Twenty-two judges begin Master's of Judicial Studies program
In May, Duke Law welcomed its third class of judges to its Master's of Judicial Studies program, which teaches the analytical skills and research approaches necessary for studying judicial institutions and apply those skills to studies of domestic and international judicial institutions, common and emerging legal issues, general judicial practices, and judicial reform efforts. The students, 22 sitting judges representing federal, state, and international courts, bring perspectives from all levels of the judiciary, including domestic relations, family court, complex business, general-trial jurisdiction, intermediate appellate, and supreme court. The program requires four weeks of coursework in two consecutive summers (total of eight weeks on campus), plus the writing of a thesis based on original research. Courses are highly interactive and taught by scholars from the Duke Law faculty as well as from institutions around the country. The faculty for the first four-week session consists of ten Duke Law professors, a federal judge, and a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Many prominent judges, practitioners, and other legal experts are providing additional views and insights as guest speakers.