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Wintersession – The Vision

Duke Law consistently graduates students who are well prepared to contribute and succeed on their first day in practice. But we are always looking for innovative ways to move our students forward and ready them for success in whatever path in the law they choose. Wintersession is just such an innovation. The vision for Wintersession is to better prepare our students for their future legal careers through professional skills training from outstanding practitioners.

To accomplish this, Wintersession provides students with a number of professional skills development opportunities. Short, unique, hands-on courses are offered for a half-credit, specifically targeted at teaching important skills for the young associate (contract drafting, taking a deposition, creating a business entity, etc.) and providing practical insight about the realities of the practice of law.  Students will gain a leg up in their future practices as they hear firsthand from Wintersession instructors how the regulatory and structural frameworks of different industries affect the legal analysis and guidance given to clients.

Wintersession also provides students with an extraordinary opportunity to interact with and learn from Duke Law's many accomplished alumni and other lawyers of similar stature. Almost every Wintersession class will be taught by leading lawyers who are experts in the course topic. Teachers for Wintersession courses hail from around the country—two are traveling from Latin America—and serve at the highest levels of some of the largest law firms and corporations in the world.

Wintersession is an engaging and lively complement to Duke Law's curriculum that you won't want to miss. There are four new courses this year, in wide-ranging subjects such as media law, the death penalty, and designing creative legal solutions. We are also fortunate to have fresh insights and perspectives of nearly a dozen new alumni instructors, for both repeat and new courses.

Plan to be back on Duke's campus starting Wednesday, January 3, 2018, and continuing with courses through January 7, 2018.  Bookbagging opens Friday, September 22, 2017, and registration will begin on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. The drop-add period ends on Monday, December 4, 2017.

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Wintersession 2018

Wintersession will take place from Wednesday, January 3, 2018, until Sunday, January 7, 2018. Regular classes for spring semester begin on Monday, January 8, 2018.