Sarah C. W. Baker
Clinical Professor of Law


Sarah C. W. Baker teaches Legal Analysis, Research and Writing. Before joining the Duke Law faculty in 2011, she practiced law as an associate in the litigation and employment groups at Smith, Anderson, Blount & Dorsett in Raleigh, N.C. She specialized in oral advocacy and legal research and writing, including drafting trial briefs, motions, and appellate briefs, and served as a member of the litigation team in complex commercial cases. She also provided counseling on labor and employment issues to employers. Baker clerked for Judge Allyson K. Duncan of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals after graduating from Duke Law School, with honors, in 2006.

At Duke Law, Baker served as a Note Editor for the Duke Law Journal and as a Hardt Cup coordinator and member of the Moot Court Board. She also organized an ad hoc seminar on gender and the law. She is a member of Duke Law School’s Future Forum.

Baker received her BA in 2001 from the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar. Before entering law school she worked as a regional manager for key accounts for The Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C.

Sarah C. W. Baker portrait

Recent Courses

Legal Writing Faculty
Resident Faculty