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Duke Law Receives Multi-Million Dollar Gift

Duke University’s School of Law is receiving a $10 million to help increase financial aid opportunities for students.

The $10 million award grant was provided by the The Duke Endowment and will provide matching funds for endowments supporting scholarships, summer and post-graduate public interest fellowships, and loan repayment assistance, according to Duke Today. Duke officials say the grant will help the law school attract a diverse student body and enable more of its students to pursue their interest in public service.

“I am deeply grateful for this transformational grant, which will prepare law students for careers that can uplift our region and the world,” Duke University President Vincent E. Price says. “It will advance the shared priorities that have guided our partnership with The Duke Endowment for nearly a hundred years.”


Internships for public interest positions are often unpaid and entry-level salaries are significantly lower than roles in the private sector. Duke officials are hoping to relieve some of that burden. The award will leverage endowments to help decrease the burden of loan repayment and create summer and post-graduate fellowships covering salary, benefits, or stipends for public interest work.

“Duke Law is deeply committed to meeting the financial needs of our students, who come from diverse social and economic backgrounds, as well as helping to meet the great need for public interest lawyers,” James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean Kerry Abrams says. “This grant from The Duke Endowment will catalyze investment in legal training that will help students prepare to address pressing needs. We are profoundly thankful.”

Sources: Duke Today, The Duke Endowment