Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity at Duke Law is more than a statement: It is part of our educational mission. Duke Law values diversity, in the broadest sense, as a valuable goal in itself and because the law is a field and profession that must serve and protect all members of society.
The educational experience of our students is demonstrably enriched by an exchange of ideas and experiences among students, faculty, staff, and alumni who contribute diverse perspectives among other factors and identities. The age, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural backgrounds, educational experience, political perspectives, work experience, and physical ability or disability of each member of our community offer opportunities for us to deepen our understanding of our society and our roles as lawyers, leaders, and public servants.
Every member of our community brings essential talents and unique perspectives that contribute to our culture and to our collective and individual experiences, and every member of our community deserves an environment where they can thrive.
Student Climate Survey
In September 2020, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee conducted a web-based climate survey of all students enrolled at the Law School. A total of 428 students completed the survey, which canvassed the students on diversity broadly.
Our plan to systematically assess the Law School's culture, population, processes, and curriculum and implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to foster a strong, supportive, and anti-racist community.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee was formed under the direction of Dean Abrams to advise, support, and supplement the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives of the Law School. Its membership comprises faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Read how students, faculty, and staff are making Duke Law a welcoming and supportive place for everyone, pursuing equality and justice in our community, and examining and seeking solutions for inequities in the law and legal system.