Duke Law Family Weekend

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Welcome to Duke Law's Family Weekend 2020!

Please join us February 14-16, 2020 for our annual Duke Law Family Weekend. The Duke Bar Association has planned a weekend of fun events that will give our closest family members a view into our lives as Duke Law students. On Friday, join the Public Interest Law Foundation for the annual PILF Auction & Gala, a can't miss event supporting our public interest students. On Saturday and Sunday, families can enjoy panels, mock classes, and a tour of the Lemur Center. Final times will be posted as they are confirmed. Please contact the Duke Bar Association External Vice President Stephen Shuchart at with any inquiries, and check back here for updates!

Tentative Schedule 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

On Saturday morning, we will showcase life as a Duke Law student with a variety of panels, including a mock class taught by two professors. PILF merchandise will be available for purchase beginning at 9 a.m.

9:00 a.m. Light Breakfast and Coffee in the 3rd Floor Loggia.

9:30 a.m. Student Life Panel, Room 3041

10:30 a.m. Life After Law School Panel, Room 3041

11:30 a.m. Mock Classes, Rooms 3039 and 3043

On Saturday afternoon, join us at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe for a Duke Basketball Watch Party and reception at 4 p.m. Food and drink tickets will be provided!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

On Sunday at 11 a.m., families can enjoy tours of the world's largest collection of lemurs outside Madagascar at the Duke Lemur Center, sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. Spots are limited, so be sure to register early! Families are otherwise encouraged to explore Durham or take a walk in the Duke Gardens.

Rather than a hotel block, we invite visitors to book hotels most convenient for them. Please see a list of recommendations below.

Recommended Hotels

1.Hilton Durham near Duke University

3800 Hillsborough Rd.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 383-8033
5 minutes from both Duke Law and downtown Durham.

2.Durham Marriott City Center

201 Foster St.
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 768-6000
10 minutes from Duke Law, located in the heart of downtown Durham.

3.Double Tree by Hilton - Raleigh / Durham

2515 Meridian Parkway
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 361-4660

Located conveniently near the Raleigh-Durham Airport.  

4.Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club

3001 Cameron Blvd.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 490-0999

Located less than a block from Duke Law, beautiful hotel and golf course on Duke's campus.

Additional Suggestions

Brunch - Quick Stop

Monuts Donuts (Monuts is known for their biscuit and bagel sandwiches, and the donuts are pretty good, too.)

Guglhupf (award-winning; German-inspired artisan bakery serving upscale comfort food featuring local ingredients)

Elmo’s Diner (a twist on the classic greasy-spoon diner experience and a favorite of Duke students)

Parker and Otis (both a restaurant and a gift shop; you are likely to walk out with takeout gourmet foods, cheeses, wine, candy, candles, soap, even a bowtie; good coffee bar)

Rise (competes with Monuts for best donuts in Durham; incredible biscuit sandwiches)

Brunch - Make a Reservation

City Kitchen (CK in Chapel Hill offers “wholesome American fare prepared through simple, time-honored cooking methods such as roasting, braising, preserving and smoking”)

Rue Cler (French continental in downtown Durham; “in the style of a Parisian neighborhood restaurant” – the beignets are a must)

Vin Rouge (French continental on 9th Street; award-winning restaurant with a warm, cozy atmosphere)

Jack Tar and the Colonel’s Daughter (modern diner opened in 2017 with classic brunch options and a vibrant, upscale atmosphere)


Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen (featured on the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise,” SBK is a Chapel Hill institution for almost fifty years; classic North Carolina biscuit sandwiches; drive-thru only restaurant where most patrons eat in the car)

Allen and Sons (the best barbecue in the Triangle, Keith Allen’s spot is revered in North Carolina ‘Que circle; unique East-meets-West Carolina style. A&S has won many awards over the years and attracts a national following… Keith says “I just want to taste the smoke!”... get the barbecue plate, don’t mess with success)

Dame’s Chicken and Waffles (downtown Durham chicken and waffles; come hungry, leave satisfied)

Things to Do - Around Durham

Nasher Art Museum (permanent collection at Duke ranging from ancient to modern art; including changing exhibitions, programs, and scholarly publications)

Sarah P. Duke Gardens (“the crown jewel of Duke University, SPD gardens provides a place where people of all backgrounds come for renewal and inspiration”... no tickets required)

Washington Duke Golf Course (a world class 18-hole course home to the Duke Golf Teams)

Duke Chapel (the iconic image of Duke; the Chapel interior is breathtaking)