The clubs and organizations at Duke Law run the gamut, from the Innocence Project to the Off the Record A Capella group to the Business Law Society. All registered Duke University School of Law students in good standing are eligible for membership in all student organizations. However, if your particular interests aren’t represented by the many groups listed below, you are welcome and encouraged to start your own. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs with questions.
The Duke Bar Association (DBA) coordinates the professional, social, and other extracurricular activities of the student body. The DBA serves as both a student government and a professional bar association. It addresses student grievances and serves as a liaison between students, faculty, and the administration. The DBA oversees all of the law school student organizations, publicizes Law School activities, sponsors athletic and social programs, and disburses its dues funds among the school's organizations. Visit the DBA website for more information.
- ABA Law Student Division
- American Civil Liberties Union
- American Constitution Society
- Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
- Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
- Black Graduate and Professional Student Association
- Black Law Students Association
- Business Law Society
- Christian Legal Society
- Coalition Against Gendered Violence
- Duke Bar Association
- Duke Criminal Law Society
- Duke Environmental Law Society
- Duke European Law Society
- Duke Immigrant and Refugee Project
- Duke Law Basketball
- Duke Law Democrats
- Duke Law Israel Experience
- Duke Law Run Club
- Duke Law & Technology Society
- Duke Law Texas Club
- Duke Law Veterans
- Duke Law Womxn of Color Collective
- Fashion Law Society
- Federalist Society
- First Generation Professionals
- Government and Public Service Society
- Graduate and Professional Student Council
- Health Law Society
- Human Rights Law Society
- If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
- Innocence Project
- Interactive Entertainment Law Society
- International Law Society
- J. Reuben Clark Society
- Jewish Law Students Association
- Latin American Law Students Association
- Law & Economics Society
- Law & Entrepreneurship Society
- Law Students for Accessibility
- Middle East and North African Law Students Association
- Mock Trial Board
- Moot Court Board
- Muslim Law Students Association
- National Lawyers Guild
- National Security Law Society
- Off the Record A Capella
- Public Interest Law Foundation
- The SJD Association
- South Asian Law Students Association
- Semester Break Legal Service Trips
- Sports and Entertainment Law Society
- Street Law
- Transactional Law Competition Board
- Tricky Dick
- Veterans Assistance Project
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
- Women Law Students Association
In addition to all of these, there are many Duke-wide organizations that welcome Duke Law students, including the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC), Duke Chorale, the Graduate and Professional Women's Network (GPWN), the Graduate Student Dance Club, and Triangle Girls.
The ABA/LSD allows law students contact with the nation's largest professional association for lawyers, the American Bar Association. Each year the student body elects ABA/LSD representatives who serve as liaisons between students and the ABA. For a small enrollment fee, any law student may join the Law Student Division and receive product discounts, a subscription to the ABA magazine, Student Lawyer, and information about the ABA's programs and publications on specialized areas of the law. The ABA/LSD also promotes various advocacy and essay contests throughout the school year.
The ABA-LSD shall be responsible for furthering the purposes and goals of the American Bar Association (ABA), particularly to promote the full and equal participation in the profession by minorities and women; to represent law students in the ABA and to represent the ABA to law students; to help shape the policies and priorities that affect legal education; and to create a deliberative forum for the exchange and expression of law student views and a voice with which to advocate those views.
Duke University School of Law is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.
Duke Law Representative
Representative: Andy Esmond
American Civil Liberties Union
Since its founding in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been the nation's guardian of liberty, working in our courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve individual working rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws of the United States. The Duke Law ACLU seeks to contribute to the academic dialogue of the Duke community by fostering intelligent and meaningful discussion of civil and individual liberties.
- President: Serena Tibrewala
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law.
ACS aims to revitalize and transform the legal and policy debates occurring in law school classrooms, federal and state courtrooms, legislative hearing rooms and the media. Through student and lawyer chapters all across the country, and programs and projects at both the national and local level, ACS:
- promotes a progressive vision of the Constitution, law and public policy;
- educates lawyers, law students, decision-makers and the public about the historic basis and vitality of such a vision and its importance for the lives of real people;
- strengthens the intellectual underpinnings for progressive law and policy in the United States; and
- continues to build a diverse and dynamic national network.
Duke's ACS Chapter
Recently named the Student Chapter of the Week by the National ACS, the Duke Law chapter hosts exciting events on emerging and evolving constitutional issues from a progressive perspective. Some ACS events from the previous academic year included screening a film on the implications of U.S. drug policies, hosting a panel on gun control, organizing presentations on current cases in front of the Supreme Court such as Fisher v. University of Texas (affirmative action) and Shelby County v. Holder (Section 5 of the Voter Rights Act), and hosting Robert Bauer (former White House counsel to President Obama) for a talk about the constitutional protections for practicing politics. Additionally, ACS organizes small group lunches with Duke professors to discuss their scholarship and perspective on constitutional issues.
The National Organization
- Chair: Andrew Lindsay
The Duke Law chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF) is dedicated to providing a forum for education, discussion, and scholarship in the field of animal law for students at the law school. Furthermore, the SALDF is dedicated to helping Duke Law School students explore ways of incorporating the practice of animal law into their legal careers after law school.
- President: Nicholas Lynch
The purpose of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association is two-fold. First, it provides an organization where the members of the Law School community may explore issues and engage in activities that are of particular benefit and concern to American students of Asian descent, foreign students from Asia, and other students and alumni interested in Asia and law. Second, it can enhance the quality and accessibility of Asian law resources of Duke University. Membership is open to the entire student body.
- President: Elaine Nguyen
The friendships that one develops and the memories that one builds throughout the years in law school should not be forgotten at graduation. The Alumni Committee actively strives to maintain a dialogue among the ALSA alumni to facilitate ongoing interaction with the law school community and to foster new friendships with current students.
The Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) is an organization designed to represent all minority graduate and professional students on the Duke University campus. BGPSA’s primary mission is to enhance the Duke experience for our members through community service, social, and academically-based programming events. As an umbrella organization, we welcome students from the following groups: Black & Latino MBA Organization, Black Law Students Association, Black Seminarians Union, Bouchet Society, Hurston-James Society, and Student National Medical Association. Through our academic forums, luncheons, community service initiatives, social events, and recognition ceremony we hope to assist in the development of future minority leadership in the Duke community and in the world at large.
The Black Law Students Association ("BLSA") exists to address the unique needs and concerns of the black law students at Duke University School of Law, and to promote diversity within the Duke Law community and within the legal profession. Through consistent social interaction and programming geared largely towards scholarship, career development, and community assistance, BLSA fosters academic achievement, community involvement, and, ultimately, the development of future black leadership in the legal profession.
- President: Erica Brackett
The Business Law Society promotes social and academic interaction among Duke Law students interested in the various aspects of business, corporate, and financial law. The BLS sponsors social activities, speakers, and symposia that encourage cultural exchange and academic discussion, and generally provides a forum through which members may pursue their interests in developing a career in business law. Our goal is to enhance the legal education of our members and to promote an inter-disciplinary curriculum in business, corporate, and financial law that builds upon the resources of Duke University.
Our goal is to follow Jesus Christ at Duke Law School, learning to serve God and others as future lawyers, scholars, social servants, family members, and friends. We do so through speakers, fellowship, and outreach events. We invite you to join us for our weekly meetings as we explore what it means to be a Christian and a lawyer.
- President: Amanda Dixon
What does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
Our mission is threefold: 1) to raise awareness in the Duke Law community about domestic violence and sexual assault; 2) to foster student advocacy on behalf of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors; and 3) to identify gaps in services available to domestic violence and sexual assault victims in the Triangle area and develop projects to fill those gaps.
- Chair: Anya Benenson
Duke Bar Association
The Duke Bar Association coordinates the professional, social, and other extracurricular activities of the student body. The association resembles in its composition and purpose both a university student government and a professional bar association. It addresses student grievances and serves as a liaison between students, faculty, and the administration. The association oversees all student organizations, publicizes Law School activities, sponsors athletic and social programs, and disburses its dues funds among the school's organizations.
DBA Executive Board 2019-2020
- President: Maddy Mumma
Duke Criminal Law Society
The Duke Criminal Law Society strives to promote criminal law dialogue, scholarship, and careers in the Duke Law community. The Society provides a forum for students to learn about emerging criminal law issues and contribute to criminal law scholarship, practice, and policy making through speakers, panels, pro bono opportunities, and field trips.
- President: Juliet Park
Founded in 1988, ELS strives to promote student discussion and awareness of environmental issues. This is achieved by hosting individual speakers and panels to facilitate student discussions, participating in national competitions and conferences, and coordinating social and community service events. Our goals are to enhance legal education through the creation of a vital environmental law program at the Law School and to promote career opportunities in environmental law in both the public and private sectors. Membership is open to all interested students.
- President: Molly Bruce
The Duke European Law Society aims to provide an intellectual and social forum for students who are from or interested in Europe by 1) fostering dialogue around current European law and politics, through lunch panels, 2) connecting practitioners with students to inform them about the European legal market, and 3) providing a space for JDs, LLMs, and Alumni to build long-lasting relationships and mentorship opportunities.
The Duke Immigrant and Refugee Project assists immigrants and refugees in the Triangle area to gain a sense of security and control over their lives by focusing its efforts on research, resources, and outreach for this target population. The Project offers research assistance on human rights issues and prepares legal memoranda for representatives of asylum seekers. The Project also undertakes multiple outreach efforts to provide needed resources to immigrant and refugee communities, including through the provision of "Know Your Rights" training sessions to immigrant teenagers and adults, the distribution of literature detailing rights and responsibilities in accordance with immigration law, and by assisting with other public needs as they arise.
- Executive Director of Administration: Christine Mullen
- Executive Director of Volunteer Events: DH Nam
- Executive Director of Research: Natalie Pate
- Executive Director of Events & Advocacy: Maryam Kanna
Duke Law Basketball provides current Duke Law students and alumni with a network of students and alumni who also enjoy playing basketball while simultaneously representing Duke Law externally in a characteristic outside of academics by participating in multiple regional and national law school and graduate school tournaments.
- President: Zachary Henson
The Duke Law Democrats is an organization of law students interested in democratic issues. We promote progressive ideals by participating in the political process, exploring democratic issues in the legal profession, and providing a forum for political discussion.
- President: Chris Smith
- The mission of Duke Law Israel Experience is to plan a trip for Duke Law students to experience Israel and Israeli legal culture and gain a greater understanding of Israel, the Greater Middle East, and other related issues.
The mission of the Duke Law Run Club is to provide current Duke Law students with a community of runners while simultaneously representing Duke Law externally outside of academics by participating in runs throughout the Triangle, North Carolina and nationally.
Duke Law & Technology Society
The Duke Law & Technology Society seeks to create a forum where like-minded students interested in the intersection of law and technology can share their ideas and satisfy their intellectual curiosity through peer (to-peer) instruction. We hope to increase the Duke Law community’s understanding of and interest in legal technologies, which includes looking at both their most promising applications today and the implications these technologies have for the practice of law across all industries. We will schedule guest speakers and demonstrations of cutting-edge legal tech, create and organize instructional resources, and connect our members with Duke alumni through sponsored networking events.
The Duke Law Texas Club aims to 1) connect students interested in the Texas legal market with employers, alumni, and fellow students working in the state, 2) provide a social atmosphere to build friendships between Duke Law students heading to Texas, and 3) increase the overall awareness throughout the law school to the Texas market.
- President: J.D. Swancoat
- Duke Law Veterans seeks to advocate for a continued positive military and veteran environment at Duke Law, serves as a centralized resource for veteran-specific issues and outreach within the community, creates a connecting link between the larger student veteran organizations and Duke Law, and builds a network of veteran students, their friends, family, and Duke Law graduates to achieve greater personal and professional development within the veteran community.
- President: Aaron Sanders
The Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC) at Duke Law seeks to provide a supportive community space for Asian & Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American, and other women and trans people of color. We are open to engage with all people ready to participate in an open and honest dialogue about race, gender and the law. Our mission is to promote the empowerment, inspiration, and personal and professional development of womxn and people of color in the legal field.
Womxn of color in the legal field face particular injustices and inequalities that often go unaddressed. WOCC seeks to advocate for womxn of color and inform the Duke law population of these issues. We seek to re-frame what it means to be a womxn and a person of color both from within and outside of the law.
We spell "womxn" with an "x" as opposed to the common way of spelling it with an "a" ("woman") because we want to consciously reject the patriarchal norms that permeate the legal field and society in general while also making sure to include the voices of trans and nonbinary people of color in our community.
- Advancement and retention of womxn of color in the legal profession;
- Create opportunities to engage in conversations about race, gender, and law;
- Raise awareness about issues affecting womxn of color.
- The mission of the Fashion Law Society is to give Duke law students the opportunity to learn about the developing legal specialization of fashion law. Our goal is to inform students of the unique challenges that face this industry and to explore different career paths relating to fashion law. We want to create a collaborative environment with other societies to promote interdisciplinary events that draw upon labor and employment, government regulations, intellectual property, business, consumer culture and civil rights, and international trade.
- President: Mohamed Satti
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
- Co-President: Brent McKnight
First Generation Professionals is an enhancement program at Duke Law School for students who are the first in their families to attend professional school. Our goal is to address the transition and integration of first generation law students into Duke Law school by offering a welcoming community for our members as well as academic, professional, and social support to navigate law school and future careers.
We connect our 1L members with faculty, upper-level students and alumni mentors to build relationships and develop a network that will continue through law school and beyond. We offer programming to develop your unique First Generation Professional narrative and integrate your experiences into effective networking and interviewing. We provide opportunities for real-life perspectives from the legal industry, including breakfast with a judge and an on-site employer visit.
- Co-President: Chelsea Carlson
- Co-President: Kathy Fernandez
- Co-President: Zoey Twyford
- Vice President of Professional Development: Michelle Le
- Vice President of External Affairs: Jerome Grant III
- Vice President of Internal Affairs: Garmai Gorlorwulu
Government and Public Service Society
The Government and Public Service Society (GPS) is a student organization devoted to helping students interested in pursuing careers working in government or public interest. We have members interested in a wide variety of different career paths. GPS holds lunchtime events on topics of interest to students interested in government or public interest work. For instance, this past year, we held events on repaying student loans while working in government or public interest, as well as a panel discussion on strategies for success in government or public interest internships. GPS is non-partisan and non-ideological.
- President: Krista Kowalczyk
The Duke University GPSC advocates for students pursuing advanced degrees in all of the graduate and professional schools, serving as an umbrella organization for local student governments and student groups. GPSC programming aims to foster social cohesiveness and to promote increased interaction across departments and schools. In addition, GPSC oversees election of the Graduate and Professional Young Trustee, appointment to the BOT standing committees, and selection of representatives to many university committees. The General Assembly's bimonthly meetings are open to all. For more information about how to get involved, visit the Website http://gpsc.duke.edu or e-mail email@example.com.
- President: Anthony Monroe
From bioethics to bioterrorism and everything in between— the Health Law Society is tackling issues at the forefront of American legal and political discourse.
The Health Law Society is an interdisciplinary organization of students and faculty with interests in exploring professional and academic aspects of health care. The Society focuses on the following general areas: curricular expansion and integration, public service and education, and professional development. HLS draws on the surrounding academic community to bring educational events to the law school, and raises awareness of diverse resources available within our membership that can build the understanding of health care law issues within the Law School.
- Chair: Courtney Suggs
The International Human Rights Law Society works to achieve three major objectives. First, we provide a forum for students interested in human rights to share their ideas and work together to put on events and initiatives. Second, we serve the Law School and the larger Duke community by providing information and discussion about human rights. Lastly, we work to make careers in human rights law a feasible option for more law students by developing connections with human rights organizations and building networks among Duke graduates.
Please contact either of the co-chairs for more information about ways to get involved.
- Chair: Cody Hall
- Formerly known as Law Students for Reproductive Justice, If/When/How is a is a national network of law students and legal professionals who work together because reproductive justice doesn’t just happen. We believe that achieving reproductive justice will take thoughtful action and strategic activism: acknowledging the intersection of identities, collaborating across disciplines, and working toward a critical transformation of the current legal system. Ensuring that all people have the right to decide if/when/how to create families depends entirely on if, when, and how hard we fight.
- The Duke Law chapter of If/When/How seeks to broaden the reproductive justice dialogue in the Duke community through lunch panel talks and social events. We are also currently mobilizing to create more community-based reproductive justice-focused pro bono opportunities for Duke Law students to engage in. Membership is open to the entire Duke Law community, and we explicitly encourage and support an inclusive environment.
The Duke Law Innocence Project® is a volunteer student organization that works to exonerate victims of wrongful convictions by investigating claims of actual innocence. After completing a careful review according to set criteria and guidelines, the various student teams present their conclusions to the Project leadership and faculty advisers.
The Duke Law Innocence Project looks at wrongful convictions not only on an individual case-by-case basis, but also engages in policy reforms, and outreach to the community in education. The organization also helps its exonerees in their reintegration to society.
- Student Director: Maddy Mumma
The Interactive Entertainment Law Society fosters the academic, professional, and social development of students interested in video games.
- Academic: We encourage the Duke Law community to reimagine how it thinks about the multi-billion dollar video gaming industry and its relationship to the law through focused lunch panels and discussions
- Professional: We connect members with individuals and resources to facilitate law firm, in-house, and not-for-profit career opportunities in the video gaming industry.
- Social: We provide a safe, inclusive space for members to play and discuss a variety of video games in both large and small settings.
*Although the Society focuses primarily on video gaming, other forms of interactive entertainment such as board games, card games, etc. are encouraged.*
- President: Jerome Grant III
The International Law Society promotes social and academic interaction among Duke Law students who are interested in the various aspects of public and private international law. The ILS sponsors social activities, speakers, and symposia that encourage cultural exchange and academic discussion, and generally provides a forum through which members may pursue their interests in developing a career in international law.
- President: Matt Steyl
We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.
The JRCLS represents Latter-day Saint (Mormon) law students at Duke Law, but all are welcome to join with us.
- President: Valeria Huamani
- J. Reuben Clark Law Society- National Site
JLSA is an organization of students and faculty, primarily from Duke Law School but including many other nonlaw students, who share an interest in Judaism and Judaism-related issues. JLSA offers a variety of social events, such as a Hanukkah party, wine tastings, and bagel brunches. JLSA also offers educational events, such as “lunch and learns” with local rabbis, and lectures, seminars, and religious programming, such as the Graduate Student Shabbat, Break-fast, and Passover Seder.
The mission/purpose of LALSA is to aid new students in making the transition into law school, to encourage prospective Hispanic and Latino students to come to Duke, and to connect current students with alumni. By hosting various events, LALSA brings together students and professionals to discuss the issues faced by Hispanic lawyers, the responsibilities of a Hispanic lawyer in society, the need for positive role models in Hispanic communities, and the availability of inexpensive/free legal aid. These discussions are usually intermingled with social activities where Hispanic and other law students can experience the richness of Hispanic culture. Aside from its role in the law school, LALSA maintains ties with the wider Duke community through collaborations with the Duke University Hispanic Latino Alumni Association (DUHLAA) and the undergraduate group MI GENTE, which sponsors salsa parties and other social events celebrating Hispanic culture. We endeavor to enhance Duke Law School’s environment by sharing the richness of Hispanic culture with the school.
- President: David Yates
The Duke Law and Economics Society provides a forum for Duke Law students interested in the academic field of law and economics. We aim to further the Duke Law community experience by exposing students to emerging research in the field and by fostering discussion and thought about the interesting ways in which the fields of law and economics interact.
- President: Jack Rosen
The Law & Entrepreneurship Society brings together Duke Law students hoping to start and manage their own businesses upon graduation, those aiming to provide legal advice to entrepreneurs in their future careers, and those interested in the topics of emerging growth companies and venture capital more generally. The group sponsors speaker events and networking opportunities throughout the school year, connects current students with Duke alumni working in start-ups and venture capital, and last year pioneered a Transactional Law Competition–a mock trial type competition for aspiring transactional lawyers.
- Law Students for Accessibility works to create a more inclusive legal community for students whose needs create unique challenges at law school and in the legal community. These include: students with disabilities (mental, physical, and emotional), students with children, students who are breastfeeding, trans*, gender-nonconforming, and LGBTQ+ identified students, and students who practice various religions.
- Chair: Andrew Toig
MENALSA strives to promote an understanding of Middle East and North African (“MENA”) social, legal, and professional issues. The organization seeks to expand MENA representation and develop MENA leadership in the legal community. MENALSA works toward these goals by organizing educational and cultural events.
- President: Maryam Kanna
The Mock Trial Board is a student-run organization that seeks to promote the engagement of students in mock trial competitions at both the intra- and inter-scholastic levels. In doing so, we promote the practical development of aspiring lawyers at Duke Law. The Mock Trial Board hosts the intra-scholastic Duke Law Mock Trial Tournament (Twiggs Beskind Cup), and sends teams to compete in inter-scholastic competitions such as the ATLA National Trial Advocacy Tournament, the TYLA National Trial Competition, the Georgetown National White Collar Crime Tournament, and the National Animal Law Closing Argument Competition.
- President: Nicole Wittstein
The Moot Court Board is composed of second- and third-year law students who are chosen on the basis of their performances in intramural moot court competition. The Board organizes and conducts the Law School's annual Hardt Cup and Dean's Cup intramural competitions, and selects Duke Law's representatives to the Phillip C. Jessup International Law competition. Members of the Board regularly compete in national inter-scholastic moot court competitions.
- President: David Davis, Jr.
The mission of the Muslim Law Students Association is to raise awareness of contemporary problems related to the intersection of Muslim-American identities and the American legal system and to provide community-building and networking opportunities for Muslim law students at Duke University School of Law.
- President: Zaynab Salem
- The National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. It seeks to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people. Guild members effectively network and hone their legal skills in order to help create change at the local, regional, national, and international levels. The National Lawyer Guild’s aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression. The Duke chapter seeks to build community on the Duke campus, create opportunities for networking between progressive and radical law students and lawyers, and champion progressive and radical causes at Duke, in Durham, and beyond.
- President: Jonathan Choi
A non-partisan organization with three chief goals:
- Exploring careers and opportunities in national security law;
- Discussing matters in the field in forums led by professional experts and by fellow students; and
- Promoting the involvement of Duke Law students in national security law, chiefly by facilitating summer internships and building an alumni network of graduates working in the field.
- Chair: Margaret Studdard
Off the Record, the premier co-ed a cappella group at Duke University School of Law, strives to provide a musical outlet for talented Duke Law students, promote a cheerful school environment with entertaining performances, and embody the ideals of Duke Law beyond the school’s academic excellence. Our members share great pride in our commitment to each other, in every harmony we create, and in the community for which we sing.
OutLaw is the student group dedicated to serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer and Ally student community at Duke University School of Law. Our goal is to both educate and become involved with the law school and surrounding community regarding legal and social issues relevant to LGBT/Q people, as well as to provide a fun and comfortable social network for LGBT/Q students at Duke. We feature over 25 different programs annually, making us one of the most active groups on campus, and work with other Duke LGBT/Q student groups to increase visibility on campus.
- President: Bobby DeNault
The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is a student-run, non-profit organization whose goal is to enable students at the Duke University School of Law to pursue careers in public interest. PILF accomplishes this goal by raising funds and distributing grant money to students who have public interest jobs and who contribute a certain amount of time to PILF's fundraising efforts.
- Chair: Melissa Dix
South Asian Law Students Association
SALSA is committed to being a forum for interaction through social and cultural events relating to South Asian Americans. SALSA works closely with Duke Diya, one of the university’s largest student organizations, composed of hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students. SALSA also serves as a network and resource for its members to advance their academic and career goals. SALSA accomplishes this by offering advice and resources on classes and exams, sharing knowledge about summer positions, and providing practicing attorneys and law clerks as mentors. SALSA is open to all law students and encourages anyone interested in South Asian culture to join.
- President: Ishrath Ahmed
The SJD Association aims to represent the interests of the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) students and candidates at Duke Law School. We also welcome participation from students who are interested in pursuing careers in academia.
- President: Benjamin Alemparte
Each year, Duke Law students have the opportunity to travel to a variety of communities around the nation, including New Orleans, Atlanta, Miami,and rural North Carolina, and partner with local organizations to assist in providing legal services to underserved and underrepresented individuals.
- Chair: Nicholas Lynch
The Duke Sports & Entertainment Law Society is an entirely student run organization dedicated to exploring the legal issues and career opportunities available in the area of sports and entertainment law.
By expanding access to sports and entertainment law, our goal is to give interested students the opportunity to pursue this exciting, but also extremely competitive, area of legal practice. The organization is devoted to providing students the necessary resources, guidance, and contacts that will fully prepare them to engage in contemporary legal topics and further pursue these interests in a future professional career. In pursuit of these goals, the society hosts speakers and symposia on hot topics in the field, organizes trips and social events focused on sports and entertainment, and provides academic and professional guidance to students. In addition to hosting events, SELS also partners with organizations such as the Intellectual Property Society, Fuqua's Sports and Entertainment Business Association, and the Duke Law and Technology Review to further expand the possibilities to engage in activities relevant to sports and entertainment.
As part of a nationwide Street Law program, Duke Law's Street Law program enables law students to provide practical, participatory education about law, democracy, and human rights. Duke has three Street Law projects: Middle School Mock Trial, the Durham Youth Home, and Teen Court. Through the Middle School Mock Trial Project, Duke Law students work with groups of middle schoolers to help them choose and play out roles in a simulated criminal or civil trial. The trial is held at the law school, where law students serve as "jury" and a local judge presides. Through the Durham Youth Home Street Law Project, Duke Law students work with kids in juvenile detention to teach them about the criminal justice system, children's rights, the political system, and democracy. Through the Teen Court program, Duke Law students assist teenagers in preparing arguments for juvenile cases in the Durham County Teen Court system. The Teen Court program helps alleviate overcrowding of the Durham County system and gives juvenile offenders the opportunity to avoid a criminal record.
The Duke University School of Transactional Law Competition Board is an entirely student-managed organization established to encourage the development of negotiation and transactional document drafting as skills among law students. The Board sponsors an annual Mock Deal Competition open to all JD and LLM students. There, teams of two or three complete a mini-transaction by marking up deal documents and negotiating terms against an opposing team. The competition is judged by esteemed practitioners from all over the country, and the type of transaction will rotate each year exposing students to new and different kinds of deals. The annual competition is used to choose new board members, who will be able participate in national and regional transactional law related competitions.
Named after arguably Duke Law's most famous alum and known to most as "The Hottest Ticket in Town," Tricky Dick is Duke Law's annual sketch comedy spectacular! Best known for our big show in Downtown Durham each spring as well as our online videos throughout the year, Tricky Dick raises money for the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) and serves as Duke Law’s best, most irreverent creative outlet.
Started in 2006 by Duke Law students and veterans Jade Totman and Chris Dodrill, the Veterans Assistance Project helps local veterans receive the benefits they deserve. Students undergo extensive training, meet and screen prospective clients during intake sessions, and prepare initial disabilities claims and appeals under the supervision of volunteer attorneys accredited by the Veterans' Administration. The Project also participates in community veteran events and holds fundraisers for groups that assist injured veterans. This group allows students to both hone their legal skills and help those who have served our country.
VITA’s mission is to give back to the Durham community by filing tax returns for low-income and minority taxpayers so that they may receive the largest refund available to them without undergoing the cost of using a paid preparer.
The mission of the Women Law Students Association is to help women thrive in our law school and to ease the transition between the academic and the work environments. WLSA strives to create a community that will raise awareness of women's issues and move toward the betterment of women in the legal profession. We also seek to provide a forum for students to enhance their Duke University School of Law experience.
All law students, male and female, may join WLSA. Additionally, our events are open to the entire Duke community. If you would like more information about WLSA or have suggestions about how we can better achieve our goals, do not hesitate to contact any of our officers.
- President: Christine Mullen