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.

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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

  • Sep 5
    1GP Kickoff Lunch 12:30 PMLaw School 4000

    Come join 1GP for our 2019-2020 Kickoff lunch! Students will have a chance to learn more about 1GP, a student group dedicated to providing professional development opportunities and mentorship experiences to students who are the first in their family to graduate from college, graduate, or professional school. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by First Generation Professionals. For more information, please contact Zoey Twyford at

Student Co-presidents

  • Chelsea Carlson
  • Kathy Fernandez
  • Zoey Twyford



For more information about the program and upcoming events, please email Chelsea Carlson .



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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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