Classroom to career
Law school is just the first step in your legal career. The Office of Student and Professional Life helps students and alumni take the next step. It helps them explore career opportunities, sharpen their networking and professional skills, and connect to the legal community. The Office’s programs are tightly integrated with the innovative Elon Law curriculum, from the day you start law school to the day you start working as a lawyer.
Exploring Your Career Options
A law degree creates many opportunities. Elon Law alumni work as attorneys in large firms and small, as lawyers for government agencies and nonprofit organizations, in corporate counsel offices and more.
All Elon Law students get full-time legal practice experience before they graduate. These take the form of full-time residencies in law practice, internships and serving clients in our five Elon Law clinics. Students also have opportunities to work as summer associates. The Office helps students identify and connect with these opportunities.
Every student is assigned an attorney mentor — one of four members of an individual legal success team — who provides a real-world view of day-to-day life as a lawyer.
Preparing for the Job Search
The legal skills and knowledge you gain in the classroom and through legal experience are critical to your success as a lawyer. Your networking and leadership skills, though, are also key to your professional success. The Center provides coaching and feedback on resumes, interviewing and networking skills. These further strengthen our graduates’ ability to find the jobs they want.
Connecting You to the Marketplace
The Center hosts a variety of on-campus and off-campus events where students can learn more about potential employers and different areas of legal practice. Elon taps its extensive professional and alumni network to connect law students and alumni with legal leaders. Through these events, students are able to develop one-on-one relationships with professionals in the legal community, including attorneys and judges.
Our online resources connect students and alumni with additional career opportunities.
Part of Your Legal Success Team
Career success is built into the Elon Law experience at every step. All students receive mentoring, coaching and guidance from their four-person legal success team. Each team includes a professor, an attorney-mentor, an executive leadership coach and a career development consultant. Career development consultants are based in the Center for Professional Development and ensure that you gain access to all of the career and networking resources available to you through the law school.
“The Center for Professional Development was instrumental in my success as a summer associate. This past year, I attended several panel discussions with employers hosted by the Center, which prepared me for what the expectations are of summer associates. I also completed a mock interview through the Center, from which I received important feedback that I was able to apply in my interview with The Fresh Market’s Senior Corporate Counsel.” – Janean Bryant L’15
EXAMPLES OF ALUMNI EMPLOYMENT
- American Express Co., New York, N.Y.
- Buckley Sandler LLP, Washington, D.C.
- Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, Charlotte, N.C.
- Florance Gordon Brown, Richmond, Va.
- Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Atlanta
- Kilpatrick Townsend, Raleigh. N.C.
- King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, Bethlehem, Pa.
- Legal Aid of North Carolina, Greensboro, N.C.
- Mecklenburg County D.A.’s Office, Charlotte, N.C.
- N.C. Business Court, Greensboro, N.C.
- N.C. Court of Appeals, Raleigh, N.C.
- Pennsylvania Appellate Courts, Allentown, Pa.
- Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP, Raleigh, N.C.
- Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Greensboro, N.C.
- U.S. Air Force, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
- U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration, Rockville, Md.
- Ward and Smith, P.A., Asheville, N.C.
- Wishart, Norris, Henninger & Pittman, Charlotte, N.C.
- Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, N.C.
EXAMPLES OF STUDENT PLACEMENTS
- Children’s Law Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Funk & Bolton, P.A., Baltimore, Md.
- N.C. Attorney General’s Office, Raleigh, N.C.
- Office of Inspector General, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
- Office of Senator Kay Hagan, Washington, D.C.
Seventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida,
St. Augustine, Fla.
- S.C. Attorney General’s Office, Columbia, S.C.
Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office,
Fort Worth, Texas
- ThinkEco, Inc., New York, N.Y.
U. S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division,
Fraud Section, Washington, D.C.
- U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Seattle, Wash.
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of N.C.,
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, Richmond, Va.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit,
New Orleans, La.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit,
Career Services News
- Alumni Involvement Week connects Elon Law students and graduates
Elon Law students built professional networks and learned more about opportunities in specific areas of law during a weeklong event welcoming more than 40 alumni back to campus.
- Elon Law’s residencies-in-practice shape student knowledge
The opportunity to work full-time in a course-connected legal environment has already "exceeded expectations" of students in the Class of December 2017 whose experiential learning is unlike that found at other law schools.
- Elon Law students excel in summer employment
From the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law in Rome to the North Carolina Supreme Court, Elon Law students are gaining hands-on experience in a variety of opportunities that develop their knowledge of the legal profession.
- Elon Law announces new law practice incubator
Elon University School of Law has created the Elon Law Legal Incubator to support Elon Law graduates who wish to develop solo law practices and to create opportunities for lawyers to provide reduced-cost legal services for low-income residents of Guilford County.
- Elon Law students making an impact
Elon Law student placements in the offices of a city attorney, public defender, judge, law firm and social justice nonprofit are featured in the eighth and final weekly spotlight on Elon Law student summer employment experiences.
- Experience matters at Elon Law
Part seven of Elon Law’s student summer employment series spotlights the insights and experiences of those working in military law, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, criminal law, family law, immigration law and intellectual property law.
- Elon Law students excel in summer employment
Work experiences in U.S. appellate and district courts, and in N.C. district attorney’s and public defender’s offices are featured in part six of Elon Law’s student summer employment series.
- 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.