The Business Fellows program is designed to provide students with the essential knowledge and practical, hands-on experience needed to become exceptional business attorneys.
In addition to the many experiential learning opportunities provided to Business Fellows and detailed below, the Fellows program also provides:
- a Business Fellows Scholarship toward tuition during the academic year, renewable assuming continued participation in the Business Fellows Program;
- a stipend covering the tuition cost and living expenses for a summer externship in a corporate or business setting, such as an in-house legal department.
The Business Fellows program equips future attorneys with the knowledge and skills necessary to become lawyers who will understand their clients’ businesses, ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large, publicly-traded companies, and provide these clients useful counsel on both the legal and business challenges confronting them.
The breadth of experience Elon Law provides, and the emphasis on “doing” rather than just “studying,” helps Elon Law Business Fellows to appreciate that modern business clients require their lawyers not just to answer discrete legal questions, but to understand the interconnectedness between legal and business issues. When they graduate, Business Fellows will have the foundation to become lawyers who will understand their clients’ businesses and provide useful counsel on both legal and business challenges confronting their clients.
Highlights of Elon Law’s Business Fellows Program
Each Business Fellow will take a core curriculum of business courses, such as Business Associations, Income Taxation, Securities Regulation, Secured Transactions, Business Drafting, and Negotiations. In addition, Business Fellows will have learning experiences outside the classroom, including:
- A summer externship in a corporate or business setting, such as in-house legal departments;
- Opportunities to meet with leading business lawyers and business leaders through an annual speaker series. In recent years, speakers have included: Louis Bledsoe, North Carolina Business Court judge; John Fukunaga, executive vice resident, deputy general counsel, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Garland Graham, attorney with Schell Bray; Lee Lloyd, investment banker and business attorney with J. Lee Lloyd, LLC; Alan Palmiter, Wake Forest law professor; JonMarc Buffa, senior trial attorney, Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
- Opportunities to counsel businesses through the law school’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic.