Welcome to the Residency Placement Portal for 2019

During the Winter or Spring Trimester of their 2L year, every Elon Law student will complete a full-time (32-36 hours/week), 10-week Residency-in-Practice with a licensed attorney or a judge in an approved governmental, judicial, non-profit, corporate or law firm setting. General information about the Residency requirement can be found here. 

The Fall Residency Match for 2019

All 2Ls who did not secure a Residency placement through the Judicial Residency Match or through the Independently Arranged Residency process MUST be matched with a Residency placement through the Fall Residency Match.  If you are one of these 2Ls, you have great options. 

Through the form linked below, you may submit your Residency preferences as early as Monday, September 17 but no later than 5 pm on Friday, September 21.  You MUST also upload a completely updated resume to Symplicity by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 21. Be sure to include any summer internship or externship you completed, and any fall internships or externships in which you are currently participating. 

Any student who fails to complete the preference form by 5 pm on Friday, September 21 will be placed after those students who met the deadline. 


You are encouraged to take time to consider your options.  Students submitting their preferences on Monday are no better off than those submitting their preferences on Friday.  This is not first come, first served.  

Review the 2019 Residency Catalog thoroughly and identify opportunities that will position you to learn the law and the skills that will be helpful in your career path. If you don't see anything that matches perfectly or if you don't know what you want to do, look for opportunities that will help you decide on a career path or provide you with easily transferable skills.  Be expansive and think outside the box.  If you have access to a car, consider options that require a bit of a commute, keeping in mind that your Residency is only for 10 weeks.  Or consider a placement in Arizona, D.C., or Kentucky.  

The 2019 Residency Catalog is available through the links below, as well as in hard copy form here


The Residency Preference Form in now available here.  The steps for completing the form are set forth below and on the form.  

The Director of Residencies will recommend student candidates to Residency sites based on students’ answers provided on their preference form, supporting information found on their resume, and where applicable, their grades. She will aim to position every student for their most preferred placement, but some sites are in high demand and more students may request the site than there are spots available for that site.  In the end, it is the attorney or judge on-site who decides whether to accept a student.  Some will require an interview before making a decision.  For these reasons, you are required to list five placement possibilities.  

What counts most in determining a good Residency match?  The rank and weight of your preferred placements AND the requirements and expectations set forth by the Field Supervisor at those placements. 

The more flexible you are, the better.  Most placements are willing to take a student both for Winter and for Spring Trimesters. Thus, if you really want to be at such a placement, you may list it twice.  For example, if you really want to do your Residency at Legal Aid of NC but have a slight preference for the Winter term, you would list #1 as Legal Aid of NC, and click Winter term; then list #2 as Legal Aid of NC, and click Spring term.  You would then list three additional placements that would be good opportunities as well.  

You will also have the opportunity to indicate the weight of your preferences, so you must decide how strongly you feel about each of your selected placements.  The scale is 1 - 5.  The higher the number indicates the more interest you have in that placement.   Giving the same weight to two or more placements indicates that you feel equally strong about those placements.  So, using the same example as above, to show a slight preference for Winter or Spring term at Legal Aid of NC, you would give a weight of 5 for Winter and a 4 for Spring.  If you feel equally strongly, and moderately strongly, about all five of your selected placements, you would weight all five with a 3.  

Finally, you will be given the opportunity to provide an explanation of why you are interested in your choices.  The reasons might include your past experience, special knowledge or skills, or future goals.  This explanation is optional and may be obvious from your resume.  But if it is not obvious or if you want to emphasize something, take advantage of the opportunity to provide the information. 

All these steps will increase the probabilities of you getting one of your preferred Residency placements, though ultimately it is the attorney or judge on-site who will decide whether your placement is approved.  In any case, you will not be placed where you do not want to go.  

The goal to have all students placed by the end of the Fall Trimester.   Priority will be given to students seeking Winter placements.  


The 2019 Residency Catalog is organized into three groups of opportunities based on the type of client you would be serving.  You should be able to access the website of each organization by clicking on its name. 

*Indicates placements where students may be certified to represent clients in court

If you have questions or concerns about the process, contact Professor Cindy Adcock at or in Room A223. 

Pathways to a Residency now closed. 

The Independently Arranged Placement:  CLOSED FOR 2019

STUDENTS WANTING TO DO THEIR RESIDENCY OUTSIDE OF THE METROPOLITAN AREAS OF NORTH CAROLINA may arrange their own Residency. The application will be in two parts. The link to Part One, which students complete, is here. Once this part of the application is submitted, the Director of Residencies will send Part Two to the prospective field supervisor identified in Part One.  Information for your prospective supervisor can be found here

A number of websites serve as year-round clearinghouses for organizations looking for student interns. You may review the links to these websites in Career Resources on Symplicity. 

The following are the applicable parameters for students seeking independently arranged residency placements:

  1. The DEADLINE for submitting an application through this path is AUGUST 31. Students without an independently arranged residency by this date MUST go through the Residency Match in September. Extensions of time will only be granted where the placement has been secured and the paperwork is in process. 
  2. BEFORE contacting a potential independent placement site, you MUST check with the Office of Career & Student Development (Melissa Duncan at or Jennifer Mencarini at or the Director of Residencies (Professor Cindy Adcock, to determine whether the location of your independent placement has already expressed an interest in participating or not participating in the Residency Program. If either is the case, students MUST NOT contact the site to arrange an independent residency.
  3. Similarly, certain high-profile placement locations should be contacted by Elon Law directly instead of by the interested student. Please confer with Professor Adcock, Dean Duncan, or Ms. Mencarini before reaching out to ANY potential placement location.
  4. To qualify as a Residency, the placement location must provide opportunities for the student to engage in substantial lawyering experience reasonably similar to the experience of a lawyer advising or representing a client or engaging in other lawyering tasks under direct attorney or judicial supervision.   
  5. You must be supervised in a Residency by a lawyer who has a minimum of four (4) years of full-time practice experience.
  6. The supervising lawyer or judge must not be a member of your family.
  7. The Director of Residencies will notify students who apply for an independently arranged Residency of her decision or of the need for more information on a rolling basis. To prevent a denial, be sure to follow all the parameters above. 

The Judicial Residency:  CLOSED FOR 2019

Judicial Residencies are an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the justice system from the inside, to network, and to build your resume. The catalog of participating judges and courts is here. If you did well in Legal Method and Communication check out the catalog!  We are fortunate to have judicial residency opportunities not only with federal and state judges that require applicants be at the top of their class but also opportunities with specialty courts that care only that candidates have strong writing skills and an interest in the subject matter. 

The application process for a Judicial Residency listed in the catalog involves two steps.  STEP ONE: Complete the form here. STEP TWO: Email the required application materials for each of your preferred placements to by MAY 21. 

Students who apply for a Judicial Residency but do not receive an offer, may proceed along either Path Two or Three to obtain their Residency. Students who are interested in judicial placements in states OTHER than North Carolina are encouraged to review the resources listed here. If you have questions about contacting an out-of-state judge or court, please contact the Director of Residencies or the Office of Career & Student Development for assistance. Once you obtain a judicial internship outside of North Carolina, you can apply to make it a Residency per the instructions in Path Two.