Real-world learning through practice experience
Elon Law’s curriculum includes a full-time, course-connected residency-in-practice for every student. Residencies give students valuable experience, deepening their knowledge, skill and judgment. Elon Law is the first and only U.S. law school to integrate in-depth learning by doing into its curriculum through faculty-directed residencies.
Bridging the divide between the academy and the bar
Residencies create the opportunity for partnerships between Elon Law and the practicing bar and bench, unlike any working relationship in the profession. Through residencies, judges and lawyers shape the future of the profession of law. They teach future colleagues about the ethics, professionalism, knowledge, skill and judgment essential to the profession’s relevance and effectiveness in society. Unlike typical summer programs, residencies enable supervising judges and lawyers to benefit from student assistance throughout the year, allowing legal organizations to spread out their engagement with law students.
In their residency, second-year law students work 32-36 hours a week over a 10-week trimester. Students work with their judge or attorney supervisor and a faculty member to create a learning plan for their residency. The learning plan includes developing the student’s increased proficiency in at least two legal skills and in an area of law practice.
The cornerstone of a new approach to legal education
Residencies are the most immersive of Elon Law’s hands-on practice experiences integrated into the entire curriculum. Through residencies, students cultivate essential skills, values and judgment to help them excel as attorneys and deepen their understanding about career interests, while enabling attorneys to convey wisdom to law students about the practice of law.
“In today’s world of law practice, it’s essential that attorneys, legal organizations and law schools collaborate in the professional preparation of new lawyers. The clients and communities we serve expect and deserve seasoned legal counsel, even from junior attorneys. Law students can cultivate expertise through in-depth, on-the-job training, interwoven with the study of law and other skill building experiences in law school. Students can benefit a great deal from the insight and guidance of accomplished attorneys. I’m excited about the possibility of shifting our profession’s approach to new lawyer development. We just need to work together to make it happen.” - Afi Johnson-Parris, president, Greensboro Bar Association, attorney, Ward Black Law, Greensboro, N.C.
“The immersive work placements I experienced as an Elon Law student proved tremendously helpful in my legal education and professional development. They provided me with important connections and deep insight into the practice of law. Elon Law's residency program goes further. It presents an opportunity for lawyers to take a direct role in shaping the future of the profession. It is an important new avenue to cultivate values, judgment and skills in new attorneys, so that they can provide insightful counsel in a rapidly changing business environment.” - Nathan Standley L’11, attorney, Allen & Pinnix, P.A., Raleigh, N.C.
”Elon Law prepared me for success because my legal education did not end at legal theory. Elon Law went a step further, teaching the practical application of the law and showing me how to use my skills to serve clients and the community. Through residency experiences Elon Law students will become prepared to meet today’s expectations for lawyers, to be not just legal experts but also professional problem solvers who can provide economical and practical solutions for their clients.” - Rachael Dimont L’10, Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A., Winston-Salem, N.C.
Questions about Elon Law’s residency-in-practice program? Contact Assistant Professor Kathy Conner, director of residencies at Elon Law, at email@example.com or 336-279-9311, 201 N. Greene Street, Greensboro, NC, 27401.