Frequently asked questions
1. When do you begin accepting applications?
On September 1, the admissions department begins accepting applications for the class entering the following fall semester. Elon Law offers a rolling admissions process: applications will be accepted and considered as long as seats are available in the class. Due to our rolling admissions process, it is better to apply early in the admissions cycle. The admissions process becomes more competitive as additional applications are received and the number of available seats in the class decreases. Those who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships are strongly encouraged to apply by March 1.
2. What is your application deadline?
Elon Law offers two decision cycles: Early Decision and Regular Decision. The Early Decision deadlines are discussed in #7 below. Under the Regular Decision option, applications must be electronically submitted via the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) by early August.
3. How should I submit my application?
You should apply online by using the electronic application process provided by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
4. I know that the application deadline is August 9th. Does this mean that I must submit all of my application materials by then?
Yes. All materials to complete your file must be received in the Office of Admissions no later than August 9.
5. Does Elon Law offer an Early Decision program?
Yes, the Early Decision (ED) option is available for prospective students who, after careful consideration of their future plans and a thorough investigation of a variety of law schools, have concluded that the Elon University School of Law will provide them with the legal education that best fulfills their needs and expectations. Applicants who are certain that Elon Law is their first choice institution are encouraged to apply as ED candidates.
6. What are the application deadlines for Early Decision candidates?
Early Decision candidates must submit their application by December 1, and all items necessary for completion of the application must be received by December 15. Only completed applications are considered for admission. An application is considered complete when all required documents, including the application form, the application fee, an LSDAS report, and two letters of recommendation, have been received by the school. Early Decision candidates must take the LSAT no later than the December test date to be considered for this option. Applicants should also consider, and incorporate into their application timelines, the time it will take for the CAS reports to be processed and transmitted to the School of Law.
7. What is the timeline for Early Decision candidates to receive an offer of admission?
Early Decision candidates will be notified by December 31 whether their application for admission has been accepted, denied, or deferred for further review. If the ED application is deferred for further review, then it becomes a part of the Regular Decision pool and will be considered along with all other applications through the RD rolling admission cycle. If an ED applicant is denied admission or the decision is deferred for further review, the applicant may continue being considered for admission to law schools to which he/she had previously applied and may initiate applications to additional law schools.
8. What are the requirements /stipulations of the early decision option?
Early Decision candidates agree that they will not submit an early decision application to any other law school this year. ED candidates agree that, if admitted to Elon Law under the ED option, they will withdraw pending applications to other law schools and not submit any additional applications.
9. What happens if I apply Early Decision and receive an offer of admission?
The accepted ED candidate will submit a nonrefundable deposit of $600 to Elon University by January 15 and will enroll in Elon University School of Law the following fall semester. This deposit will be credited toward fall semester tuition. The School of Law reserves the right to provide other law schools with the names of applicants accepted under its ED option
10. What happens if I receive an offer of admission under the Regular Decision option?
Applicants admitted under the Regular Decision (RD) option must submit a nonrefundable deposit of $200 by April 1, or within 2 weeks of their admission whichever is later. A second $400 nonrefundable deposit must then be submitted by June 1. These deposits will be credited toward fall semester tuition.
11. Is it possible to enroll as a new or transfer student during the spring semester?
12. What are the application procedures for a transfer student?
In addition to complying with the general admission procedures, a transfer applicant must submit a letter of good standing and an official transcript from the current law school. Either the letter of good standing or the official transcript must indicate the applicant’s current class rank. Transfer applicants must be enrolled at a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association.
13. How many academic hours must a transfer student complete at Elon Law?
To receive a law degree from Elon, a transfer student must complete two-thirds (60 hours) of the coursework required for the degree at Elon. Credit for work done at other law schools is given at the discretion of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Because Elon’s program of legal education incorporates leadership training not available at most law schools, accepted transfer students must attend the leadership development portion of first year orientation and take the first year leadership course.
14. Does Elon Law allow students to visit from other law schools?
Yes, visiting students must have the permission of their home law school and be in good academic standing at their home law school. They are limited to one year of legal studies at Elon Law. Visiting students will receive their law degrees from their home law school and will not be eligible for an Elon Law degree.
15. What are the application procedures for visiting students?
In addition to complying with the general admission procedures, a visiting applicant must submit a letter of good standing & permission to visit along with an official transcript from the current law school to the Elon Law registrar. Either the letter or the official transcript must include the visiting applicant’s class rank.
16. Where do Elon Law students come from?
Typically, 70-75 percent of the student body are North Carolina residents. Other states represented in the student body include: California, Connecticut, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Wyoming, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and South Carolina.
17. How many applications does Elon Law receive?
During recent admissions cycles, Elon Law has received approximately 800 to 1,000 applications.
18. What are your minimum LSAT and GPA requirements?
Elon Law does not have a requirement for a minimum LSAT nor a minimum grade point average (GPA). To be a strong candidate for admission, an applicant must have a competitive LSAT score and a solid GPA. Of course, when evaluating an applicant's undergraduate GPA, the Admissions Committee considers many factors, including trends in one's grades over the course of his or her academic career, how one's grades compare to the grades of his or her peers from the same undergraduate institution, the difficulty of one's undergraduate institution and/or degree program, and whether one was employed while in school.
19. Why does the law school application include character and fitness questions?
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
The law school application asks questions related to your conduct in the past - academic discipline, criminal charges, and even what may seem like minor traffic violations. These questions are the first step in assessing your character and fitness for the legal profession, and how you respond to them can have important implications not just for your admission to law school, but for your admission to the practice of law. Applicants should answer all questions on their application for admission completely and accurately. Full and honest disclosure is critical in the law school admission process and later in the licensing process.
As part of your bar exam application, many states ask that you or your law school submit a copy of your law school application. The State Bar or Board of Law Examiners will compare your answers to its questions with those provided in your law school application. Discrepancies can result in adverse consequences, so it is imperative that the information you provide on your law school application is accurate and complete. If your answers on your law school application are inconsistent with those on your bar exam application, the Board of Law Examiners will likely initiate a more intensive review of your file. Should that occur, you may suffer sanctions, including: revocation of law school admission; delay in certification of fitness; or the Board may determine that you are not fit to practice law, which means you will be unable to sit for the bar exam and, subsequently, practice law. Acceptance by Elon Law does not guarantee certification by any state’s Board of Law Examiners.
Every state has its own process for evaluating the character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the Bar of that state, and we encourage you as an applicant to law school to determine what those requirements are in the state in which you intend to practice. You can find detailed information about requirements in various states in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements, published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, or you can contact the board of law examiners in the jurisdiction where you plan to seek admission to practice.
If you have questions about the character and fitness questions or the Elon Law application for admission generally, please contact the Office of Admissions at 336.279.9200.
20. Do I need to have a certain major to apply for law school?
Elon Law does not require that its students have a specific major in college to apply for law school. In fact, each entering class generally has more than 30 different college majors represented. We do suggest that you engage in a well-rounded education that allows you to develop critical and analytical thinking, reading comprehension, writing, as well as communication skills and ability.
21. I cannot afford the application fee. How do I obtain a fee waiver?
From September 1st through December 31st, the application fee is waived for all applicants. To request a fee waiver after the fee waiver period has expired, an applicant must submit a letter to the admissions department detailing the reason for the request. Fee waivers will be granted only in cases of extreme financial hardship. Applicants who have received LSAT/CAS fee waivers from the Law School Admissions Council during the application cycle will automatically receive a fee waiver from Elon Law upon submitting a copy of the granted LSAC fee waiver with their application. Alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps or Teach for America shall receive a fee waiver after providing proof of service along with a request for their fee to be waived.
22. When should I take the LSAT?
The LSAT is offered four times a year: October, December, February, and June. The ideal time for taking the LSAT is the June or October test administration prior to the fall in which you wish to enroll. To be most competitive for fall admission, applicants are encouraged to take the LSAT no later than February.
23. I'm not able to take the LSAT until June 2013. Can I still apply?
Yes, as long as your application is submitted by the deadline, you may still apply to Elon Law. Keep in mind, however, that the later you apply (and the later your LSAT score becomes available), the fewer the number of available seats.
24. I have more than one LSAT score. How will that be viewed?
For applicants who have two or more LSAT scores, the policy of the admissions committee is to base the admission decision on the highest score. Generally, we advise prospective students to take the LSAT more than once if the student feels that there were extenuating circumstances that caused the student to perform poorly during a prior LSAT administration or that the score does not accurately reflect his/her ability to succeed in law.
25. I took the LSAT three years ago, is my score still valid?
Your LSAT score is valid for five years. You may apply for admission so long as you have a valid LSAT score.
26. Whom should I get to write my letters of recommendation?
People who know you well, who think highly of you, and who can speak to your academic and/or professional achievements, your leadership potential, your time management and organization skills, your critical and analytical thinking skills, etc. If you are enrolled in undergraduate school or have graduated a year or less prior to the date of applying to the School of Law, one of your letters should be from one of your professors.
27. How much do books cost?
Elon Law students spend approximately $1,000 each academic year for case books and other required materials.
28. Where do Elon Law students live?
The law school does not provide housing for students. However numerous affordable housing options exist in downtown Greensboro and throughout the Triad area.
29. Are scholarships available?
There are a limited number of merit- and need-based scholarships available for Elon Law students. There is no separate scholarship application--all applicants are automatically considered for scholarships. However, priority scholarship consideration is given to applicants who apply by March 1. Need-based scholarships are awarded based on information reported on the FAFSA. Most Elon Law students are using loans to supplement or completely cover the cost of their legal education.
30. Can I visit the law school?
Prospective students are welcome to visit the law school. Opportunities to visit the law school are numerous and varied. To learn more about opportunities to visit Elon Law, go to the Visit Elon Law page of the law school’s website to schedule your visit.
31. Are deferrals available?
One-year deferrals are available on a case-by-case basis. To obtain a deferral, a written request must be submitted to Sharon Gaskin, Associate Dean of Admissions. Deferral requests can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
32. Does Elon Law conduct interviews?
While the admissions committee does not conduct applicant interviews, applicants are welcome to make an appointment to visit the law school and meet with an admission professional.
33. Does Elon Law offer a part-time or evening program?
At the present time, Elon Law does not offer a part-time or evening program. The program of legal education is for full-time law students.