Duke PreLaw Fellowship Program
June 4 – 30, 2023
The Duke PreLaw Fellowship Program is a four week residential program that aims to introduce talented rising college sophomores and juniors to the study of law and to the legal profession.
We enroll 20 to 30 students per year with the ideal candidate being a strong student who is ready to work hard, engage in coursework, and is interested in the access this program provides toward preparing for a legal education.
Students are targeted from colleges and universities in the Southeast region of the United States with a focus on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. As a leading law school in the South, Duke considers the program a significant opportunity to encourage larger numbers of students in the region to not only consider law school but to be prepared to pursue it successfully. While the program is targeted primarily to first- and second-year students of color, we will also seek to include first-generation college students.
How to Apply
The Duke PreLaw Fellowship Program is open to students who have completed their freshman or sophomore years at four-year colleges and universities, technical colleges and community colleges. Eligible students will have completed between 24 and 60 credits. The program focuses on attracting promising students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession, first generation college students and those from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as students facing other significant barriers to entering the legal profession.
Submit the following items in one PDF document via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name in the subject line. Recommendation letters may be sent by the recommender via email (email@example.com) with your name in the subject line. Please wait until you have all items before submitting your material. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be removed from consideration.
Completed 2023 PreLaw Fellowship Application
Two original short essays (limited to 500 words each)
Essay 1 – Share your interest in studying law and why you believe this program would be beneficial for you.
Essay 2 – Perseverance is one of the keys to success in law school and ultimately life. Discuss a time when you faced an obstacle, setback, or failure. How did it affect you? What lessons did you learn? What was the outcome?
Copy of official undergraduate transcript(s)
Two recommendation letters (at least one should be from a faculty member)
The application must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EASTERN time on Friday, March 3, 2023. We will continue to accept supporting material after the application deadline.
Applications will be reviewed holistically by evaluating each student's academic promise, volunteer and/or work experience, and commitment to the Duke PreLaw Fellowship Program. Finalists will be contacted for an interview via Zoom. Interviews will be conducted by invitation only.
All programming, books, and course packets will be provided free of charge. Attendees will receive a stipend of $1,000 for participating in the program.