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D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy

The Duke D.C. Summer Institute offers short courses taught by Duke Law faculty on topics of broad interest to college and graduate students, as well as professionals working in D.C. Launched in 2013, the Institute is designed for individuals considering law school or careers in the public sector and others interested in how the law shapes policy and regulation in the United States. It's a wonderful complement to Capitol Hill and other D.C.-based positions and summer internships.

Session One: Monday, July 8 - Thursday, July 18, 2019

Session Two: Monday, July 22 - Thursday, August 1, 2019

Enroll now

The Provost has generously made available scholarship funding for current Duke undergraduates to enroll this summer in one-to-three classes in the DC Summer Institute on Law & Policy. You must enroll prior to requesting funding. Please contact Jean Jentilet directly at to make your request. Funding will be available on a first-enrolled, first-served basis.

Please consult with your employer or undergraduate institution for all other funding requests.


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Neil Siegel"Neil Siegel is one of the most celebrated and enlightening teachers of constitutional law.  Judges, lawyers, and students eagerly attend his classes and talks.  This is such an extraordinary opportunity, one I wish I had when I was in college."

-Professor David F. Levi
(Neil Siegel will be teaching "How to Think Like a Laywer" and "From Gun Rights to Gay Rights" during the 2019 DC Institute.) 


Mason Reynolds"Our goal is to provide the students with a window into how lawyers use their training, and what it is like, to ‘practice’ at the highest levels of the federal government— in the legislature, the executive branch, and the judiciary."

Professor David F. Levi will be teaching "Lawyers Branching Out" during the 2019 DC Institute. 

Contact us

Neil Siegel

Director of the D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy

Duke University School of Law
Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708-0362
Telephone:  919.613.7157
Fax: 919.613.7158