Academic Skills Program
Consistent with Elon Law’s focus on leadership and engaged learning, the Academic Skills Program embraces principles of leadership education and a wide range of innovative methods for teaching and learning the law.
The law school recognizes that preparing students to become successful lawyers who can excel at the highest levels of the profession requires an emphasis on developing self-awareness about one's communications abilities and overall learning processes.
The Academic Skills program works with students individually and in groups to clarify how best they learn and then applies that information to develop personalized law study routines.
In addition, the format for the Academic Skills Program emphasizes engaged learning by providing opportunities for students to learn skills in the study of law as they need them throughout the fall and spring terms of the first year and beyond.
First Year Program:
A half day session during orientation for first year law students focuses on clarifying and understanding the results of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This instrument is a basic leadership tool that gives both general and specific information useful in the development of lawyer leaders. At Elon we use this instrument to help students increase the value of collaborative working groups and to identify their own strengths and challenges. The orientation session involves hands on exercises that focus on law study skills to help students begin their successful transition into the legal education environment.
Fall and Spring Semesters:
The primary goal of the fall term is to provide resources to help first year students adapt to law study. There are two types of resources we provide:
Individual Coaching Sessions occur in the first six weeks of the fall term. Students meet with Dr. Martha Peters, Professor of Legal Education, to begin their leadership development. In individual sessions, students work with Dr. Peters to confirm their MBTI results and to use these in conjunction with students’ successful academic routines to develop an individualized study plan. The purpose of the study plan is to emphasize individual strengths and challenges and to use each student’s strengths to support their development. The different strengths our students bring to Elon Law produce a dynamic academic environment that enhances the development of effective skills for lawyer leaders.
LET’S Study stands for Learning Effective Tools and Strategies for (Law) Study. These voluntary study sessions are designed to engage students in learning law study skills as they need them throughout their first year of law school. Dr. Peters and a team of upper-class students work to introduce and build basic study and exam taking skills. The program focuses on briefing cases, learning to read cases effectively, developing effective methods for end of the week reviewing, organizing materials, understanding the examination processes, developing approaches for taking exams, and more.
Individual appointments are available for all students. Students use these appointments for a variety of purposes including, but not limited to, refining study methods, enhancing organizational methods, improving test taking skills, dealing with time and stress management, and increasing concentration. The agenda for these meetings is determined by the student’s interests and needs.
Individual appointments continue to be available for students as they progress throughout law school. These meetings may focus on leadership development, academic issues, and personal issues.
Academic support is a basic resource for all students. It is our intention to help each student meet his or her academic goals. At Elon this is a team effort. We encourage students to review their work products to learn from their experiences. There are a variety of resources to support students including, but not limited to, faculty members, upper-class student mentors, the library and administrative staff, and lawyers working with individual students through the preceptor program.