Jennifer D'A. Maher

Associate Dean for International Studies


Jennifer D'Arcy Maher is Associate Dean for International Studies at Duke Law School. Prior to becoming Associate Dean, she taught for many years U.S. Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing for International Students, a required course for LL.M. students from non-English-speaking countries.  She continues to work closely with the faculty members currently teaching it.

Associate Dean Maher has also taught the Summer Institute on Law, Language, and Culture (SILLC) and Introduction to American Law at Duke, as well as lectured on U.S. legal education to international visitors and prospective international law students. She was the on-site administrator of the Duke/Geneva Institute of Transnational Law and the Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law in Hong Kong, and she will join in 2018 the Duke-Leiden Institute in Transnational Law, the most recent iteration of Duke’s four-week comparative and international law summer institute.

Associate Dean Maher holds a Juris Doctor with High Honors from Duke Law School, where she was a member of the Duke Law School Moot Court Board and the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal .  She was elected to the Order of the Coif.  After graduation, she practiced law with the Raleigh, N.C., law firm of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell, and Jernigan before joining the Duke Law faculty in 1987. Associate Dean Maher has served as the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Graduate Programs for Foreign Lawyers and of the North Carolina Bar Association’s International Law and Practice Section.