Two-Week Courses

The Duke D.C. Summer Institute on Law and Policy curriculum will focus on topics important to current and aspiring practitioners in fields that require mastery of constitutional, statutory, and regulatory law and policymaking.  Courses will meet in the evenings, at the close of the workday, in Washington, DC.

Classes will be limited in size in order to facilitate interaction between faculty members and students. Registration and tuition will include weekly special events for program participants and written and other course materials.  Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a certificate endorsed by the Dean of Duke Law School, David Levi, and Faculty Director of the Institute, Neil Siegel.

The 2017 program will take place over the weeknights of two, two-week sessions: July 10-20, 2017, and July 24-August 3, 2017; classes will meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, with Wednesday evenings reserved for special programs.  The DC Institute is hosted by premier law firm Jones Day, in its Washington office, which is located in the historic Acacia Building at 51 Louisiana Avenue NW.  Courses will introduce participants to legal reasoning, US constitutional law, with a focus on timely subjects such as the constitutionality of affirmative action programs, current topics in race, elections, and politics, and law and entrepreneurship.

Tuition for a single course is $600; for each additional course, tuition is $400.

Summer 2017 Courses will be announced by Monday, January 30, 2017.


Heather Seeley "This program exceeded my expectations in terms of learning about substantive legal material, as well as giving me an idea of what law school is all about, the many paths I could take with a law degree, and truly what it means to "think like a lawyer.""

Heather Seeley,
Duke University Class of 2016