Students at the center of a personal, experiential, rigorous and professionally connected legal education
Elon University School of Law is at the vanguard of innovation in legal education, providing students with an array of experiential learning opportunities, including full-time residencies in the practice of law, professional mentoring, legal skills development, nationally recognized leadership training and a culture of excellence that prepares students for success at all levels of law and society. The school’s rigorous curriculum, taught by a highly accomplished faculty, prepares excellent and ethical lawyers who have the knowledge, skills and judgment to make significant contributions in service to clients, the profession and society.
Elon Law’s innovations in legal education have earned the school national recognition. In 2012, The National Jurist named Elon Law one of “America’s 20 most innovative law schools,” noting that Elon is one of the only law schools to provide students with practicing attorney mentors from the start of their law school experience. In 2013, Elon Law’s leadership program won the ABA’s E. Smythe Gambrell Award, the top national award for excellence in legal professionalism education. Also in 2013, Elon Law was featured for “getting serious about business skills” by the National Law Journal.
In 2014, Elon Law announced a groundbreaking new model for legal education, developed following a five-year strategic planning process. The school’s new curriculum provides the breadth of knowledge, skills and professional competencies needed for graduates to excel as 21st century lawyers. Developed to achieve exceptional student outcomes, Elon Law’s JD degree program features highly personalized career development; sequenced courses and legal practice experiences that engage students more intensively in knowledge and skills development; an emphasis on legal writing, oral advocacy and broader professional competencies not traditionally taught in law schools; experiential learning integrated throughout the curriculum; and a 90-credit, seven-trimester model that enables students to spend more time in the classroom than previously, while completing their course of study in less time than the traditional law school curriculum.
Elon Law’s new approach is anchored in the school’s substantive law courses and distinctive skills development programs, taught by remarkable faculty members known for innovative teaching, influential scholarship, contributions to clients while in practice and enduring commitment to the educational and professional success of students. Building on this foundation, the new curriculum adds significant innovations. Beginning with the entering class of 2015, students will benefit from Elon Law’s first-in-the-nation program to provide all students with full-time, faculty-directed residencies in the practice of law. In addition, students at Elon Law will engage the legal profession in meaningful ways throughout their course of study, including first-year lab courses, attorney shadowing, five law clinics, trial and appellate advocacy, moot court and mock trial programs, team-based legal projects for nonprofits and public agencies and culminating Bridge-to-Practice courses, reflecting the school’s full integration of experiential education in its curriculum. In addition, the new curriculum enables students to graduate in December of their third year of study, reducing tuition and the cost of living during law school, while providing students with post-graduate career advantages.
The law school's high-tech facilities in downtown Greensboro, the legal hub of central North Carolina, include the North Carolina Business Court, making Elon Law one of the few law schools in the country that is home to an active court. Students benefit from regular interaction with leaders in law, business and civic life, including members of the law school’s advisory board, chaired by a former adviser to four U.S. presidents, and including three former Chief Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court and a past president of the American Bar Association. The law school was established in 2006, with a dedication ceremony headlined by U.S. Supreme Court Justice (ret.) Sandra Day O’Connor. Elon Law exhibits the key strengths of Elon University, home to 6,500 students, ranked higher than any other university in the nation for academic programs that are “focused on student success” and the number one master’s-level university in the South (U.S. News & World Report, 2014).
Elon Law’s 14 to 1 student-faculty ratio, with 25 students or less in a majority of classes, reflects the school’s emphasis on the individual development and success of each law student. Through a groundbreaking new model for legal education, Elon Law is enriching its curriculum, integrating courses and legal practice experiences in a strategically sequenced progression of learning and lawyering. Elon Law’s experiential emphasis is designed to broaden and deepen students’ legal knowledge and skills, while enhancing their professional development, career success and capacity to serve and lead in law and society.
Elon University, including Elon University School of Law, does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by law in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs. Students with documented disabilities may request in writing reasonable special services and accommodations. Questions should be directed to Ms. Susan Wise, disability services coordinator, Duke 108H, (336) 278-6500. The university’s Section 504 coordinator for students and Title IX coordinator is Ms. Jana Lynn Patterson, Moseley 206, (336) 278-7200. The university’s Section 504 coordinator for applicants and current employees is Mr. Ronald Klepcyk, 314 W. Haggard Ave., (336) 278-5560. In accordance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, complete information regarding campus security policies and programs and campus crime statistics is available upon request from the Director of University Relations, 2030 Campus Box. Information regarding completion and graduation rates may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or at www.elon.edu/irweb.
Location: Greensboro, N.C.
- Total - 292
- Class of 2014 - 106
- Class of 2015 - 79
- Class of 2016 - 107
Student-Faculty Ratio - 14:1
Faculty and deans - 38
Staff - 27
Application & Tuition Information:
Oct. 1 to Aug. 10.
$50.00 application fee waived for applications submitted online.
2014-15 Tuition: $37,924
Merit- and need-based scholarships are available.