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Clinics and Externships

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Clinics and Externships

Duke Law's clinical program, which includes 12 clinical courses and a robust and rigorous externship offering, offers students a carefully structured opportunity to build their own experiential bridge between the classroom and practice. Operating collectively as a public interest law firm in multiple distinct practice areas and housed in its own wing at Duke Law School, the clinical program provides students with challenging opportunities designed to deepen their substantive legal knowledge, strengthen their lawyering skills, and forge distinct professional identities.

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Faculty and Students

As they represent clients from the Durham community and beyond, student-attorneys in Duke Law's clinical program benefit from the close guidance provided by our outstanding clinical faculty. Building on traditions established in the 1930s, when Dean Justin Miller established the first law school clinic in the nation, the clinical program combines the development of skills and knowledge with service to the community in ways that strengthen our students' legal education and prepare them for leadership in the law and beyond.

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Clinical Faculty

Duke's clinical faculty are committed to providing high-quality supervision and innovative teaching. 

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Student Experience

Duke students often describe their clinic experience as the most rewarding work they did in law school.

Student and client

The First Clinic

Duke was the first law school with an in-house legal aid clinic, in 1931, led by pioneering Prof. John S. Bradway. 

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Additional Information

Clinic Enrollment Policy

Clinical and Experiential Learning

Public Interest and Public Service Certificate