The required curriculum is designed to give law students a
firm foundation for success in the practice of law. Success
on the bar examination should also flow naturally from
diligent study at Elon. It is expected that the required
courses will be substantially as indicated below; however,
the curriculum, particularly the second and third year
requirements, is subject to change as the Dean and faculty
evaluate, develop and make enhancements to the academic
Civil Procedure (LAW 610) - 4 hrs.
A basic procedure course which explores the techniques for
attaining judicial enforcement of substantive rights. Topics
such as venue, pleadings, joinder of claims and parties,
discovery, res judicata, trial and appellate review will be
covered. Federal and state jurisdiction will also be
examined, including the Constitutional aspects of such
Contracts I and II (LAW 620 and 621) – 2 hrs.;
A comprehensive study of the creation, transfer and
termination of contract rights and duties. Fundamental common
law principles such as capacity to contract, mutual assent,
consideration and legality of subject matter will be
addressed. Pertinent portions of the Uniform Commercial Code,
particularly Article 2 dealing with sales, will be
Property I and II (LAW 640 and 641) – 3 hrs.;
A study of property rights and interests in personal
property and real property. Topics covered include the
acquisition of rights in property, possessory and
non-possessory interests, estates in land, concurrent
ownership, landlord-tenant relations and land-use regulation.
Torts I and II (LAW 650 and 651) – 3 hrs.; 2
A study of the legal rules which determine whether
non-contractual civil liability arises from conduct resulting
in harm to others. Topics covered include intentional wrongs,
negligence and strict liability, as well as defenses commonly
asserted in tort actions.
Criminal Law (LAW 630) – 3 hrs.
A study of substantive criminal law, including an
examination of crimes and their elements. Specific common law
and statutory crimes will be covered. Available defenses will
also be explored.
Legal Research and Writing (LAW 660) - 2 hr.
This course introduces students to various legal authorities
and instructs them in the skill of conducting research.
Students will also learn how to cite the sources they rely
upon in their legal writing using the citation format
prescribed by The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. The
course also provides an introduction to legal analysis,
research, and writing through the preparation of legal
memoranda and/or other written assignments. This course
emphasizes the basic skills and tools of analysis and
research, and the fundamentals of good writing.
Issues in Lawyering and Leadership (LAW 680) - 1
hr.; 1 hr.
This course is an introductory course in which subject
matter will be taught using the problem method, lecture,
simulation, discussion and other forms of active learning.
These methods are intended to stimulate discussion of the
law, the theory behind the law and the legal environment and
the practice of law. Knowledge of one’s environment is
an essential component of leadership and legal competence.
Ideally, problems will be drawn from cases students are
preparing for other classes and exercises will be informed by
progress in other classes to create integration of the
substantive study of law with theory and practice.
Constitutional Law I (LAW 720) &
A study of the principles of American constitutional law.
The course will examine the concept of judicial review as
well as other specific provisions of the Constitution,
including the Due Process Clause and the First Amendment.
A study of state and federal criminal procedure. The course
will cover the state and federal constitutional and statutory
rules that dictate the criminal justice process, including
pre-trial, trial, and post-conviction practice.
Commercial Law I and II
A study of the rules of law applicable to commercial
transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Article
2 of the UCC, dealing with sales of goods, is covered. In
addition, Articles 3 and 4, applicable to negotiable
instruments, and Articles 8 and 9, dealing with secured
transactions, are explored.
Evidence (LAW 730)
The aim of this course is to develop familiarity with the
techniques by which evidence of controverted facts is
presented in litigation before judicial tribunals. The
Federal Rules of Evidence, North Carolina Rules of Evidence,
and common law rules will be examined.
Business Organizations (LAW 710)
A study of basic corporate law, including formation,
management, and dissolution of corporations, and the rights
and duties of those involved with corporations. The law
related to business organizations such as partnerships and
limited liability companies (LLC) will also be covered.
This course will focus on basic trial skills. Through
lectures and role playing in simulated courtroom situations,
students will learn various aspects of trial advocacy
including, but not limited to, the preparation of a case for
trial, preparation of witnesses, jury selection, the use of
experts, direct and cross-examination, introduction of
documents and other evidence, courtroom techniques, and
opening and closing arguments
An orientation to global legal and socioeconomic
environments, including aspects of public and private
A study of the professional obligations of attorneys imposed
both by regulation and the noble traditions of the legal
profession. The course will utilize hypothetical fact
situations and problems likely faced by attorneys to
reinforce the model rules and to develop a commitment to
ethical decision-making in students.