Duke PreLaw Fellowship Program
The 2022 Duke PreLaw Fellowship Program will be 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.
2022 PreLaw Fellowship Program June 5 – July 1, 2022
Duke PreLaw Fellowship Program enrolls 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.
The PreLaw Fellowship Program targets students 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 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 by the start of the PreLaw Fellowship Program. 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.
Completed 2022 PreLaw Fellowship Application
Official undergraduate transcript
2 Letters of recommendation (At least 1 should be from a faculty member)
2 Original Short Essays – 2 statements limited to 500 words each
Essay 1 – Please 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?
The application form and all required documentation listed above must be received by Monday, March 14, 2022 by 11:59pm.
Unless otherwise indicated, all required materials, including a copy of the official transcript, should be submitted in the application. Letters of recommendations should be sent by the recommender to email@example.com with the name of the applicant in the subject line. Please avoid completing multiple applications by waiting until you have all items before submitting
Duke University School of Law
Office of Diversity Initiatives
210 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Due to application volumes, applicants will only be notified when the file is complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will be removed from consideration. If you have questions regarding the status of your application or about the program, please contact us at 919-613-7002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be reviewed holistically by evaluating each student's academic promise, volunteer and/or work experience and commitment to the PreLaw Fellowship. The admissions team will carefully review all materials in each applicant’s file.
Finalists will be contacted for an interview. Interviews will be invitation only and conducted via Zoom.
The PreLaw Fellowship program is provided to participants free of charge. You will receive a stipend of $1,000 for your participation in the program
All programming will be provided at no cost to participants. All books or course packets required for classroom work will also be provided free of charge.