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. Specific information for 2L students about the Residency requirement can be found here. 

There are three paths for obtaining a Residency. For 2019, the Judicial Residency path for NC judges has closed. However, you can still seek a judicial residency OUT-OF-STATE through the Independently Arranged Residency Path. The Application deadline is August 31, as explained in greater detail below.  

You can browse the most recent list of law offices participating in the 2019 Residency Match this fall to help you decide whether to arrange your own outside of the NC metropolitan areas. The list is organized into three groups of opportunities based on the type of client you would be serving:

This list continues to be updated as law firms, nonprofit organizations and companies sign on for 2019. 

Instructions for Obtaining a Residency

The Independently Arranged Placement  (the path for those who want to go elsewhere):

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 Fall Residency Match

By September 2018, our catalog of governmental agencies, law firms, public interest organizations and corporations that plan to accept Residency placements will be complete.  At that time, the Residency application process for students will open. Students will have the opportunity to state their top five preferences of placement with the preferred term.    STUDENTS WHO WANT TO DO THEIR RESIDENCY IN A METROPOLITAN AREA IN NORTH CAROLINA, ESPECIALLY IN GREENSBORO AND IN THE TWO ELON LAW CLINICS (Immigration and Small Business), MUST GO THROUGH THIS MATCHING PROCESS. Opportunities outside these areas are also included in the Residency catalog, so ALL students should consider going through the Match process. 

Most students obtain their Residency placement through the Match process. The vast majority get their first choice of placement. Otherwise, the second and third choices almost always work out. No student will be placed where they are not willing to go.   


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. 

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