Forging paths and making connections
Duke's Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program offers networking and experiential learning opportunities
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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 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.
We offer programming to develop your unique first-generation professional narrative and integrate your experiences into effective networking and interviewing.
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)
Our 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.