Margolis Scholars in Law

Margolis Scholars is a university-wide program led and supported by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. The program provides students interested in health policy and management from graduate schools across Duke with an interdisciplinary perspective on key health policy and management issues as well as relevant practical and research opportunities to support professional development. The program prepares students to cultivate dynamic careers in government, academia, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.

The Margolis Scholars program is not a separate degree program, and Margolis Scholars enrolled at Duke Law are permitted to participate in joint degree programs available to Law students. The program aims to select up to three Margolis Scholars from Law each year. 

Below are further details about the benefits of the Margolis Scholars program, Scholar expectations, eligibility and selection criteria, and the application process.


Margolis Scholars will receive:

  • A two-year financial award; in the first year, half of the award is dedicated to support a health policy/law internship in the 1L summer.  
  • Participation in Margolis Center events and experiential learning opportunities, including in research projects or teaching assistant opportunities led by affiliated faculty and research staff; pairing with Margolis faculty/research staff mentor, if desired. 
  • Guidance on health policy and management courses across Duke and UNC. 
  • Guidance on internship and/or job placement from the Faculty Director of the Margolis Scholars program and Margolis leadership and affiliated faculty and staff. 
  • Membership in the Margolis Scholars community of graduate students and broader Margolis Center community of faculty, research staff, and students. 
  • Increased exposure to health care faculty, staff, and other experts across Duke as well as external senior leaders and practitioners. 
  • Recognition as a Margolis Scholar.

Expectations of the Scholars 

Margolis Scholars are expected to fulfill the listed minimum expectations:

  • Participate in Margolis Scholars events (e.g., seminars, conferences, annual Margolis Scholars reception). 
  • Organize at least one Margolis Center event per academic year, in collaboration with all Margolis Scholars across campus. 
  • Serve as Teaching Assistants to the Law School’s 1-credit course “Introduction to Health Law & Policy,” or assisting with a similar academic program in the event this course is not offered. 
  • Take select health law/policy/management courses, as allowed by curriculum requirements and electives. 
  • Dedicate the summer following the 1L year to public interest or similar work in health law or policy, OR, dedicate one or more semesters during 2L working with Margolis-affiliated faculty working on a research or applied policy project. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Ideal candidates:

  • Are 1L students in the JD program. Selected students will serve as Scholars in their 2nd and 3rd years in the JD program.
  • Have evidenced an interest in health policy through current research, related internships, work experience, extracurricular activities. 
  • Indicate a strong interest in taking advanced health management and policy courses. 
  • Have demonstrated a clear intention of pursuing a career in health care research, delivery, management, or policy following graduation. 
  • Have demonstrated high academic performance.

Application Process

To apply, please prepare and submit:

  • Current resume
  • Current transcript
  • One academic or professional reference letter
  • Personal statement (3 pages maximum) detailing:
    • Why you are interested in the Margolis Scholars program and how it will benefit you
    • Previous health law or policy experience
    • Key areas or topics of interest
    • Future professional goals and directions

Note that the review committee may request an interview with select candidates. 

Apply now!

For more information:

Corinna Sorenson, PhD, MHSA, MPH, Faculty Director, Margolis Scholars Program. Email