Clinical Program

Duke Law School has experienced an explosion of clinics, offering a variety of opportunities for students to build an experiential bridge between law school and practice. The new clinic space, which occupies one floor of the Law School, is symbolic of the commitment to and growing depth of Duke's clinical program. Working together in the clinic suite, the real-client clinical courses operate as a public interest law firm, providing students challenging opportunities to deepen their substantive legal knowledge, strengthen their lawyering skills, and build their professional identities.

Whether a clinic student is representing a special-needs child in obtaining an individualized education plan, working with a non-profit to help meet the community's need for affordable housing, or advocating for a wrongly-convicted person, the student is not only enhancing his or her own professional skills, but also providing free legal assistance to at-risk populations.

Duke's Clinical Program is on course to become a national leader in teaching clinical skills. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, Duke Law's clinical faculty is committed to providing high-quality supervision and innovative teaching. Over the course of the semester, clinical faculty members work closely with each individual student to provide mentoring and guidance.

Clinical Faculty

  • James Coleman

    James E. Coleman, Jr.

    John S. Bradway Professor of the Practice of Law; Director, Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility; Co-Director, Wrongful Convictions Clinic
    Phone: 919-613-7057
  • Jamie T. Lau portrait

    Jamie T. Lau

    Lecturing Fellow; Supervising Attorney, Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility
    Phone: 919-613-7764
  • Ryke Longest

    Ryke Longest

    Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Environmental Law and Policy Clinic; Clinical Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy
    Phone: 919-613-7207