Students in the J. Michael Goodson Law Library at Duke Law

Student Life

Student life at Duke Law is centered on the shared enterprise of becoming lawyers and professionals. Through a variety of programs, the Law School provides support to students as they select courses, seek work and externship opportunities, serve the community, and affiliate with student organizations that will advance their personal and professional goals and create a network of colleagues and friends that will sustain them throughout their careers.



If you’re considering Duke, it means you’re considering several amazing schools. It often comes down to lifestyle, student culture, cost, and other intangibles. When you consider Duke’s beautiful weather, thoughtful and considerate students, engaged faculty, affordable cost-of-living, small class size, and breadth of activities both at school and in the community, why would you go anywhere else?”  

Megan Treseder ’13


Student Organizations

The clubs and organizations at Duke Law run the gamut, from the Innocence Project to the Off the Record A Capella Group to the Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society. If your particular interests aren’t represented by the many groups, you are welcome and encouraged to start your own.

See all student organizations

Public Interest

Whether you aspire to become a public interest lawyer, incorporate pro bono work into your practice, or serve your community in other ways, you will find the resources at Duke to reach your goals. The value of service is core to the profession and central to the Duke Law experience.

Learn about Public Interest


The Duke Law Blueprint

ENGAGE intellectually


  • Interact thoughtfully with your professors and classmates both in and out of class
  • Dig deeply into a subject matter in collaboration with a professor or other students, through advanced seminars and clinics, independent studies, or a capstone project
  • Extend yourself through intellectual activities such as moot court, journals, symposia, and other outside speaker presentations

Ad Hoc Seminars Journals

EMBODY integrity


  • Be truthful, candid, and fair, even if your actions go unnoticed
  • Use ambiguous situations as occasions to cultivate sound judgment and exhibit ethical responsibility
  • Avoid even the appearance of impropriety
The Duke Legal Clinics Public Interest
LEAD effectively


  • Assess your own leadership style, building on its strengths and addressing its limitations
  • Learn from your disappointments, and share credit for your successes
  • Transform controversies at the Law School into opportunities to work constructively with others for the benefit of the community
  • Train others as leaders; plan for your successors
Student Organizations LEAD Fellows
BUILD relationship


  • Find a mentor; be a mentor
  • Seek out and get to know students, faculty, and staff with different backgrounds, nationalities, and points of view
  • Involve yourself in the alumni network, both during school and after graduation
  • Invest in personal relationships, knowing that they might last a lifetime
Duke Bar Association (DBA) Alumni Profiles
SERVE the community


  • Volunteer each semester for at least one service activity that benefits Durham citizens and the surrounding community
  • Provide at least 50 hours of pro bono legal work before you graduate
  • Identify public issues that are important to you, form connections with others involved with these issues, and work to make a difference
Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Public Interest & Pro Bono
PRACTICE professionalism


  • Treat everyone with respect, even in the midst of disagreement
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals; be mindful of the appropriate time and place for competition
  • Take pride in your work and responsibility for your actions
Moot Court ESQ Career Symposium
LIVE with purpose


  • Measure your success by more than your grades
  • Take steps regularly to strengthen your physical and emotional well-being; strive for balance in your personal and professional lives
  • Build activities into your schedule that require you to try new things
  • Make deliberate personal and career choices based on your own values, needs, and goals
  • Serve as a positive ambassador for the Law School and the legal profession
Jana Kovich JD/LLM '15 Jyoti Jindal '16