• Applications closed June 1, 2020

    Stay tuned for information about our 2020 cohort!

  • Timeline


    Application Deadline

    Monday, June 1 at 5 pm Eastern


    Application Review

    Early June 2020



    Early to Mid June 2020



    Selected applicants notified in mid June



    Starts Wednesday, June 17


    Virtual! Fall 2020

  • What do we mean by increasing access to legal services?

    We are seeking innovative companies who are working to expand market-based access to legal services for people in the middle - those who do not qualify for reduced fee or free legal services, nor those who are able to afford the traditional fee for services.


    We hope to help create viable markets for legal tech tools that close the access gap for this key constituency.


    Past companies include:

    • Courtroom5
    • Easy Expunctions
    • Hello Divorce
    • Smart Lien

    We also encourage companies to apply who are aiming to increase the efficiency or effectiveness of reduced fee legal services.


  • You should apply if...

    • Your product aims to impact legal or regulatory practice or law-adjacent civic services.

    • You have or will have a minimum viable product (MVP) by the middle of June 2020.

    • You have had a few users test out your product and provide positive feedback, and you are looking to expand your access to the market.

    • You have received little or no seed or series funding but have mainly relied on sweat equity, family/friends investments, and small grants or loans.

    • You are committed to building collaborative relationships and increasing your knowledge and skills.

    • You are currently spending a minimum of 10 hours/week on your company on average.

    • You are interested in earned media and publicity from the Duke Center on Law & Tech on Twitter, LinkedIn, and our websites.

    • You are ready to learn from legal tech leaders and are interested in connecting with program sponsors.