• What We Do

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

    Build

    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.

    Connect

    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.

    Grow

    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?

    Applications for 2019 are closed as of May 5, 2019.

     

    Email us at info@dukelawtechlab.com or fill out the Contact Us form below to let us know you'd like to be notified about future program offerings. Follow the Duke Center on Law & Tech on Twitter or LinkedIn for the latest updates!

    What is required on the application?

    We don't want the application process to be burdensome, as we consider this program "light-touch" (see more below!). Generally, our application requires the following minimum information:

    • Contact information for team members who plan to participate in the program, including a team leader and up to two additional team members
    • Company basic description and information, including links to any social media accounts or websites, the amount of funding you have raised so far, and how your company is legally structured under state law in the United States, if applicable
    • A slide deck or business plan which includes information about your product, market potential and traction, and team members. Usually 10-15 slides in a .ppt, .pdf, or .key file will suffice.

    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 your team mentors.

    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

    Leadership

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

    led by Director Jeff Ward. We are supported by an advisory board of legal tech leaders who help us strategize and provide feedback.

     

     

    Judges

    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.

     

     

    Founders

    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

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

    CivicPro
    Disputly
    Hello Divorce
    HUGO Analytics, LLC

     

     

     

  • Contact Us

    Don't be afraid to reach out. You + us = awesome.