Welcome to the Student Portal for Residency Placement Information
Every Elon Law 2L “goes out on Residency” in either his or her Winter or Spring Trimester. This experience, formally known as a Residency-in-Practice, provides students with legal training in the field under the supervision of a licensed attorney or a judge in an approved governmental, judicial, nonprofit, corporate or law firm setting. Academic rigor is ensured through faculty-guided reflection and discussions.
General information about the Residency requirement can be found here.
For Current 2L Students
The number of hours of work required at your field placement depends on the number of credits you are taking.
7 credits = 315 hours over 10 weeks or 31.5 hours per week
8 credits = 360 hours over 10 weeks or 36 hours per week
Spring Residents – Important Dates
- June 7: Presumptive end date. May vary based on holidays, weather closings, sick days, etc. Your final day is driven not only by when your hours are completed but when your professional responsibilities are met.
For Current 1L Students
There are three paths to securing a Residency-in-Practice: 1) The Judicial Residency May Match; 2) The Independently Arranged Residency; and 3) The Fall Residency Match.
1. The Judicial Residency May Match
Judicial Residencies are an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the justice system from the inside, to network, and to build your resume. We are fortunate to have judicial residency opportunities not only with federal and state judges who 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. So, if you did well in Legal Method and Communication, consider a Judicial Residency.
To pursue a Judicial Residency in North Carolina, review the catalog of opportunities for 2020 (password protected). You may apply for up to four placements. The application process involves two steps, both of which must be completed by MAY 13. First, complete an application, available here. The SECOND STEP is to email the required application materials for each of your preferred placements to email@example.com. Many of the judges require not only a resume but also a writing sample and cover letter. Consider having others review your materials before sending them. Dean Duncan and Ms. Mencarini in the Office of Career & Student Development are available by appointment to provide assistance.
To pursue a Judicial Residency in states OTHER than North Carolina follow the instructions for an Independently Arranged Residency.
Students who participate in the Judicial Residency May Match but do not receive an offer, may proceed along either of the other paths to obtain their Residency.
2. The Independently Arranged Placement
Students may arrange their own Residency OUTSIDE OF THE METROPOLITAN AREAS OF CHARLOTTE, THE TRIAD, AND THE TRIANGLE as long as the prospective placement is NOT listed in the most recent catalog of participating sites.
Thus, STEP ONE of your search for an Independently Arranged Residency is to review the 2020 Residency Catalog (password protected) to get an idea of the Residencies that will be offered for 2021. Note that some sites listed have dropped out of the program and others may be added.
If none of the opportunities in the Residency Catalog interests you AND your desired Residency placement site is OUTSIDE OF CHARLOTTE, THE TRIAD, AND THE TRIANGLE, STEP TWO is to find an experienced attorney or judge who is willing to supervise you in a Residency. To qualify as a Residency, the placement location must provide opportunities for you 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. The supervising attorney must have a minimum of four (4) years of full-time practice experience and must not be a member of your family. Information about the expectations of Residency Field Supervisors, found here, should be shared with any prospective supervisors.
[If you have already have a prospective field supervisor in mind, jump to PRE-CHECK below.]
- Nonprofits, governmental agencies, and in-house counsel offices that advertise for unpaid interns are good candidates for a Residency placement. They often have a history of working with similar law school programs. Internship listings received by the law school are posted in Symplicity, which also contains a wealth of information on how to get an internship and evaluations by Elon students of places they have worked.
- A number of websites serve as year-round clearinghouses for organizations looking for student interns. You can find the links to these websites in Career Resources on Symplicity. For your convenience, here is a list of some of the best national and international internship online databases:
- PSJD is an initiative of NALP and includes an online clearinghouse for law students and lawyers to connect with public interest job listings and career-building resources. Includes Public Interest positions nationally & internationally. Registration is free.
- Arizona Handbooks contains both the GOVERNMENT HONORS AND INTERNSHIP HANDBOOK, detailing entry level honors programs and summer legal internship opportunities with federal government and the PUBLIC POLICY HANDBOOK, a listing of policy internships, programs, clerkships, and fellowships divided by state. Obtain password from OCSD.
- CEI Internships is an individually researched internship site that gathers information directly from employers interested in hiring college and law students. The law student information is organized in books by practice area and state. You can find information on Legal Services Internships, Women’s Rights Internships, Green Law, Internships on International Affairs, Washington Internships on Law and Policy, to name a few. Obtain password from OCSD.
- Internships.com is billed as “the world’s largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education institutions together in one centralized location.” Endorsed by Forbes as a top-10 internship search tool.
- USAJOBS: Pathways Internship & Recent Graduate Program is for currently enrolled students and recent graduates from qualifying educational institutions or programs who seek dynamic federal internships and career development programs with training and mentorship.
- PRE-CHECK: BEFORE contacting any potential independent placement site, you MUST check with the Office of Career & Student Development (Dean Melissa Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Mencarini at email@example.com) or the Director of Residencies (Assistant Professor Kathy Conner, firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine whether you may contact the site. This STEP insures that you are not interfering with a relationship already established by Elon with that site and, in certain high-profile placement locations best contacted by Elon Law directly, that you are not undermining your chances of securing a Residency.
Once you have an interested and qualified attorney or judge, STEP THREE is to submit an application for approval. The application has two parts. The link to Part One, which students complete, is available 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.
TIMELINE: The DEADLINE for submitting an application for an Independently Arranged Residency 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 (or is likely to be secured) and the paperwork is in process.
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.
3. The Fall Residency Match
All 2Ls who do not secure a Residency placement through the Judicial Residency Match or through the Independently Arranged Residency process MUST be matched with a Residency placement through the Fall Residency Match. Details about this Match are to be announced. To get a sense of the placements that will be available, check out the 2020 Residency Catalog (password protected).
If you have questions or concerns about the process, contact Assistant Professor Kathy Conner at email@example.com or in Room A223.