Business Fellows Program

The Business Fellows program is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge and practical, hands-on experience needed to become exceptional business attorneys. In addition to the many experiential learning opportunities provided to Business Fellows and detailed below, the Fellows program also provides:

  • a summer externship in a corporate or business setting, such as an in-house legal department;
  • a stipend covering the tuition cost and living expenses for the summer corporate or business externship;
  • a Business Fellows Scholarship toward tuition during the academic year, renewable for three years assuming continued participation in the Business Fellows Program.

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Integrated across three years, the Business Fellows program equips future attorneys with the knowledge and skills necessary to become lawyers who will understand their clients’ businesses, ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large, publicly-traded companies, and provide these clients useful counsel on both the legal and business challenges confronting them.

The breadth of experience Elon Law will provide, and the emphasis on “doing” rather than just “studying,” will help Elon Law Business Fellows to appreciate that modern business clients require their lawyers not just to answer discrete legal questions, but to understand the interconnectedness between legal and business issues. When they graduate, Business Fellows will have the foundation to become lawyers who will understand their clients’ businesses and provide useful counsel on both legal and business challenges confronting their clients.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Fellows program, the application for admission to Elon Law and a Business Fellows application must be submitted. The Business Fellows application for students entering fall 2015 will be posted here in January. The deadline for submission of this application will be announced at that time, but it will likely be in mid-March. Finalists for the Business Fellows program will be invited to the law school to interview in March or April 2015.

For information about other scholarship opportunities and financial aid programs at Elon Law click here.

Highlights of Elon Law's Business Fellows Program

Each Business Fellow will take a core curriculum of business courses, such as Business Associations, Income Taxation, Securities Regulation, Secured Transactions, Business Drafting, and Negotiations. In addition, Business Fellows will have learning experiences outside the classroom, including:

  • A summer externship in a corporate or business setting, such as in-house legal departments;
  • David Gergen speaks with Elon Law studentsOpportunities to meet with leading business lawyers and business leaders through an annual speaker series. During the 2014-15 academic year students will have the opportunity to meet: Louis Bledsoe, new North Carolina Business Court judge; John Fukunaga of Sony Pictures; Garland Graham, attorney with Schell Bray; Lee Lloyd, investment banker and business attorney with J. Lee Lloyd, LLC; Alan Palmiter, Wake Forest law professor. 
  • Opportunities to counsel businesses through the law schools Small Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic.