Welcome to Greensboro—"The Gate City"
The Elon University School of Law is located in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, a city that blends an upbeat urban lifestyle with historic Southern charm. Dozens of new businesses have revitalized downtown, including restaurants, nightclubs, retail stores and housing developments. With a variety of museums, art galleries, theatres and historic sites near the law school, the downtown area also offers a rich cultural experience for students, young professionals and families.
Greensboro is located in the Piedmont Triad area , about 80 miles west of Raleigh and 95 miles northeast of Charlotte. Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina, with a regional population of about 1.5 million.
More than 40,000 college and university students in Greensboro create a vibrant intellectual and cultural community. Adding to the creative climate is the Center for Creative Leadership, recognized as a worldwide leader in executive education. In addition to its reputation as a creative community and an educational center, the area is experiencing economic growth as employers such as Dell Computers and FedEx expand into the Triad.
A legal center
Downtown Greensboro serves as the hub of the judicial system in central North Carolina, with major courts and law firms all located within a few blocks of the law school. The Federal District Court, Federal Bankruptcy Court, Guilford County courthouses and City of Greensboro municipal offices are located here, and the new Federal Courthouse will be built downtown as well. Prominent law firms that are located downtown include Greensboro’s two largest firms, Smith Moore LLP and Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP.
In addition, the Elon law school offers students two unique opportunities to learn from and interact with working judges and attorneys. The offices of the North Carolina Business Court are located in the law school facility, making use of the school's courtroom and giving students daily access to a working court. Across the street from the law school is the American Judicature Society's Institute on Forensic Science and Public Policy. This new institute, announced in Washington in November 2005 by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and former Attorney General Janet Reno, is devoted to research and education on issues at the intersection of law and science with the mission of building trust and confidence in the judicial system. (Find out more about the AJS Institute>>)
Connecting, networking, working together
Making the Elon University School of Law a reality was a community effort. Foundations, corporations, law firms and individuals in Greensboro joined forces with Elon to envision a downtown law school, and the resulting synergy led to an exciting approach to legal education emphasizing leadership and engaged learning. Elon law students are active members of a network that includes professors, attorneys and judges along with community leaders who have a personal stake in making this one of the nation’s finest law schools.
The law school's location in the heart of downtown gives students convenient access to real-world work experiences and internships. First-year students interact with the legal community immediately in an innovative mentoring program involving local attorneys who will serve as professional coaches called "preceptors." Students see firsthand what it's like to be a lawyer and gain a valuable network of contacts in the legal community.
Law students are also encouraged to participate in a number of student organizations and to expand their networks by serving in the community.
The main campus of Elon University is also an important resource for law students. For example, Elon's Executive Education program and the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business sponsor frequent professional workshops as well as the Legends of Business speaker series, featuring CEOs of major corporations.
More about Greensboro
The flourishing downtown Greensboro area includes attractive housing, dining and shopping options, a new YMCA, Center City Park, and First Horizon Stadium, new home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers minor league baseball team.
Use this interactive downtown map to find out about entertainment options and more.
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