2017-18 Bulletin of the Duke University School of Law

Beyond the Curriuclum 93 Women Law Students Association. 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. Entertainment and Recreation Many recreational facilities are available to students on Duke’s campus. The Bryan Center houses cafes, theaters, lounges, patios, ping pong, pool, and foosball tables, and an art gallery. The student-run Duke University Union presents cultural activities, including major speakers, musical performances, art exhibits, radio and television programs, and theatrical productions. Durham and nearby areas offer additional entertainment options. Vibrant revitalization efforts throughout downtown Durham and at the American Tobacco Campus have resulted in a wealth of diverse eateries and entertainment venues. Duke is ideally situated to provide sports and recreation opportunities for students, both on and off campus. Law students may use the Wilson Recreation Center, as well as the university’s tennis courts, swimming pools, fitness trails, and golf course. Near campus, students enjoy woodland hiking, horseback riding, trail biking, and sailing. Law student teams participate in intramural sports such as softball, basketball, and soccer. North Carolina’s mild climate makes outdoor activities possible during most of the school year. Weekend excursions to other parts of the state can be very rewarding; several Appalachian ski slopes are less than four hours away, and Atlantic beaches are less than three hours away. Duke is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the university’s sports teams compete on campus during the school year. In particular, Duke’s legendary men’s and women’s basketball teams, and recently the football program, have made the sports a passion for the “Dukies.” Many law students join the annual camp out and lottery for basketball tickets. Academic Year Employment The study of law is demanding. It is designed to occupy the full attention of students and calls for the highest level of concentration. It is unwise for students to dilute their efforts with outside work, especially during the critical first year of study. Accordingly, no first-year student shall engage in employment without permission of the associate dean, and in no case shall engage in employment for more than twenty hours per week. While students should limit their employment during the school year for academic reasons, no student may be employed for more than twenty hours per week during the academic year. For those who find some outside earnings necessary to meet the expense of studying law at Duke, arrangements have been made to provide some part-time employment at the law school. A number of positions in the law library are filled by law students, and many students are employed in their second or third years as research assistants for faculty members. Law student spouses who seek employment will find opportunities comparable to those in most other areas of the country. Laboratory workers, computer programmers, development officers, teachers, and medical personnel are some of the positions spouses have typically held in the past. The University Human Resources, Duke Temporary Services, and the medical center personnel offices assist interested persons in locating suitable employment on campus. Public Interest and Pro Bono Programs Programs that supplement and enrich the curricular learning for students are sponsored by many departments at Duke Law School, including the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono. Some of the public interest and pro bono programs and events are described here. For more information, visit http://law.duke.edu/publicinterest/ . Pro Bono Project. The Pro Bono Project provides Duke Law students with an opportunity to hone their legal and professional skills and build relationships important to their future careers, while also providing an important public service to the community. Each year, students contribute thousands of hours to organizations in the local community and nationally through pro bono projects. Students may choose individual placements supervised by community attorneys or law school faculty or join a student-organized group project. Group pro bono projects include: Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project; Coalition Against Gendered Violence; Guardian ad Litem; Environmental Law Project; Immigration Education Project; Innocence Project; Justice Matters (a Christian Legal Society pro bono project); NC Wills Project; Refugee Asylum Support Project (RASP); Social Enterprise Law Project; Southern Justice Spring Break Trip; Street Law; Teen Court; Veteran’s Assistance Project; and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Project (VITA). Public Interest Retreat. The Public Interest Retreat, started in 1998, is an annual weekend retreat for members of the Duke Law community who are interested in public interest or public service as part of their legal careers. The retreat provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and administrators to reflect on their public service aspirations and career-planning. Distinguished speakers, including alumni working in public interest, are invited each year to address the participants as well as to participate in small group activities and workshops. Summer Public Interest Fellowships. Duke Law students who meet the requirements are guaranteed summer funding to enable them to accept otherwise unpaid employment with government and nonprofit employers in the United States and abroad. Funding comes through a variety of sources, including a number of endowments set up to provide Summer Public Interest Fellowships, which are offered on a competitive basis to 1L and 2L students. The Dean’s Summer Service Grant provides guaranteed funding to any student who secures summer public interest or government employment, and also completes twenty hours of pro service during the school year, which consists of ten hours working with the public interest law foundation (PIFL) and another ten with PILF or an approved pro bono project. The Alumni and Development Office, the Office of Public Interest and Pro Bono and PILF all works to raise funds for the Dean’s Summer Service Grant program.

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