Amanda Lacoff, Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives, and James Lambert, Director of Academic Advising, offer academic advising to help JD and dual-degree students take full advantage of the broad range of opportunities available at Duke Law. They offer individual student advising, academic support programming, and assistance coordinating with student organizations for advising programs related to their interests. Dean Lacoff’s office is located in the Dean's Suite; James is located in the Office of Student Affairs.
Your Advising Network
There are many resources to advise you in the discovery of – and engagement with – the curricular and co-curricular opportunities at Duke Law School.
Office of Academic Affairs
The Office of Academic Affairs is prepared to advise you about meeting the graduation requirements, help weigh your curricular and co-curricular choices, and connect you to faculty who help you further your academic interests. They will support you by providing advice on Law School policy and help you find resources to make the most of your time at Duke Law School.
The Registrar’s Office will keep you informed about course registration, final examinations, academic deadlines and other important requirements every semester. For more information, visit the Registration Portal.
Each year, approximately twenty-eight 2Ls and 3Ls volunteer to serve as peer advisors to 1Ls, offering the perspective of someone who was just recently living the first-year experience. LEAD Fellows can share with you how they formed meaningful mentoring relationships with faculty, assist you in navigating 1L year, and help you learn how to distinguish what is merely popular from what is individually meaningful to you.
Clinical and Experiential Learning
The Law School clinics and experiential learning courses provide an excellent forum for sharpening your legal skills, increasing your knowledge of the law, and providing much-needed legal services to actual clients.
Learning to write like a lawyer is one of the greatest challenges of legal education. The writing faculty support Duke Law students in their writing development, helping them to perfect the skills necessary to produce top-quality legal writing.
Duke Law Students are encouraged to connect with professors whose teaching and area of scholarship align with your academic interests. In addition to teaching courses, professors may also supervise independent study and advise on other co-curricular opportunities.