Career Services

Your Center for Professional Development contacts

S. Christian Smith, PhD, assistant dean for professional development
(336) 279-9238,

Chris Smith joins Elon Law after serving in a range of career services leadership capacities in the private sector, in addition to three years as Director of Employer Relations for Elon University, where he traveled nationally to develop recruiting relationships with private industry, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Smith has also served as Corporate Recruiter for Management Recruiters International where he was responsible for national and international employment searches. In addition, Smith has extensive experience in non-profit management and educational consulting.

As Assistant Dean for Career Services at Elon Law, Smith designs and leads employer development programs, creating and strengthening relationships with traditional and non-traditional legal employers to assure that students have desirable career opportunities.

Smith holds a doctoral degree in Counseling and Counselor Education and a master of science degree in counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies from the University of Minnesota.

Darlene McDowell, associate director for professional development
(336) 279-9254,

As assistant director for professional development, Darlene McDowell works with students in their search for summer and full-time employment. She also builds relationships with attorneys and law firms to secure job postings and interview opportunities for students. McDowell joined Elon after serving as director of recruiting and associate development with the law firm of SandsAnderson in Richmond, VA. She managed the attorney recruiting and summer associate programs for the firm and served as a member of the Associates Committee. McDowell served as director of career services at Washington & Lee University School of Law and has held recruiting positions with McGuireWoods and WoodsRogers in Virginia and Womble, Carlyle and Carolina Legal Staffing in North Carolina.

Karen Chisnall, information analyst, center for professional development
(336) 279-9358,



Julie KoontzJulie Cline, administrative assistant, center for professional development
(336) 278-9316,