Elon University School of Law is committed to the success of its students and alumni. The mission of the Office of Academic Success (“OAS”) is to advance our commitment by providing the resources needed to succeed in law school, pass the bar examination, and develop habits that will carry over into a professional setting. We embrace the principles of engaged learning, self-regulated learning and leadership, which are key components of the Elon Law philosophy of learning. OAS partners with the doctrinal faculty, the senior administration and outside experts to achieve our mission and promote the principles we embrace.
OAS recognizes that preparing students to become lawyers who excel at the highest levels in the profession requires an emphasis on developing self-awareness throughout the process of learning. We advance self-awareness through plenary lectures, small group, and one-on-one instruction in critical skill areas necessary for positive outcomes in law school and on the bar examination. OAS has designed a curriculum premised on best practices intended to empower students to successfully self-regulate their learning through immersive (deep absorption), iterative (repetition) and integrated (unifying separate concepts) approaches to the study of law.
What Students Are Saying About OAS
“I came to law school…with no prior legal experience. Despite being told that law school can be difficult, I took no heed of that advice during the first trimester. I was aware the Office of Academic Success existed, and that I could visit the professors to iron out any questions I may have had. Despite that, I made zero visits. The next trimester, I visited Professor Cyr in OAS on a weekly basis, frequently receiving practice problems, both essay and multiple choice, and finishing them within a few days. Professor Cyr and I would then go over my answers at the next meeting, and this pattern was tremendously helpful.” – Member of the Class of 2020
“When I received the results of my first set of law school grades I was shocked, confused, and disappointed, but not discouraged. I immediately began weekly meetings with the Office of Academic Success to help me move past such a difficult fall term. I learned how to find various study tools and methods to test what works best for my learning style, how to write an essay for law school, how to use constructive criticism on my memos, and how to budget my time between classes so no class becomes neglected.” – Member of the Class of 2020
The required and elective courses listed below provide a comprehensive program from Orientation through bar exam preparation.
First-year Required Courses
Introduction to Legal Studies (ILS) – LAW 605 (3 credits)
Introduction to Legal Studies (“ILS”) begins two weeks immediately prior to the official start of law school classes and continues in the fall, winter and spring trimesters. The course is intended to reinforce knowledge of the substantive law and to teach skills and strategies for learning and understanding by helping students develop competency in a number of areas including the foundations of the United States legal structure; the organization and structuring of course related materials; the identification of critical facts in a hypothetical and their effective evaluation; strategies for identifying legal issues and learning legal analysis; the ability to deconstruct, understand and apply rules of law and directions on preparing for class, time management and taking law school and bar exam style tests. This is a graded course (Pass/Fail) with assessments given throughout the year.
Second-year Elective Courses
Mastering Legal Analysis – LAW 683 (2 credits)
Mastering Legal Analysis is designed to improve students’ ability to deconstruct legal rules, to explain and evaluate the significance of facts, to thoroughly support conclusions of law, and to effectively organize content. These skills are critical in applying law to the hypothetical questions typical of both law school and bar exams. The hands-on learning methodology used in the course will include in-class analytical and writing work in both individual and group settings. This is a graded course.
Bar Exam Foundations: MBE – LAW 833 (2 credits)(online)
The primary goal of this course is to develop expertise in sound analytical processes necessary for multiple choice questions. Instruction will include strategies for answering Multistate Bar Exam style questions as well as deepening student knowledge about the substantive underpinnings of the law. Instruction will occur within the context of core courses, including Contracts, Torts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Property, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Evidence. All instruction is conducted online. This is a graded course. The final examination consists of a three hour simulated Multistate Bar Examination. All first-year courses are prerequisites for this course.
Bar Exam Foundations: MEE – LAW 835 (2 credits)(online)
This course is designed to provide students experience in and practice with the essay portion of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The course will promote legal analysis and communication skills needed to succeed on the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE). The course will present instruction in the most successful strategies and tactics for answering short essay questions and provide students opportunities for application and practice. This is a graded course and is offered fully online. The final examination will consist of a three-hour simulated MEE essay examination. All first-year courses are prerequisites for this course.
Bar Exam Foundations: MPT – LAW 832 (2 credits)(online)
The primary goal of this course is to introduce the student to the Multistate Performance Test portion of the Uniform Bar Exam (as well as the MPT administered in some non-UBE states). The skills necessary for assessing a client file, identifying issues, and reaching and communicating legal conclusions will be emphasized. All instruction is conducted on-line. This is a graded course. All first-year courses are pre-requisites for this course.
2L Bar Edge
The 2L Bar Edge program is centered on preparing second-year law students for the road to the bar exam. 2L Bar Edge is an asynchronous, online program providing students with subject-matter review and practice for better retention and recall on the bar exam, as well as providing helpful and motivational information to build a solid foundation for the start of their bar exam preparation after graduation. The year-long program is aimed at reviewing six (6) bar-tested subjects while also offering information relative to the bar exam application process, bar study financing, and bar exam preparation (planning, the study process, and mindset). The program is structured to run in a self-paced, three-week format each trimester, wherein program participants watch short video lectures, review bar study material, and complete practice MBEs and MEEs focused on specific subtopics covered on the bar exam. Afterward, students practice with a simulated, mini bar exam that consists of 30 multiple choice questions and two essay questions.
Third-year Required Course
Bar Exam Foundations – LAW 822 (2 credits)
This course, which takes place during the final trimester of the third year, is designed to help students maximize their performance on the bar exam. In addition to reviewing selected bar-tested topics, students will be directed to develop expert study strategies. The course will also provide students exposure to and experience in each of the three components of the Uniform Bar Exam—multiple choice, essays, and performance tests. Course assessments will be based on simulated bar exam components. This is a graded course. Assessments will be based on simulated bar examinations. Enrollment in this course is limited to third-year students. This course is not available to satisfy the upper level writing requirement.
In addition to whole class and small group instruction, individual appointments are available for all students throughout the year. Students use these appointments for a variety of purposes. The agenda for these meetings is determined by the student’s interests and needs, including, but not limited to:
- refining study methods based on an assessment of learning styles
- enhancing organizational methods
- improving test taking skills
- dealing with time and stress management
- making good grades better
- making disappointing grades good
The OAS team consists of an associate dean, assistant director, two full-time instructors and an administrative assistant. The staff has experience in both the practice of law and teaching.
Academic Fellows are upper level students selected for their academic achievement, commitment to the Elon Law community, aptitude for expert learning strategies, and interest in education. They participate in training based on the leading research and practices on providing effective feedback and mentoring to law students and facilitate implementation of OAS curriculum.
General Bar Examination Information
Registration deadlines vary by state and change periodically, so it is important that you look at your state’s bar exam deadlines soon.
The National Conference of Bar Examiner’s website has all the information you need, plus links to every state’s own website. Start at the National Conference of Bar Examiners home page or the NCBE Jurisdiction Information page for information on specific states. The “Comprehensive Guide” on that website has information on all the states in summary form.
Information about the North Carolina Board of Bar Examiners is available online and includes links to all important documents needed to sit for the UBE exam in North Carolina. The test is administered twice a year, in February and July.
Below are links to FAQs about the bar exam and a link to the ABA reports.
- FAQ Handbook (requires elon.edu username and password)
- Elon Law Bar Passage Information, Including ABA Bar Passage Data Reports
The Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is a 60-question, two-hour-and-five-minute, multiple-choice examination administered three times each year. The purpose of the MPRE is to measure the examinee’s knowledge and understanding of standards associated with lawyers’ professional conduct. It is based on the law governing the conduct of lawyers, including the disciplinary regulations of professional conduct set forth in the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct, as well as generally recognized principles established in case law and in procedural and evidentiary rules as well as controlling constitutional decisions. A list of jurisdictions currently using the MPRE is available on the MPRE website, www.ncbex.org/exams/mpre. Passing scores are established by each jurisdiction.
Pro Bono Requirements
Many states require applicants to have worked a number of pro bono hours prior to their admission to practice law. Please check the state bar website of the state in which you intend to practice to ensure compliance with this requirement. The Law School provides a number of opportunities for pro bono service. For additional information, please contact the Office of Career and Student Development.