Clinical law programs that change lives

Client Lawyer Stock PhotoElon Law’s clinical programs put legal theory into practice, providing students with essential lawyering skills through casework management, research, writing, client interaction and courtroom advocacy, while also helping individuals in need.

Guardian ad Litem Appellate Advocacy Clinic

In the Guardian ad Litem Appellate Advocacy Clinic, students work under the supervision of a faculty member to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in appeals of juvenile matters in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and North Carolina Supreme Court.

Learn more about the Guardian ad Litem Appellate Advocacy Clinic. 

Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic

The Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic allows students under the supervision of law faculty to provide free legal services to low-income refugees and asylum seekers in North Carolina. The clinic began operations in January of 2011.

Learn more about the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic is a law office which provides business-related legal services to entrepreneurs and small business owners who would not otherwise be able to afford legal representation. Students participating in the clinic develop analytical, planning, editorial and counseling skills in the context of client projects and reality-grounded class work. Services provided by the clinic include, but are not limited to, choice of entity advising, organizational document drafting and review, contract review and drafting, employment and human resource advising, regulatory compliance, and drafting financing documentation.

Learn more about the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Clinic.

Constitutional Law Appellate Advocacy Clinic

Students in the Constitutional Law Appellate Advocacy Clinic work under the close supervision of a law school faculty member to research, draft, and submit an amicus brief on a constitutional law-related topic to the Supreme Court of the United States or one of the federal Courts of Appeals. Students represent clients who have interests implicated by the ongoing litigation and desire to have their concerns represented before the federal courts.

Wills Drafting Clinic

Elon Law’s Wills Drafting Clinic gives students the opportunity to represent low-income homeowners referred by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro. Students interview clients, draft documents to meet the needs of clients, conference with clients to explain and review documents, and oversee the self-proving signing protocol for those documents, all under supervision of faculty. The wills drafting course operates as a firm, where students alternate serving as the firm’s managing partner. In firm meetings, students present an ethical problem related to wills drafting and engage the class in a detailed exploration of legal issues surrounding and transfer of property at death in North Carolina.

Learn more about the Wills Drafting Clinic.

Expunction Clinic

Elon Law partnered with Legal Aid of North Carolina and others in the legal profession in October 2023 to host its first ever expunction clinic for residents in the Guilford County community who qualify for services. Expunction is the legal process for removing a criminal conviction or dismissed charge from a person’s record. It is, in essence, a fresh start. Read our story for more information about the program.