Career Center services for prospective students

Our mission at Duke Law School is for every graduate to launch his or her career with the right job - not just any job.

The Career & Professional Development Center is committed to getting to know every Duke Law student. Starting with participation in admitted students events and followed by 1L Orientation, the Career Center is integrated into all aspects of the student experience at Duke. All first-year students are strongly encouraged to meet with a counselor during their first few months of school. For some students, one meeting is all they want or need; others meet with a counselor almost weekly throughout their time at Duke. Our office strives to educate students on the wide variety of employment options available to them, both nationally and internationally. Students and alumni find employment with firms, judges, state and federal governments, and public interest employers.

The combined efforts of our Career Center staff, school faculty, alumni, and even your fellow students play an integral part in helping you shape your career path. It is a firmly held belief within Duke Law that the alignment of personal values and professional aspirations create the foundation for a meaningful career. Our aim is for each student to leave Duke Law with professional opportunities that match his or her unique values and goals, and with the skills and tools to capitalize on future opportunities. We structure the pursuit of the "right" job into three broad steps and collaborate with our students to help them execute each step:

  1. Learn about your own strengths and values
    • ENGAGE in the Law School beyond the classroom
    • SERVE the community and learn about yourself
    • RISK trying something new, and develop new skills for the future
  2. Learn about the universe of jobs and careers
    • ASK questions to which you don't know the answer
    • BUILD relationships with professors, classmates & alumni
    • TAKE ADVANTAGE of the opportunities Duke brings to you
  3. Match your strengths and values with a corresponding position in the job world

The experienced staff of attorney-counselors in the Law School's Career Center works hard to keep you abreast of the latest hiring trends and professional standards and NALP guidelines, and conduct one-on-one counseling sessions with every incoming first-year student. We also provide programming throughout the year to help you make informed decisions about both your career path and the lifestyle anticipated by your choice.

We understand that a lot goes into selecting the best law school to fit your needs and hope that you find the information contained on our website helpful. You will find information about employment outcomes including the type of employment where our most recent graduates work, the location of their employment, and what salaries can be expected in particular markets. Visit our information for first-year students that includes how to determine your career path, finding both summer and career employment opportunities, along with  career planning activities and information which you will also receive during your time at Duke Law. Please note that some sections of our site are password protected and available only to current students.

We also welcome the opportunity to talk with you during a personal tour of the Law School. Please contact the Admissions office for tour information and be sure to mention that you would like to speak to someone from the Career Center during your visit.