The Leadership Program

The Third-Year Experience

Third year law students have the opportunity to participate in the law school's Capstone Leadership Course, applying legal knowledge and leaderships skills toward initiatives of their choice that benefit the profession, the community, or society more broadly. Additional details follow this video segment.

Each project includes a written plan with defined goals, a description of methodology, an assessment of how undertaking the project will meet community needs and engage specific leadership skills, and identification of benchmarks to measure progress on the project over time. Students participating in capstone projects reflect on what they learn, both about the project and about the application of their leadership abilities in pursuing the project.

"Capstone participants draw on the legal knowledge, advocacy skills, and leadership competencies they develop in the first two years of law study to begin working on projects of importance to communities far and wide. Everything we do in the leadership program at Elon Law is aimed at helping students become excellent lawyers and ethical leaders throughout their lives.”

John Alexander
Distinguished Leadership Coach-in-Residence
former President of the Center for Creative Leadership

Capstone Project Achieves Impact

Elon Law alumnus Shannon O'Donnell helped to advance a new initiative of the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence through her capstone project. The initiative provides counseling and therapy to children within Guilford County who witness violence in their homes. O'Donnell's capstone supported the nonprofit's public awareness campaign, conveying the purposes and procedural aspects of the program to municipal authorities, community groups, and interested residents in the region. O'Donnell also created a Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign that strengthened connections between the law school, social service organizations, and nonprofits in the region focused on domestic violence prevention.

Shannon O’Donnell
Class of 2009