Dean's Message Contents
As legal education is being challenged to prepare students more readily to move into the world of practice, Elon University School of Law is deliberately and thoughtfully responding to the changing dynamics of the legal profession. In these pages, we explore two major innovations in our program of legal education — our leadership program and our association with the North Carolina Business Court.
Yet, even as we explore innovations, Elon remains committed to the indispensable aspects of a sound legal education – great analytical reasoning and the substantive knowledge lawyers must have to serve their clients and society ably.
In the feature article, you will learn about the great work that Elon students are doing in our Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic. The service they render to vulnerable clients from across the globe and the dedication they exhibit in the cause of justice reflect some of the abiding and historic ideals of our profession. We are proud of the work they do, and we are proud to share some of their achievements with you.
We also highlight activities of members of our faculty, whose work to improve law and social policy spans national and international borders. Their work enriches their teaching, contributes to the advancement of knowledge and models for our students the importance of the lawyer’s role to serve society and the communities where we live and work.
Law schools will continue to teach students the knowledge and skills they must master to become competent lawyers. At the same time, law schools also must help students to develop the character, judgment and values that will ensure that the law remains the profession of service in the cause of justice.
Law schools must confront the challenges of this new era and its uncertain demands. These challenges will require innovation and a commitment to the traditional values of a legal education. Elon Law is proud to be advancing both the traditional aspects of a legal education and innovative programs that will enable future lawyers to meet these constantly emerging challenges.
Elon Law’s impact is increasingly seen in the contributions our alumni are beginning to make. We are proud of their achievements. And, as we continue to develop, we are grateful to all those who support the law school. We are pleased to share this report with you.
George R. Johnson, Jr. - Dean and Professor of Law
Learn about new people and programs at Elon Law, as well as special events and inititatives from the 2012-2013 academic year.
Through the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, Elon Law students help clients who are fleeing war or who have experienced persecution on account of race, religion, nationality or political opinion.
Elon is preparing future lawyers for the changing dynamics of law practice and for influential roles in the profession and in society by incorporating leadership development into its program of legal education.
One of the many ways that Elon bridges the study and practice of law is by housing a working court – the North Carolina Business Court – inside the law school.
Faculty members are influencing the formation of law and policy at state, national and international levels through their scholarship and professional service.
Learn about recent alumni achievements, service and leadership.
Learn about endowed scholarship supporters, attorneys who volunteer their time with Elon Law students, the high rate of giving by Elon Law faculty, staff and alumni, and special recognition of The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation.