• What We Do

    We accelerate the next generation of startups that will change the way legal and civic services are delivered


    We are building a community

    We are looking for hard-working, creative entrepreneurs who are passionate about changing the way legal services are delivered within the justice system, law firms, and the government.


    We connect you with valuable partners and mentors

    Our program involves 1-hour weekly virtual conferences with leading legal technology entrepreneurs, innovative law firms, industry consultants, court administrators, CTOs, and VCs committed to investing in early-stage tech products. We bring in thought-leaders from the legal profession and coaching experts to hone your pitch and enrich your understanding of the legal services ecosystem.


    We are here to support your growth

    Our mission is to strategically tailor resources to help your startup thrive, from access to highly intelligent interns through Duke University and leaders in legal tech fields, to showcasing your product at the Duke Law Tech Lab Demo Day.

  • By the Numbers

    We've worked with 14 teams over 2 cohorts since the Duke Law Tech Lab started.

    We've given out $17,000 total in prize money to our top teams.

    Our extensive network of Duke Law faculty, alumni, current law students, staff and other legal tech leaders review applications to the Duke Law Tech Lab.

    After the Duke Law Tech Lab, three companies

    (vTestify, Disputly, & Procertas) have been accepted into and completed a more intensive accelerator.

  • FAQs

    When does your next application open?

    We anticipate opening applications in spring 2019 for a summer accelerator. Email us at info@dukelawtechlab.com or fill out the Contact Us form below to let us know you'd like to be notified when applications open.

    Are there deliverables or milestone requirements?

    The Duke Law Tech Lab is intentionally a “light-touch” pre-accelerator. As such, we do not ask anything burdensome of participating teams. We will, however, ask teams to work on tasks that bolster company growth. Because the Duke Law Tech Lab also aims at early-stage teams with highly individualized needs, these specific tasks are likely to depend on the particular needs of your company in light of advice from you team mentors.


    The only common task for all teams is preparation for a company demo at Demo Day.

    What happens at Demo Day?

    Demo Day is an exciting opportunity to showcase new and innovative legal tech products in front of other #legaltech leaders. It is a celebration event involving other entrepreneurs, technologists, lawyers of all stripes, big law firm management, investor networks, and many more. The Duke Law Tech Lab pays for hotel and air travel for at least one representative of each team to attend the Demo Day.

    Does the DLTL require an equity stake in the companies who participate?

    No. As a light-touch accelerator, we do not require any future equity in your company.

    What have previous participants said about Duke Law Tech Lab?

    "Participating in the Duke Law Tech Lab was a boost for our new company, and it came at the perfect time. We learned a lot about how to grow and improve our services, and made many good connections. Above all though, the program provided us with invaluable validation and legitimacy. Thanks DTLT!" - Brandt McMillan of Smart Lien, LLC


    "Having the opportunity to meaningfully connect with likeminded individuals and teams doing innovative work in the legal space was one of my favorite aspects of the accelerator. The weekly informative but casual meetings kept me focused on business strategy, growth, marketing and overall presentation of myself and our company. ... What has surprised me the most is how willing the speakers and advisors are to connect and mentor. I expected maybe a 20-30 minute chat with key players in the industry and instead, I’ve been able to grow my advisory board and start executing on expansion plans." - Erin Levine, Hello Divorce


    "Skopos Labs was at a critical early stage of development and the content and delivery DLTL provided was on target and of immense value… All of us at Skopos Labs are grateful for the chance to work with DLTL and we'd recommend any legal tech startup apply!"


    "The Duke Law Tech Lab did more that just help our [vTestify's] business, it helped to develop and nurture our team. Meeting with industry leaders, discussing sales/marketing strategies, and building on our skill sets helped to enrich not only our company but also every member of our group. These are skills that will be invaluable long after the intensive work of nurturing a startup fades."


    "We took great pride in being selected as one of the participants in the Duke Law Tech Lab (‘DLTL’). Duke has an unbelievable reputation, and this experience was a jolt of energy and confidence that has helped us double down our efforts in making TrustBooks successful."

  • Who We Are

    We're an entrepreneurial team with experience in startups, law firms, investing, and academia


    DLTL is coordinated by faculty, staff, and students at Duke Law under the Center for Law and Technology,

    led by Jeff Ward.




    We recruit our judges from Duke Law's network of legal tech leaders invested in supporting innovation in legal service delivery.



    Presenters & Mentors

    We connect our teams with experts, law firms, justice system stakeholders, student interns, angel investors, venture capitalists, innovators, influencers, and others from Duke University's extensive network.




    Duke Law Tech Lab was launched in 2017
    by Duke Law students, alumni, and faculty, and led by the efforts of Duke Law alum Bill Warren.



  • 2018 Teams

    Congratulations to our second cohort who completed the program in October 2018!



    Matt Haber & Jorge Damian de la Paz

    CivicPro helps professionals and members of the public track public meetings and legislation across cities. Local governments face important problems — from affordable housing to sea level rise — but still communicate through lengthy notices, which amount to thousands of pages published regularly. CivicPro transforms voluminous legislative documents into useful knowledge about local policy-making — removing the need to sift through complex material. It offers free and premium services to monitor public meetings and legislation across cities and counties. With hundreds of local governments in each state, and almost 90,000 nationwide, CivicPro provides an easy-to-use roadmap of the issues that matter most.



    Spencer Simonsen & Simon Boehme

    Disputly builds consumer legal technology to resolve disputes efficiently and affordably. Disputly can generate small claims lawsuits and demand letters, and provides AI powered negotiation tools to help handle tough conversations. Disputly is based in San Francisco, California.

    Hello Divorce

    Hello Divorce

    Erin Levine

    Hello Divorce is an online divorce platform that offers users an alternative to the traditional retained attorney divorce model. Founder Erin Levine has harnessed technology, legal expertise, and impact design thinking to create an on-demand do-it-yourself platform that is available for a monthly subscription. Fixed-fee managed divorce services and à la carte legal help are also offered for a flat fee or monthly payment. With millions of Americans dissolving the most complex financial contract of their lives, Hello Divorce aims to ease the divorce experience and provide an efficient, empowering and affordable option for transitioning out of marriage.

    HUGO Analytics, LLC

    HUGO Analytics, LLC

    Bernard Chao, Christopher Robertson, & David Yokum

    HUGO Analytics, LLC leverages empirical methods and advanced data analytics to improve litigation outcomes. Merging legal acumen, crowdsourcing and statistical analysis, HUGO enables litigators to evaluate their cases and test any variety of case strategies across thousands of virtual jurors, with speed and efficiency.

    Settledge, Inc.

    David Chambers

    Settledge, Inc. is a dispute resolution and reputation management platform for smart contract-based transactions and distributed economies that is designed to minimize dispute related risks and costs, while maximizing efficiency and customer retention during and after the dispute resolution process. Settledge offers clients flexible service options including integration of settledge dispute resolution service contracts into all of a client’s smart contracts, on an ad hoc basis for specific transactions, or post hoc access to double blind settlement negotiation services after a dispute has occurred.

    Smart Lien

    Brandt McMillan, Elizabeth McMillan, & T. Chad White

    Smart Lien allows construction professionals to file construction liens in minutes through our mobile-optimized website. The time and expense of hiring attorneys to file liens is cost-prohibitive for small businesses and low lien amounts. We started Smart Lien because we saw a need for a quick, cost-effective way for small construction businesses to assert their lien rights. We also provide our service in Spanish to support a broader base of users. Based in Nashville, Smart Lien currently supports Tennessee liens only, but we will expand to other states as we grow.


    Kelly Garvy

    Upstate is a state policy tracking tool for the public, nonprofits, and lobbyists. Our goal is to provide an accessible and affordable notification system and also provide premium features for professionals who work closely with state policy makers. We offer a real-time notification system that allows users to follow keywords, bills and committees. Users can follow any of 1200+ keywords and receive an alert as soon as this keyword is added to a bill. Users can also get alerts on status changes to bills.


  • 2017 Teams

    Our first cohort completed the Duke Law Tech Lab in April 2017.

    Our teams cover a range of technology and market verticals

    within the legal and related industries.

  • Contact Us

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