Clinical law programs that change lives
Elon Law's clinical programs put legal theory into practice, providing students with essential lawyering skills through casework management, research, writing, client interaction and courtroom advocacy, while also helping individuals in need.
In the Elder Law Clinic, students under the supervision of faculty provide free legal services to low-income residents of Guilford County, ages 60 and above. The Elder Law Clinic opened in the fall 2012 semester.
The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic is a law office which provides business-related legal services to entrepreneurs and small business owners who would not otherwise be able to afford legal representation. Students participating in the clinic develop analytical, planning, editorial and counseling skills in the context of client projects and reality-grounded class work. Services provided by the clinic include, but are not limited to, choice of entity advising, organizational document drafting and review, contract review and drafting, employment and human resource advising, regulatory compliance, and drafting financing documentation.
The Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic allows students under the supervision of law faculty to provide free legal services to low-income refugees and asylum seekers in North Carolina. The clinic began operations in January of 2011.
Elon Law’s Wills Drafting Clinic gives students the opportunity to represent low-income homeowners referred by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro. Students interview clients, draft documents to meet the needs of clients, conference with clients to explain and review documents, and oversee the self-proving signing protocol for those documents, all under supervision of faculty. The wills drafting course operates as a firm, where students alternate serving as the firm’s managing partner. In firm meetings, students present an ethical problem related to wills drafting and engage the class in a detailed exploration of legal issues surrounding and transfer of property at death in North Carolina.