Bridging the Gap Between Academia and the Bench and Bar

About the Center

The Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies administers several distinct programs, all aimed at improving the administration of justice by focusing on the study and exploration of the judicial process. The Center brings together judges, practitioners, teachers, and key government officials to achieve a better understanding of the judiciary and to generate improvements in the administration of justice.

Each program is separately administered and funded. The Master of Judicial Studies program is supported by an endowment created by The Duke Endowment. The Appellate Judicial Education Institute is funded by event registration fees and gifts from sponsors. The Duke Conferences are funded by registration fees. Judicature is funded by subscriptions and sponsorships. EDRM is funded by sponsorships and memberships. For more information on each program, including leadership, events, and program details, please visit each program’s website.

Judicial Studies LLM

The nation's only elite post-graduate degree program for federal, state, and foreign judges.

Appellate Judges Education Institute

The nation’s premier judicial education conference for appellate judges, staff attorneys, and practitioners.

The Duke Conferences

Practitioners, scholars, and jurists join forces to study issues, discuss ideas and develop best practices for improving the administration of justice.


A quarterly journal that explores all aspects of the administration of justice through scholarship and opinion.

EDRM at Duke

A member-driven organization that develops practical resources to improve e-discovery and information governance.

Get Involved

How you can support the Center's work through memberships, subscriptions, sponsorships and more.

“To do your job better, you have to understand how you do your job. And that’s what I’ve gotten here.”

— Magistrate Judge George C. Hanks Jr.,
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, is a member of the inaugural Master of Laws in Judicial Studies class