Participants from the 2018 1GP Kickoff Dinner1GP Federal Circuit Judge Todd Hughes '92 with students at inaugural 1GP eventStudents talking with 1GP Federal Circuit Judge Todd Hughes '92 at inaugural 1GP eventWomen from Duke Law School talking with 1GP Federal Circuit Judge Todd Hughes '92 at inaugural 1GP eventStudents having dinner with 1GP Federal Circuit Judge Todd Hughes '92 at inaugural 1GP event Participants from the 2019 1GP Judges Dinner

First Generation Professionals (1GP)

1GP is an enhancement program for Duke Law School students who are the first in their families to graduate from college.


First Generation Professionals

Our goal is to develop a welcoming community for our members and offer academic, professional, and social support to navigate law school and future careers.

"Most people know that first-generation students have a gap in resources when compared to their classmates. As a first-generation student, I have often felt the divide, so I am excited that 1GP now exists to provide Duke Law first-generation grads the tools needed to effectively build a bridge across that gap."

– Jennifer Thelusma, 1GP Student Advisor

Mentoring illustrationMentoring and Relationships

We connect you in your 1L year with faculty, upper-level students, and alumni mentors to build relationships and develop a network that will continue through law school and beyond.

professional developmentProfessional Development

We offer programming to develop your unique first-generation professional narrative and integrate your experiences into effective networking and interviewing.

ideas illustrationPractical Experiences

We provide opportunities for real-life perspectives from the legal industry, including meeting professionals and judges, and on-site employer visits.




Some of the programs and events for 1GP students may include:

  • Mentor/Mentee Lunches
  • Dinner with a Judge
  • Lunch with the Career Center, Student Affairs, and Academic Advising 
  • Resume Writing and Interviewing Workshop for the Unique 1GP Narrative
  • 1GP Kickoff Dinner
  • Lunch with Professors
  • Professional Etiquette Event in Preparation for Blueprint
  • Law Firm Visit
  • Strategizing Financial Aid and Financial Planning (BLSA-sponsored)

1L 1GP students visting Alston & Bird in Raleigh, NCOur first-year 1GP students, joined by Diamond Zambrano '20 and Darlena Kern Subashi '15, visited the Alston & Bird Raleigh office. Darlena and fellow attorneys gave students a tour of the office and described a 'day in the life' for their various practice areas.


Upcoming Events

  • Mar 4
    Financial Management 101: For Summer and Beyond! 12:30 PMLaw School 3043

    Concerned about managing your finances as a summer associate or at your first job? Wondering about how much you should contribute to your 401K, while paying off student loans? Please join us for a presentation with Adams Chetwood Management Group, who will provide guidance on the nuances of managing your money as a law student and a new lawyer! Sponsored by 1GP and the Business Law Society. For more information, please contact Dani Bembry at

  • Apr 1
    1GP: 2L Summer Success 12:30 PMLaw School 3000

    The "1GP: 2L Summer Success" event will provide guidance and wisdom for 1GP 2Ls preparing for their summer jobs doing firm, government, or public interest work. A panel of students will give advice on how to prepare for and succeed during the 2L summer as a 1GP student. Sponsored by 1GP. For any information, please contact Ryan Arredondo at

Leadership Team

Photo of Jennifer CaplanJennifer Caplan
Assistant Director and Senior Career Counselor

Photo of Lewis HutchinsonLewis Hutchinson, Jr.
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Photo of Julia DiPreteJulia DiPrete
Assistant Director and Director, Professional Development Programming and Advising

Photo of Sara E. EmleySara Emley
Assistant Director and Director of Judicial Clerkships

Photo of Bethan EynonBethan Eynon
Career Counselor, Government and Public Interest

Photo of Ebony BryantEbony Bryant
Director of Diversity Initiatives


Student Co-presidents

  • Diamond Zambrano
  • Ryan Arredondo
  • Zachary Henson



For more information about the program and upcoming events, please email Diamond Zambrano.



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Join the email list and learn about opportunities to connect with fellow 1GP students, mentors, and faculty.

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Thank you to our sponsors


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