About the Institute

Duke Law sticker and the Washington Monument

Constitutional, statutory, and regulatory law provide the legal and policy frameworks for the work that many people are engaged in, particularly those who work in Washington, D.C.  Duke Law’s D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy is designed to address the educational interests and needs of those either currently working in, or considering a career in, regulatory or policy-making fields or the public sector, who seek to better understand and operate within those frameworks.  Individuals considering law school will also benefit from these targeted courses, which provide the opportunity to see firsthand how Duke Law professors teach and engage with students.

Courses will be held in the evenings in July 2015, offering a wonderful complement to Capitol Hill and other DC-based positions.  The 2015 Duke D.C. Summer Institute will highlight hot topics in the national dialogue such as the constitutionality of affirmative action in higher education, state bans on same-sex marriage, national security law, and campaign finance and other election law. The program is open to college juniors and seniors, graduate and professional students, legislative aides, federal agency employees, nongovernmental analysts, journalists, and others.

Why Washington?

As the seat of governmental power in the United States, Washington is the perfect setting for an institute that offers both theoretical and practical insights into how the law affects—and is affected by—every aspect of policymaking at the federal level.  To enhance the classroom experience, the academic program will draw upon the expertise of Duke Law School’s nationally prominent faculty as well as the unique resources available in Washington.


Michael Rosselli "It was everything expected and more. I will definitely recommend to other students thinking about going to law school at my college."

Michael Rosselli,
University of Florida Class of 2016