The Center for Professional Development at Elon Law
Elon Law’s Center for Professional Development, formerly the Office of Career Services, opened in August 2012 in a newly renovated 5,700-square-foot facility at 101 W. Friendly Ave. in downtown Greensboro, adjacent to the law school’s H. Michael Weaver Building. The Center provides a resource-rich environment for students to explore career opportunities, engage the office’s employer-relations program and build networking and professional development plans. The Center focuses on strengthening Elon’s employer-relations program, equipping students with professional skills necessary for success in job search and career advancement processes and connecting students to professional networking and placement opportunities.
Professional Development seeks desirable employment opportunities for Elon Law students and alumni. We have an active professional network of employers, preceptors and alumni whom we draw upon to identify desirable opportunities and to provide introductions. In addition, you will meet leaders in the legal community through on-campus networking events and off-campus professional events. On-campus recruiting and Elon’s online recruiting systems give you access to summer positions and full-time employment opportunities, as well as judicial clerkships.
Professional Development will maximize your employability by offering individual career counseling and group programs that equip you with the skills necessary to secure desired employment. Whether you need assistance with resumes and cover letters, or interview skills and business cards, the Professional Development staff will make sure you are prepared for the job search and interviews.
The transition from law student to lawyer is a major milestone in your professional development. Professional Development offers a comprehensive series of innovative professional development activities to assist students with the transition to the workplace.
Career Services News
- Chris Smith featured in National Law Journal article on employer outreach
A Feb. 24 National Law Journal article about the growth of employer outreach programs at law schools features insights from S. Christian Smith, Elon Law’s assistant dean for professional development and chair of the Employer Outreach Section of NALP (National Association of Law Placement).
- Elon Law’s leadership program featured in national magazine
The American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer magazine focused its December issue on the increasing value of leadership experience for law students’ career success. The article spotlights Elon Law’s multi-year leadership program.
- Sony Pictures legal affairs executive John Fukunaga speaks at Elon Law
At an October 25 forum with John Fukunaga, Executive Vice President of the Corporate Legal department at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Elon Law students gained insights into pursuing a successful legal career.
- Elon Law students excel in summer internships
Members of Elon Law's Classes of 2014 and 2015 served in state and federal court systems, law firms, the offices of corporate counsel and in public interest positions this summer.
- Center for Professional Development hosts forum on finding success in legal job market
- Acclaimed author and Professor of Legal Career Management at Concord Law School Richard Hermann spoke to Elon Law students at a Professional Development Forum sponsored by Elon Law’s Center for Professional Development.
- Professional Development Forum: Richard Hermann on finding success in the legal job market – Sept. 10
- On Monday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m., law professor Richard Hermann will speak at Elon Law in Classroom 207 on “Finding Success in a Tough Legal Job Market." The forum is sponsored by Elon Law's Center for Professional Development. A reception will follow.
- Chris Smith co-edits national publication on employer outreach
- The National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) recently published Employer Outreach Best Practices Guide, co-edited by S. Christian Smith, Assistant Dean for Career Services at Elon University School of Law.
- Schedule on-campus interviews
- Request resumes
- Post a position
- Search for jobs
- Engage in professional development
- Find opportunities to lead and to serve
- Search for Jobs
- Plan for Career Advancement
- Network with Colleagues in the Profession
Elon Law recognizes and adheres to Standard 211 of the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools which provides that: “Non-discrimination and equality of opportunity in legal education includes equal opportunity to obtain employment.” In accordance with this Standard and the School of Law’s commitment to the principle of equal opportunity in all of its programs and practices, the School of Law expects every employer to whom the Career Services Office furnishes assistance and facilities for interviewing and other placement functions to observe principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability in regard to hiring, promotion, retention and conditions of employment.
Elon University, including the School of Law, does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by law in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs.