Civil Justice Clinic

Students work directly with clients on civil
matters such as housing disputes and
benefit claims.


Civil Justice Clinic

The Civil Justice Clinic represents a unique partnership between Duke Law and Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). Working under the supervision of Clinic Director Charles Holton ’73 and staff attorneys in LANC’s Durham office, students directly represent clients in matters relating to housing, benefits, and protection from domestic violence, among others. Doing so allows them to develop practical litigation skills that are transferable to a wide range of cases and practice areas, while addressing the critical lack of legal representation among low-income North Carolinians.

About Us

The clinic has been a phenomenal experience. The clients are fantastic and couldn’t be more appreciative – and in many cases a few thousand dollars can make the difference between having a home and being homeless.

Karlee Blank ’15

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For clients

If you have a need for civil legal services in the Durham area, contact Clinic Director Charles Holton at (919) 613-7131 or Supervising Attorney Jesse McCoy at (919) 613-6936 and we will determine whether you meet the clinic’s acceptance criteria.



  • Civil Justice Clinic, 429.01
    This clinic will develop and hone civil litigation skills in the context of working on actual cases in association with the Durham office of Legal Aid of North Carolina. Cases will focus on vindicating the rights of impoverished individuals or groups who cannot otherwise adequately find justice in the civil courts.