As part of Elon University School of Law’s mission to infuse its legal education with an emphasis on leadership development, the school formed the Leadership Fellows program in 2009.
Students invited into the Leadership Fellows program demonstrate exceptional leadership through community, collegiate, military, or other leadership experiences, as well as academic achievement. They also identify, through an essay in the Leadership Fellows application process, how the leadership skills they have acquired could be further developed and utilized at Elon University School of Law, in the practice of law, and in their communities.
In addition to monetary scholarship awards, other perquisites are made available to Leadership Fellows. For example, Leadership Fellows have an opportunity to serve in a public sector organization through a summer externship offered with course credit and a scholarship covering the tuition for the externship course and living expenses.
Fellows engage in special meetings with leadership guests. For example, in the recent past, Elon Law hosted national leaders such as two-term Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, former advisor to four U.S. presidents David Gergen, historian David McCullough, former Governor Jim Hunt, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Henry Frye.
Leadership Fellows are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA, assist administration and faculty with the Leadership Lecture Series and other leadership programming, and undertake a Capstone project during their third-year of study.