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The Duke Law externship program provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to spend a semester in the United States or abroad in placements at highly competitive human rights institutions. The externship program enables students to receive academic credit for gaining legal experience, beyond that available in the classroom setting, by working under the supervision of a licensed attorney in a governmental or non-profit setting. Externships can be local (e.g., the ACLU Capital Punishment Project), through the Duke in D.C. Program (e.g., the World Bank, Department of State, Inter-American Foundation, Court of International Trade, or Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe), or international. In recent years, students have participated in high-level human rights placements at institutions such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, and The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.


Faculty and staff, including in the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono and Office of International Studies, closely advise and support students to undertake experiential learning opportunities in the human rights field that not only contribute to their professional development, but also stress the value of service.

Duke Law supports law students through:


Menaka Nayar JD/LLM ‘14:

Menaka Nayar JD/LLM '14
An externship with the United Nations

“Duke’s willingness to work with me to facilitate my externship meant that I was able to take advantage of an amazing hands-on opportunity to learn.”