Duke Law Pre-Law Fellowship

Thinking about law school? Starting in the Fall? The Duke Law Summer Institute on Law and Policy is a great way to try it before you buy it—or get ready for it—by learning from premier Duke Law faculty. If you are looking for exposure to a law school classroom and law school courses, this is an amazing opportunity at with one of the top law schools in the country!

The Summer 2024 course offerings will focus on topics important to future law students and future lawyers, as well as to individuals in other fields who are seeking an accessible introduction to U.S. law and legal institutions. The courses will include an introduction to thinking like a lawyer, an introduction to the law school experience and how to succeed as a law student, and an introduction to U.S. constitutional law.

The Institute will be offered in two sessions this summer: July 1st-11th and July 15th-25th. In each two-week session, live, interactive classes will be held online three evenings a week, from either 5:45PM-7:15PM EDT or 7:30PM-9:00PM EDT. The Institute will hold virtual special events on legal careers and applying to law school, and faculty will be available for one-on-one counseling sessions.

Session One: July 1st – July 11th, 2024
• How to "Think Like a Lawyer": Introduction to Legal Reasoning (5:45PM-7:15PM EDT) – Professor Neil Siegel, the David W. Ichel Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for Intellectual Life at Duke Law School, and Director of the Summer Institute on Law & Policy
Session Two: July 15th – July 25th, 2024
• From Congressional and Presidential Power to Liberty and Equality Rights: Introduction to Constitutional Law (5:45PM-7:15PM EDT) – Professor Neil S. Siegel
• Thinking About Law School (or Starting Soon)? How to Succeed as a Law Student (7:30PM-9:00PM EDT) – Professor Rebecca Rich, Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of Legal Writing at Duke Law School

Scholarship Opportunities for Duke Undergraduates
The Provost has generously made available $15,000 in scholarship funding for current Duke undergraduates to enroll this summer in one-to-three classes in the Summer Institute on Law & Policy. Funding will be available on a first-enrolled, first-served basis. For more information, contact Jean Jentilet at