Study Abroad


Duke University has approximately 13,000 students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. Duke Law School is an ambitious, forward-thinking, and innovative institution whose mission is to prepare students for responsible and productive lives in the legal profession. As a community of scholars, the Law School also provides leadership at the national and international levels in efforts to improve the law and legal institutions through teaching, research, and other forms of public service.


Civil Procedure
The civil procedure designed to acquaint students with the fundamental stages and concerns of litigation, e.g., jurisdiction, pleading, discovery, trial, choice of law, and multiparty actions. In addition, this course will highlight a number of specialized topics including the role of juries in deciding civil disputes, the ethical responsibilities of the litigation attorney, and the development of alternative dispute resolution systems. At several points, this course will focus on an analysis of the procedural system’s operations as revealed through empirical studies.

An examination of the formation and legal operations of contracts, their assignment, their significance to third parties, and their relationship to restitution and commercial law developments; the variety, scope, and limitations on remedies; and the policies, jurisprudence, and historical development of promissory liability.

Criminal Procedure: Investigation
This course is a study of the legal limitations on criminal investigative practices contained in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution. Topics include search and seizure, arrest, the exclusionary rule, electronic surveillance, the privilege against self-incrimination, interrogation, confessions, and the right to counsel.

The law of negligence occupies a central place in the course content, but this course also considers other aspects of tort liability such as strict liability, liability of producers and sellers of products, nuisance, liability for defamation and invasion of privacy, and commercial torts. The subjects of causation, damages, insurance (including automobile no-fault compensation systems), and workmen’s compensation are also included.

This course investigates how property rights and institutions affect resources, prosperity, fairness, freedom, community, and the sometimes conflicting interests of individuals, groups, and governments, in specific applications such as land, possessions, energy, environmental resources, ideas, music, the family, and the self. The course examines doctrines such as acquisition, exclusion, transfer, estates and future interests, covenants and easements, trespass and nuisance, zoning, landlord-tenant and housing law, and compensation for government takings of property.


Our library was rededicated in November 2008 after a complete renovation and is named in recognition of the generous support of J. Michael Goodson ‘66. The library has been designed to meet the 21st century information needs of the Duke Law community, offering a variety of spaces for individual and collaborative study, providing ready access to library, media, and technology services, and highlighting the library’s excellent collection of more than 625,000 volumes. Law Library provides complete wireless capability. Twelve computer terminals in the Reading Room, as well as stand-up terminals on each floor, are available for the use of all visitors. An additional eight computers are available for the Duke Law community (login required) in study carrels on Level 2, between the center staircase and front elevator. Access to the legal research services Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Westlaw is available only by individual password for current Duke Law students, faculty and staff, under the terms of the Library’s contract with the vendors. Other sources for legal information, including a campus-wide version of LexisNexis, can be found on the Legal Databases & Links page. Consult the Reference Desk for assistance with these or other research databases.


Duke University School of Law
210 Science Drive
Box 90365
Durham, North Carolina
Phone.:(919) 613-7033
Fax.:(919) 681-6550

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