047
   
10:55 a.m. -
12:20 p.m.
  Federal Courts
Prof Neil Siegel
Room 3037
Does not meet Sept 24
  Federal Courts
Prof Neil Siegel
Room 3037
 
10:55 a.m. -
12:20 p.m.
  Patent Law & Policy
Prof. Arti Rai
Room 4000
  Patent Law & Policy
Prof. Arti Rai
Room 4000
 
2:00 p.m. -
3:25 p.m.
Contracts
Prof John Weistart
Room 3037
First-year course
No visitors Aug 26
  Contracts
Prof John Weistart
Room 3037
First-year course
No visitors Aug 28, Sept 4
Contracts
Prof John Weistart
Room 3037
First-year course
No visitors Aug 29, Sept 5
 
2:00 p.m. -
3:25 p.m.
Criminal Law
Prof Benjamin Grunwald
Room 4000
First-year course
  Criminal Law
Prof Benjamin Grunwald
Room 4000
First-year course
Criminal Law
Prof Benjamin Grunwald
Room 4000
First-year course
 
2:00 p.m. -
3:15 p.m.
Evidence
Prof Lisa Kern Griffin
Room 3041
Does not meet Oct 14, Nov 25
  Evidence
Prof Lisa Kern Griffin
Room 3041
Evidence
Prof Lisa Kern Griffin
Room 3041
 
2:00 p.m. -
3:25 p.m.
  International Business Law
Prof Rachel Brewster
Room 4047
Does not meet Sept 24
  International Business Law
Prof Rachel Brewster
Room 4047
Does not meet Sept 26, Nov 7
 
2:00 p.m. -
3:25p.m.
  Labor Law
Prof Daniel Bowling
Room 4045
  Labor Law
Prof Daniel Bowling
Room 4045
 
3:35 p.m. -
5:00 p.m.
Contracts
Prof Paul Haagen
Room 3043
First-year course
  Contracts
Prof Paul Haagen
Room 3043
First-year course
Contracts
Prof Paul Haagen
Room 3043
First-year course
Does not meet Aug 29
 
3:35 p.m. -
5:00 p.m.
Torts
Prof Donald Beskind
Room 4045
First-year course
  Torts
Prof Donald Beskind
Room 4045
First-year course
Does not meet Oct 16
Torts
Prof Donald Beskind
Room 4045
First-year course
Does not meet Oct 17
 

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, classes begin on August 26. Classes do not meet on Labor Day (September 2) or during Fall Break (October 7-11) or the Thanksgiving Break (November 27-29).. The last day of classes is December 5. (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.