Our Commitment to Diversity

Elon students in front of law schoolThe decision to attend law school is one of the most important you will make. There is much to consider, from the characteristics of a law school’s program of study to your own personal educational goals and dreams. Among the most important of these considerations is the depth of diversity within a law school community and the breadth of support for diverse people and perspectives within that community.

At Elon we believe an outstanding legal education requires engagement with a broad range of people and perspectives. A diverse and academically talented student body and a roster of professors with wide-ranging views and experiences are essential to prepare students to practice law in the 21st century. Through open dialogue and respectful debate in a diverse community, Elon Law students develop the range of insight required to act knowledgeably in today’s global environment.

At Elon you will find a supportive community, where minority and international students are embraced, empowered, and motivated to excel in the classroom and beyond. Numerous student organizations provide outlets for minority students to share their values and experiences, while our external opportunities, through clinics and field placement programs, allow students a broad range of experiences, addressing a range of needs in our region and beyond.

At Elon we embrace diversity and celebrate the school’s wide range of backgrounds and cultures. We pride ourselves in being able to provide students with an academic community reflective of the communities within which we work and live.

Recent News:

Seventh annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. forum features a call for socially conscious lawyers

Elaine Jones with Elon Law studentsElon Law forum explores race, policing and 4th Amendment

Robert J. Grey, Jr. calls on Elon Law students to be guardians of the Constitution, trustees of the justice system

Elon Law hosts fourth annual Immigration Law Seminar

Elon Law students earn national recognition for diversity initiative

Elon Law forum commemorates Julius Chambers 

Engaging global commerce in Southeast Asia

Diversity Day welcomes high school and college students to Elon Law

Elaine Jones describes elements of effective civil rights advocacy at Elon Law forum

Blog follows law and MBA students’ journey in Asia

War crimes evidence and social reconstruction explored at Elon Law forum

Elon University School of Law establishes Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic

Law students encourage kids to excel in school through mock trial performance

Student spotlight features news of new Latin American Law Students Association at Elon Law

Law students serve as judges in national debate competition of African-American honors programs

Student group hosts presentation on estate planning for LGBT community

External links for minorities considering law school:

Minority Corporate Counsel Association - provides scholarships to newly accepted law school students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship - to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to and attend law school.

Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) - for law-school-bound-students and others committed to diversity in the legal profession.

DiscoverLaw.org - encouraging undergraduate students to discover career opportunities in the legal profession.

Equal Justice Works - concerning public interest law and the legal profession.

For People of Color - seeking to empower people of color who want to enter the legal profession.

Hispanic National Bar Association - representing the interests of the Hispanic community within the legal profession, including law students

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association - a national association of over 40,000 Asian Pacific American attorneys

National Black Law Students Association - formed to promote the needs and goals of black law students and effecuate change in the legal community.

National Native American Bar Association - promotes the recruitment and retention of Native American law students

If you have any questions related to the Elon Law community or about the application process, please feel free to contact Assistant Dean for Admissions Sharon Gaskin (sgaskin@elon.edu; 336-279-9347).