NC Lawyers Weekly article on experiential education features insights of Elon Law leaders
A July 7 North Carolina Lawyers Weekly cover story about the rise of experiential education in law features insights from Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman and Professor Jim Exum.
The article titled, “Experiential education gaining ground in legal circles,” describes Dean Bierman as a national leader in the field of experiential education in law.
“My view is experiential education and classroom learning go hand-in-hand,” Bierman says in the article. “They should be fully integrated so it is seamless to students—students just learn how to be a lawyer. The teacher should offer different ways to learn that prepare students to become excellent, ethical lawyers.”
The article notes that Exum, Distinguished Professor of the Judicial Process at Elon Law and a former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice, supports in-class simulations as an important part of legal education, while noting some areas of challenge for new experiential programs at law schools.
The article also features insights from speakers at a recent national symposium on experiential education in law held at Elon, including Alan Duncan, President of the North Carolina Bar Association, and William Henderson, Professor of Law, Van Nolan Faculty Fellow and Director of the Center on the Global Legal Profession at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University at Bloomington.
Read the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly article on the rise of experiential education in law here (subscription required).
Click the links below for information about the following experiential learning programs at Elon Law:
- Law practice residency programs, including semester-in-practice, corporate, nonprofit and public sector placement programs
- Clinics in elder law, humanitarian immigration law, small business & entrepreneurship, and wills drafting
- Attorney mentor program (preceptor program)
- Leadership program, second-year course
- Trial practice program and associated moot court and mock trial programs