Sui Generis: Duke's Pre-Law Mentorship Program

Sui Generis is a mentoring program pairing Duke alumni who have graduated law school with Duke prelaw undergraduates. The program connects students considering law school to alumni who are interested in sharing their wisdom and experience. The goal is to give students an opportunity to learn from a real world connection what it is actually like to be a law student and a lawyer. Students enjoy insight from mentors to see new possibilities or new paths to existing goals.

For prelaw students, it is very helpful to have parents in the legal profession or who are otherwise connected to the legal profession. Many students do not have this network from family or community — students may be the first in their family to go to college, or families live far away. Mentor programs help level the playing field.

In addition to providing mock interviews and other practical guidance, Mentors also support students by sharing stories from their professional journey and connecting students to professionals in their networks. Alumni mentors benefit by developing meaningful relationships with students interested in law. 

To learn more about the program or to become involved, contact Program Director Mimi Lukens, JD