Elon Law to Close All Facilities for Spring Trimester

In light of Elon University’s announcement that extended online learning on main campus through the end of its spring semester, and to keep Elon Law in alignment with university operations and adherence to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order intended to limit the community transmission of COVID-19, effective March 30:

  • In-person classroom instruction has been cancelled for the rest of the 2020 Spring Trimester. All classes will be taught online through June. 
  • All final exams will be administered online in June.
  • Elon Law facilities will remain closed to students and the general public through the end of final exams in June.
  • All student organization meetings and activities scheduled through the Spring Trimester, including Barristers Ball, are cancelled.
  • Summer school 2020 remains on schedule.  August session for incoming 1L students remains on schedule. The Fall Trimester remains on schedule.

“I am grateful for the understanding you have shown in these trying and challenging times,” Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman said in a message to the community announcing the changes. “As attorneys and future attorneys, we must adapt to facts and circumstances as they are, not as we wish them to be. Students… your flexibility over the past few weeks is a positive sign that you are preparing well for your careers in the legal profession. Colleagues… your swift adjustments to online teaching demonstrate that innovation truly is baked into our institutional DNA. It is a sign of strength in our student body and our faculty and staff that our law school is able to pivot in such a fashion without losing sight of our important mission: to prepare the next generation of lawyer leaders.”

Previous Updates and Important Information

MARCH 27, 2020: A statewide stay-at-home order issued by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper will extend the closure of Elon Law’s downtown Greensboro facilities through April 29, 2020.

MARCH 25, 2020: Elon Law will temporarily close all facilities in downtown Greensboro after Guilford County and the City of Greensboro imposed mandatory stay-at-home orders as the region seeks to slow the spread of COVID-19. Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27, the building will be closed. At this time, Elon Law administrators anticipate the closure of facilities to run through Wednesday, April 29. (Note: This information has been updated to reflect North Carolina’s stay-at-home order; original plans were to reopen facilities after April 19.)

Online instruction residencies-in-practice for the start of the spring trimester on March 30 will continue as previously scheduled. The Admissions Office also will continue its recruitment of the Class of 2022, which enrolls in August, with applicant interviews to be conducted by phone as part of the admissions process.

Guilford County and the City of Greensboro have announced stay-at-home orders with Greensboro’s taking effect at 5 p.m. Friday, March 27.

Students who have financial aid checks or spring trimester books to pick up from the Registrar’s Office must do so by Friday afternoon. The Registrar is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Students who need to retrieve personal belongings from their lockers or study carrels should retrieve those by Friday at 5 p.m. Faculty and staff with items needed from the law school for the next few weeks also should retrieve them by Friday at 5 p.m. Anyone in the building is asked to exercise appropriate social distancing while interacting at Elon Law. The Office of Career & Student Development, Office of Academic Success, Registrar’s Office, the Law Library and other law school departments are available to assist students remotely. Students should reach out to Elon Law staff by phone, email and other electronic means of communication.

MARCH 23, 2020: Access is limited to the main law school building and is reserved solely for Elon Law students, faculty and staff. During normal operating hours, all members of the law school community will enter the building through the main lobby doors. The building is open to accommodate students who need to use the library for research, to take advantage of the WiFi for online classes, or benefit from the quiet environment of the library for evening study given the public school closures and other disruptions facing our community. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to work remotely and limit their time in the law school building. When in the building, please concentrate on social distancing and health precautions. To limit the areas that the environmental services (cleaning) staff must focus on each evening, students may only visit the library, the locker area and Registrar’s Office. All classrooms will be locked, and students are asked not to sit in the Cemala Commons area. This will allow the cleaning crews more time to concentrate on cleaning and disinfecting the library, lobby and office areas. Anyone with technology needs should contact the Elon Law Information Technology office at (336) 279-9259 or the Elon University IT Helpdesk at (336) 278-5200.  For issues with instructional technology, such as TWEN, Moodle, WebEx, etc., contact Kolton Wade at kwade5@elon.edu.  For hardware issues, contact Tony Winstead at awinstead2@elon.edu.

MARCH 20, 2020: Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman has announced that all in-person classroom instruction will be suspended through April 19. Courses will be taught online by faculty. Only Elon Law’s main building (Weaver building) will be operational over Spring Break, except for March 23, when the building will be closed for a previously scheduled holiday. “These are unusual times and it is no easy feat to accomplish the adjustments that we are undertaking without some level of discomfort and disruption,” Bierman said in a message to Elon Law students, faculty and staff. “We are attempting to be nimble in response yet sensitive to the many situations in which our community members find themselves, while trying hard to keep on track for academic progress. Your compassion and empathy are not only appreciated but reflective of our community’s culture and our profession’s signature service to others. We are ready to continue this effort, working together.”

  • Spring Trimester will commence as scheduled on March 30.
  • In-person classroom instruction will be suspended from March 30 through April 19.
  • All instruction will be held online. Faculty and/or information technology will communicate with students about online instruction.
  • Residencies-in-practice will continue as scheduled, with any individual situations to be resolved with Professor Kathy Conner.
  • All student organization meetings and activities will be cancelled through April 19. Elon Law is reviewing other meetings and activities during the spring.
  • All non-essential university sponsored travel is suspended.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there university resources I can access should I feel ill?

Yes. All Elon Law students have access to the Student Health Services at 301 S. O’Kelly Avenue in Elon. Hours are posted on the Student Health Services website.

What about mental health or emotional distress resources?

Given the recommendation encouraging social distancing to disrupt and minimize the spread of COVID-19, Counseling Services will not be providing routine, in-person appointments. Any active clients may consult with their assigned provider regarding treatment needs during this disruption of typical services. The Crisis Counselor-On Call is available 24/7 for urgent mental health needs, regardless of location, via Campus Safety & Police by calling, (336) 278-5555.

Elon Law students have resources available through BarCARES. BarCARES is a confidential short-term counseling provided cost-free to students. Call 1-800-640-0735 or visit www.barcares.org.

Counseling Services also offers access to TAO, an online resource that can be used to provide psycho-educational and skill-based learning around anxiety, mindfulness, and other mental health topics. Additionally, the CDC offers some helpful tips about mental health and coping during COVID-19.

Does the Elon Law Honor Code apply to online and remote learning?

Yes. While online examinations pose specific issues and concerns, if you have evidence and know that someone has violated the Honor Code, you have the right to file a formal complaint. Review the rules for filing a complaint before using this link. Remember: there are consequences for filing false allegations of Honor Code violations.

Is the Elon Law library still open?

The Elon Law Library is closed to students and the public through the end of final exams for the 2020 Spring Trimester in June. Library staff are still available to assist students and faculty via email.

Are there resources available for online study aid?

Elon Law Library staff are arranging for online study aid access for the Spring Trimester and will provide information soon on how to access those resources. Details will be sent by email and posted on the Elon Law Library blog.

How do I schedule appointments with the Office of Career & Student Development?

During this time, please schedule a career counseling appointment on Symplicity or reach out to Stacie Dooley via email for a student life appointment. When you schedule an appointment, please indicate whether you prefer phone or video conferencing.

Are resume and cover letter reviews still available through the Office of Career & Student Development?

Students and graduates may continue to use the Resume & Cover Letter Drop Box for resume and/or cover letter review.

If needed, how do I access the Elon Law Food Bank?

Should you at any time experience food insecurity, students are reminded that there is a food pantry located in the lower level of the library (Room 094), near the IT Services office.

Prospective Students

Elon Law accepting applications & admitting students for fall 2020; applicant interviews to be held by phone

  • Elon Law is continuing to accept applications and admit students for fall 2020.
  • However, the Office of Admissions has suspended all in-person interviews through the spring.
  • Interviews with prospective students will continue to be scheduled by phone and/or video conferencing.
  • Admitted Students Day, originally set for April 3, will be rescheduled at a future date.
  • Prospective students are strongly discouraged from visiting Elon Law unannounced until operations return to normal. For more information, email lawadmissions@elon.edu.

After viewing our virtual tour, please email us at lawadmissions@elon.edu if you would like to make an appointment to speak with an admissions ambassador.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a prospective student. Will my application still be considered and when will I hear of a decision?

Yes. Elon Law is still accepting and evaluating applications for admission to the Class of 2022, which enrolls in August. See Elon Law’s Office of Admissions web page for additional information.

Can I visit for my interview or a campus tour?

All in-person admissions interviews have been cancelled for the spring. Elon Law’s Office of  Admissions will work with students previously scheduled to visit to arrange remote interviews by phone or video. We ask that prospective students help us with social distancing by refraining from making visits to Elon Law, which is now closed through mid June to students and the general public.