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.


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.

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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


  • Take advantage of opportunities to interact with your professors and classmates both in class and in out-of-class settings such as conferences, workshops, lunch, and pro bono activities
  • 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
  • In your intellectual interactions with others, be respectful, responsible, honest and open to the views of others
  • Seek opportunities to engage with people with whom you might disagree

Ad Hoc Seminars Journals

EMBODY integrity


  • Be truthful, candid, and fair, even when your actions go unnoticed
  • Use ambiguous situations as occasions to cultivate sound judgment and exhibit ethical responsibility
  • Call out wrongs when you see them with an effort to be both honest and constructive
The Duke Legal Clinics Public Interest
LEAD effectively


  • Assess and develop your own leadership style, building on its strengths and addressing its limitations
  • Find opportunities to use disagreements and conflict to work constructively with others for the benefit of the community
  • Cultivate leadership in others bearing in mind the benefits of a broadly diverse and  inclusive community and a variety of leadership styles
Student Organizations LEAD Fellows
BUILD relationship


  • Find a mentor; be a mentor
  • Seek out and get to know students, faculty, alumni, and staff with diverse backgrounds  and points of view
  • Invest in personal relationships
  • Act as if the reputation you develop in law school will follow you throughout your career
Duke Bar Association (DBA) Alumni Profiles
SERVE the community


  • Volunteer for service activities that benefit Durham citizens and the surrounding community
  • 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
LIVE with purpose


  • Take steps regularly to strengthen your physical and emotional well-being; strive for balance in your personal and professional lives
  • Make deliberate personal and career choices based on your own values, needs, and goals
  • Stand up and be counted
Jana Kovich JD/LLM '15 Jyoti Jindal '16