Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies

Bridging the gap between academia and the bench and bar.

Center for Judicial Studies

The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies administers several distinct programs, all aimed at improving the administration of justice by focusing on the study and exploration of the judicial process. The Center brings together judges, practitioners, teachers, and key government officials to achieve a better understanding of the judiciary and to generate improvements in the administration of justice.

Each program is separately administered and funded. The Master of Judicial Studies program is supported by an endowment created by The Duke Endowment. The Appellate Judicial Education Institute is funded by event registration fees and gifts from sponsors. The Duke Conferences are funded by registration fees. Judicature is funded by subscriptions and sponsorships. EDRM is funding by sponsorships and memberships. For more information on each program, including leadership, events, and program details, please visit each program’s website.


Judicial Education

  • Post-graduate degree program for federal, state, and foreign judges who participate in two four-week sessions of on-campus coursework and produce a thesis over the course of two years.

  • Participants from Bench-Bar Academy event

    The nation’s premier national judicial education conference gathers hundreds of appellate judges, staff attorneys, and practitioners for four days of practical, cutting-edge continuing legal education.

Improving the Administration of Justice

  • Photo from first Master of Judicial Studies class

    Practitioners, scholars, and jurists join forces to study issues and discuss ideas for improving the administration of justice.

  • Judges gavel and scales of justice
    A quarterly journal that explores all aspects of the administration of justice through scholarship and opinion pieces.


  • Creating practical resources to improve e-discovery and information governance.




To do your job better, you have to understand how you do your job. And that's what I've gotten here.”

Magistrate Judge George C. Hanks Jr.,
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, is a member of the inaugural Master of Laws in Judicial Studies class.


The Storied Third Branch

Current issue:

A Mentor to All
"By default, Judge Guy assumed the role of example and mentor to the handful of African-American attorneys who began to filter into the ranks of the Nevada State Bar. But Judge Guy didn’t stop there. He eagerly embraced the mantle of mentor to all whose paths he crossed, including criminal defendants who stood before him for sentencing. ..." writes Judge Johnnie B. Rawlinson, of Judge Addeliar D. ("Dell") Guy III

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