Clinical Program

Duke Law offers a variety of opportunities for students to build an experiential bridge between law school and practice. Housed together in the clinic suite, the real-client 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 faculty are committed to providing high-quality supervision and innovative teaching. Over the course of the semester, 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

    Associate Clinical Professor of Law; Supervising Attorney, Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility
    Phone: 919-613-7764
  • Nicole Ligon

    Nicole Ligon

    Lecturing Fellow; Clinic Supervising Attorney
    Phone: 919-613-7470
  • 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