New Student Orientation

Lawyering Leadership & Professionalism

Welcome to Elon Law!

I’m pleased to introduce you Elon Law School’s Leadership Program.  Through this program, I believe you will gain a unique perspective on the legal profession and your role as a lawyer.  In preparation for your orientation on Thursday, August 15, please read and be prepared to discuss the excerpts below.  The first reading is from The Leading Lawyer, which provides context for studying leadership as a part of the law school curriculum.  The second excerpt from Leadership for Lawyers discusses the importance of leadership skills in the context of practicing law.  This introductory discussion will prepare you for the winter term course “Lawyering, Leadership, and Professionalism.”

We are proud that our Leadership Program has been selected as a recipient of the American Bar Association’s E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award.  This national distinction as a program “worthy of emulation by law schools across the nation” is a wonderful honor, and a tangible example of the excellent educational program that you have selected. 
Enjoy the final days of summer, and I look forward to seeing you at the Leadership Orientation on Thursday, August 15!

All the best,

Prof. Faith Rivers James


The Leading Lawyer Excerpt

Leadership for Lawyers