About Elon University School of Law
Elon Law prepares students to be exceptional lawyers through practice-based skills development, professional mentoring, leadership training and a rigorous core curriculum.
All students graduate with legal practice experience. Students engage the law through corporate, public, nonprofit and semester-in-practice externships, judicial clerkships, internships and clinics serving international refugees and asylum seekers, Habitat for Humanity clients, the elderly, small businesses and entrepreneurs. Elon operates a nationally competitive moot court program, a new mock trial program, extensive trial advocacy and legal writing programs, the Elon Law Review and thirty student-led organizations. Elon is one of the few law schools in the nation to house a working court, the North Carolina Business Court.
All students benefit from an attorney mentor. In its 2012 selection of Elon as one of the nation’s most innovative law schools, the National Jurist noted that Elon students shadow attorneys at their practices and discuss all aspects of law school and the working world with their attorney mentors.
All students obtain leadership training. In providing leadership training to students in both their first and second years of law school, Elon partners with the Center for Creative Leadership, ranked a top ten global provider of executive education for 13 consecutive years by the Financial Times. In 2013, the American Bar Association selected Elon Law’s Leadership Program for the E. Smythe Gambrell Award, the top national award recognizing excellence in legal professionalism education.
All faculty members teach with perspectives from legal practice experience. Faculty members regularly apply their expertise and scholarship to improve law and policy at regional, national and international levels. Several Elon Law professors have received awards for teaching excellence, including a faculty member named one of the 26 “best law teachers” in the book, What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013).
Elon Law provides a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio and a majority of classes with fewer than 25 students, enabling a personalized, supportive learning environment. All students benefit from four sources of professional guidance: a personal faculty adviser, an attorney mentor, a career development consultant and executive leadership coaches. All first-year students create Individual Development Plans with professional guidance, charting career goals and benchmarks for personal and professional development. All students work with career specialists to create Personal Networking Plans, cultivating relationships within the legal profession throughout their time in law school.
Students benefit from regular interaction with national leaders in law, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (Ret.), who has spoken at Elon Law three times since 2006, and members of the law school's advisory board, chaired by David Gergen, former adviser to four U.S. presidents, and including three former Chief Justices of the N.C. Supreme Court and a past president of the American Bar Association.
Elon Law is part of Elon University, named the national “Leader in Engaged Learning” by Newsweek-Kaplan in 2010 and the number one master's-level university in the South by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. Elon Law is located in downtown Greensboro, N.C., the hub of the legal system in central North Carolina, with law firms of all sizes, government offices and numerous federal and state courts located within blocks of the law school. Each class of students at Elon Law contributes more than 20,000 hours of pro bono and community service across three years of law study.
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