Classroom to career

Law school is just the first step in your legal career. The Office of Career & Student Development helps students and alumni take the next step. It helps them explore career opportunities, sharpen their networking and professional skills, and connect to the legal community. The Office’s programs are tightly integrated with the innovative Elon Law curriculum, from the day you start law school to the day you start working as a lawyer.

The Office of Career and Student Development was instrumental in my success as a summer associate. This past year, I attended several panel discussions with employers hosted by the Office, which prepared me for what the expectations are of summer associates. I also completed a mock interview through the Office, from which I received important feedback that I was able to apply in my interview with The Fresh Market’s Senior Corporate Counsel.

Janean Bryant L’15

Exploring Your Career Options

A law degree creates many opportunities. Elon Law alumni work as attorneys in large firms and small, as lawyers for government agencies and nonprofit organizations, in corporate counsel offices and more.

All Elon Law students get full-time legal practice experience before they graduate. These take the form of full-time residencies in law practice, internships and serving clients in our four Elon Law clinics. Students also have opportunities to work as summer associates. The Office helps students identify and connect with these opportunities.

Every student is assigned an attorney mentor — one of four members of an individual legal success team — who provides a real-world view of day-to-day life as a lawyer.

Preparing for the Job Search

The legal skills and knowledge you gain in the classroom and through legal experience are critical to your success as a lawyer. Your networking and leadership skills, though, are also key to your professional success. The Office provides coaching and feedback on resumes, interviewing and networking skills. These further strengthen our graduates’ ability to find the jobs they want.

Connecting You to the Marketplace

The Office hosts a variety of on-campus and off-campus events where students can learn more about potential employers and different areas of legal practice. Elon taps its extensive professional and alumni network to connect law students and alumni with legal leaders. Through these events, students are able to develop one-on-one relationships with professionals in the legal community, including attorneys and judges.

Our online resources connect students and alumni with additional career opportunities.

Part of Your Legal Success Team

Career success is built into the Elon Law experience at every step. All students receive mentoring, coaching and guidance from their four-person legal success team. Each team includes a professor, an attorney-mentor, an executive leadership coach and a career development consultant. Professional development advisors are based in the Office to ensure that you gain access to all of the career and networking resources available to you through the law school.

Elon Law recognizes and adheres to Standard 211 of the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools which provides that: “Non-discrimination and equality of opportunity in legal education includes equal opportunity to obtain employment.” In accordance with this Standard and the School of Law’s commitment to the principle of equal opportunity in all of its programs and practices, the School of Law expects every employer to whom the Office of Student and Professional Life furnishes assistance and facilities for interviewing and other placement functions to observe principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age and disability in regard to hiring, promotion, retention and conditions of employment.

Elon University, including the School of Law, does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran’s status or any other characteristic protected by law in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, or the operation of any of its programs.