The Leadership Program

The Preceptor Program

One of Elon Law's distinctions is the Preceptor Program,                                        PRECEPTOR VOLUNTEER FORM
through which more than 50 experienced lawyers
from a broad range of practice settings mentor law students. With 54 preceptors working with 107 students in the first-year class throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, the program has a 2 to 1 student/attorney mentor ratio. 

Preceptors observe first-year students in law classes and provide feedback, facilitating a reflection process that helps students continuously improve in their preparation and development as lawyers.

Preceptors also invite students to accompany them to observe trials, client interviews, depositions, and mediations. While primarily involved with first-year law students, preceptors regularly interact with second- and third-year law students, as well as with alumni of the law school.

"Students benefit from their interactions with preceptors, receiving advice and guidance about the profession typically available only to new associates at law firms. Preceptors are an integral part of the Elon Law experience. They treat students as members of the profession from the moment they enter law school, binding our program of legal education to the practicing bar in a really meaningful way.”

Margaret Robison Kantlehner
Associate Professor of Law

Preceptors at Elon Law represent a broad cross-section of the legal profession, including representatives from the following firms and institutions:

Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard, LLP • Carruthers & Roth, PA • Guilford County Public Defender’s Office • Higgins Benjamin Eagles & Adams, PLLC • Legal Aid of North Carolina • Nexsen Pruet, PLLC • North Carolina Office of the Attorney General • Office of the Federal Public Defender, Middle District of North Carolina • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC • Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina • VF Corporation • Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC