Register now for the Duke Law Summer Institute on Law and Policy

Today’s post invites you to register for the Duke Law Summer Institute on Law and Policy presented by two of Duke Law’s superstar teachers, Professors Doriane Coleman and Neil Siegel.

As you can see from the information below, the offerings for “future law students and future lawyers, as well as [for] individuals in other fields who are seeking an accessible introduction to U.S. law and legal institutions.”

For the Lawfire® readers who may be among the “individuals in other fields,” I would suggest that although the courses do not directly address national security, per se, there is almost nothing in the national, indeed, international security realm that does not involve law in some very real way. 

Consequently, understanding how lawyers approach issues (and, yes, it can be very different from the way other professionals look at challenges!) would be invaluable for anyone navigating in the national security space. 

Moreover, understanding the crucible of law school will give you insights about the legal profession with which virtually all national security actors must interface these days.  And, seriously, given the headlines recently, who wouldn’t want to know more about Constitutional Law?  

What makes the courses so special is the extraordinary teaching ability of these two professors.  There aren’t all that many opportunities in a ‘short-course’, online setting to learn from teachers such as these about how lawyers think (and what it takes to become one!) so don’t miss out! 

Here’s some more detail:

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.

Course offerings 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 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 is offered in two sessions this summer, July 5-14 and July 18-28. Each course is designed to provide an accessible introduction to the pertinent legal and policy subject matter. Those who are potentially interested in attending law school, or who are about to begin law school, are especially encouraged to enroll.

Registration is now open!

In each two-week session, live, interactive classes will be held online three evenings a week, from either 5:45-7:15 p.m. or 7:30-9:00 p.m.  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 5-14. 2022

Prof. Coleman

Thinking About Law School (or Starting Soon)?  How to Succeed as a Law Student (5:45-7:15 p.m.) – Professor Doriane Coleman, a recipient of Duke Law’s Teacher of the Year award, and a longtime member of the Law School’s Admissions and Financial Aid Committee

From Congressional and Presidential Power to Liberty and Equality Rights: Introduction to Constitutional Law (7:30-9:00 p.m.) – Professor Neil S. Siegel, the David W. Ichel Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Duke Law School, and Director of the Summer Institute on Law & Policy.

Session Two: July 18 -July 28, 2022

Prof. Siegel

How to “Think Like a Lawyer”: Introduction to Legal Reasoning (5:45-7:15 p.m.) – Professor Neil Siegel

Student testimonials about the Summer Institute found here.

Please share this announcement with undergraduates and recent graduates potentially interested in law school or beginning this Fall, as well as with friends or colleagues who might be interested in our program. 

For additional information, please contact the Institute here.

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