Academic and Bar Support Program

Elon Law students studying in class

Consistent with Elon Law’s focus on leadership and engaged learning, the Academic Support Program embraces principles of leadership education and self-regulated learning. Our programming is premised on the idea that instruction in basic law school skills, coupled with individualized feedback and support, can significantly enhance students’ academic and life-long success.  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 different strengths our students bring to Elon Law produce a dynamic academic environment that enhances the development of effective skills for lawyer leaders.

The Academic Support program  provides whole class, small group, and one-on-one instruction in critical skill areas necessary for success in law school, on the bar examination, and in practice.

Dean’s Fellows
Elon University School of Law is committed to providing all students with the foundational skills necessary for success.  Dean’s Fellows are upper level students selected for their academic achievement, commitment to the Elon Law community, aptitude for expert learning strategies, and interest in education. They participate in training based on the leading research and practices on providing effective feedback and mentoring to law students and facilitate implementation of Academic Support curriculum both in the Legal Construction and Analysis course and outside of the classroom. Dean’s Fellows also work closely with the Director of Academic and Bar Support as well as our resident Academic and Bar Support Skills Instructor and assist students in developing effective strategies to maximize the opportunity for academic success.

Legal Construction and Analysis
In their first semester of law school, students will enroll in Legal Construction and Analysis.  The course is designed to help develop competency in a number of areas including (1) the foundations of the United States legal structure, (2) the organization and structuring of course related materials, (3) strategies for learning legal analysis, (4) the identification of critical facts in a hypothetical and their effective evaluation, (5) the ability to deconstruct, understand and apply rules of law, (6) the identification of legal issues, (7) strategies for preparing and taking law school and bar exam style tests, and (8) the foundations for understanding and briefing cases, and for utilizing them effectively in exam writing. This course will also provide an opportunity for students to work with Dean’s Fellows.

Advanced Legal Construction and Analysis
Advanced Legal Construction and Analysis is offered to students beyond their first semester and throughout their law school career as an additional opportunity for reinforcing and maintaining those critical skills.

Bar Exam Preparations
Students are offered courses and workshops designed to help prepare them for the bar examination.  Our bar support programming consists of both courses and multiple workshops provided to students covering tactics for the MBE, MPT, MPRE, maintaining a productive bar review schedule, and additional strategies. The school offers a four unit comprehensive course as well as two on-line courses; one focuses on multiple choice test taking skills and the Multistate Bar Examination and the other emphasizes the development of essay writing techniques within the context of the North Carolina distinctions. The school also provides support mechanisms for students during bar review including mentoring programs.

Individual Appointments
In addition to whole class and small group instruction, individual appointments are available for all students throughout the year.  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.

Antonette Barilla
Director of Academic and Bar Support, Assistant Professor of Law
Phone: (336) 279-9362

General Bar Exam Information

Registration deadlines vary by state and change periodically, so it is important that you look at your state's bar exam deadlines soon. The National Conference of Bar Examiner's website has all the information you need, plus links to every state's own website. Start at the National Conference of Bar Examiners home page or the NCBE Bar Admission Offices page for information on specific states. The "Comprehensive Guide" on that website has information on all the states in summary form.

Information about the North Carolina Board of Bar Examiners is available online and includes links to all important documents needed to sit for the NC Exam. The test is administered twice a year, in February and July.


The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a 60-question, two-hour-and-five-minute, multiple-choice examination administered three times each year. The purpose of the MPRE is to measure the examinee's knowledge and understanding of standards associated with lawyers’ professional conduct. It is based on the law governing the conduct of lawyers, including the disciplinary regulations of professional conduct set forth in the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, as well as generally recognized principles established in case law and in procedural and evidentiary rules as well as controlling constitutional decisions.  The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of all but three U.S. jurisdictions, (Maryland, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico). A list of jurisdictions currently using the MPRE is available on the MPRE website noted above. Passing scores are established by each jurisdiction.