Fall 2021 Entering Class

We look forward to welcoming the Elon Law Class of 2023 in August.  We are excited that this year’s Orientation, the August Term and academic year will be in person on the law school’s Greensboro campus.

Below is some information and tasks to complete before your arrival. We will make updates to this checklist throughout the summer and indicate any changes with a dated notation (e.g., UPDATED: 6/1/2021).

Administrative Requirements & Information

  • Elon Email: You will receive an Elon email account by mid-July to use for school purposes. After you receive this Elon email account, you should start using it for school purposes as soon as possible. When school begins, this will become the primary method, and only email address, that the school will use to communicate with you. If you have not received your Elon email address by July 15, please contact the Help Desk at 336.278.5200.
  • Official Transcript(s): An official transcript is required from your bachelor’s degree-granting institution. If you have submitted a final transcript, including a degree conferral date, to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) as part of the application process, this will satisfy the official transcript requirement. If not, you must send a final transcript to LSAC. Your final and official transcript must be received by LSAC by July 15.  Please note that ABA Standards dictate that law schools require each enrolling student to submit documentation that they have received a bachelor’s degree before they enroll in law school; a law school must withdraw a student who has not submitted this documentation by the time they withdraw in law school.
  • Text Reminders: Join Elon Law ‘23 on the Remind app. There are three ways to sign up for Elon Law’s text reminder system from the Office of Career & Student Development. 1) Join online: www.remind.com 2) If you have a smartphone, get push notifications by opening your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/elonlaw23. Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind (you will be prompted to download the mobile app). 3) If you don’t have a smartphone, you may get text notifications by texting the message @elonlaw23 to the number 81010.
  • Class of 2023 New Student Survey: Please complete the survey by July 31.
  • UPDATED 7/30/2021 Health Forms and Immunizations. Entering students are required to submit health forms evidencing standard immunizations.  Once on the website, click on “Forms and Records,” then click “Paper Forms.” Under “Document Packets” click the “Graduate Health Forms” hyperlink and submit the completed graduate health forms to Student Health Services as soon as possible. While the July 15 deadline for submission has passed, it is very important that these documents be received by the date of enrollment, August 4. If you have questions about the form, you may contact Elon Health Services at 336-278-7230. You will find more information about immunization requirements here.
  • UPDATED 7/30/2021 COVID Vaccinations: Elon University will require all students (undergraduate, law school and other graduate students) to provide documentation of being fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization (for international students). This requirement applies to all students enrolled in classes, living on campus, participating in study abroad/away, or participating in on-campus activities on any Elon campus during Fall Semester 2021. Law students must submit their documentation by July 15, 2021. For full information and details regarding this requirement, please visit the Elon University Vaccination Central webpage.

Vaccination Exemption Request – While the July 9 deadline has passed, you may still submit a request for exemption from COVID-19 vaccination for medical or religious reasons by Monday, August 2.  Information can be found here. To apply, students must complete the COVID-19 vaccination/exemption form, submit the required documentation, and sign the risk form.  If you have already submitted an exemption request, you may check the status of your exemption submission by logging into My Readiness.  Please resubmit your exemption request if your previously submitted exemption request does not appear on My Readiness.

Students who have been granted an exemption from the vaccination requirement must complete a COVID-19 test at the law school on Tuesday, August 3 anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. (no appointment necessary; check-in at the law school lobby).  Exempted individuals will also need to wear a face mask at all times while in the law school facilities or at indoor law school events.  We anticipate, depending on current CDC and public health recommendations, that masking and periodic testing will be required throughout fall and perhaps beyond for those who are unvaccinated.

Vaccination Information Submission – If you have completed your vaccination but have not uploaded your vaccination documentation, you should submit the vaccination documentation as soon as you have received your final dose (second does Pfizer or Moderna or single dose of Johnson & Johnson) as soon as possible and before August 3.  If you have already submitted your vaccination documentation, you may confirm your “fully vaccinated” status by logging into My Readiness. Please resubmit your vaccination documentation if your previous submission does not appear on My Readiness.

If you are not exempted from the vaccination requirement and for some reason you were unable to access the single-dose J&J vaccine or to complete the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series by July 20 and thus will be unable to be fully vaccinated by August 4, you will be required to provide documentation of receiving at least one dose of these vaccines by August 3.  If you are in this situation, you should advise the law school Admissions Office as soon as possible (by phone or email, lawadmissions@elon.edu) and be prepared to show documentation of one dose on your arrival for Orientation. If you have received one dose by August 3, you will be allowed to attend Orientation sessions, but you will need to wear a face mask at all times in law school facilities or at law school events and take part in required arrival COVID testing on the afternoon of August 3 between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.

If you have not received at least one dose by August 3, you will be unable to attend Orientation sessions, and there will be no virtual/online access to these sessions.  If you have not received one dose by August 6, the final day of Orientation, you will be unenrolled from Elon Law.

If you have received one dose by August 3 and a second dose is required for your vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna), then you will need to submit documentation of this second dose as soon as possible and no later than August 31.  If you have not received the second dose by that date, you will be unenrolled from Elon Law.

If you are unsure how to proceed or have questions, please contact the law school Admissions Office as soon as possible (by phone or email, lawadmissions@elon.edu).

  • Student Health Insurance: Elon requires students to be in compliance with national laws and requirements regarding insurance for national and international students. Elon University Student Health Services provides quality evaluation and treatment of acute illness and injury to currently enrolled Elon University students (graduate and undergraduate). Student office visits are free of charge except physicals, well-woman exams, and allergy shots. There are charges for medications, supplies, lab tests, injections, and procedures, due at time of visit. All payments to Student Health Services are out-of-pocket. For more information about Elon’s health insurance requirements and resources for obtaining coverage, please go here. You may also want to check out this Health Insurance Options resource from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services. In addition, the American Bar Association recently announced insurance resources for law students developed by the ABA Law Student Division worked and ABA Insurance. While Elon Law does not endorse this or any particular plan, it provides this information as a potential resource for students.

1.) ABA Insurance created a new landing page on abainsurance.com specifically tailored to law student insurance needs.
2.) The page includes an FAQ of the most asked student health insurance questions and, probably most importantly, a phone number (1-855-967-0415) they can call to talk to an expert about their insurance needs.
3.) The Law Student Division and ABA Insurance presented a free webinar intended to help students navigate the complexities of health insurance coverage.
4.) The Law Student Division aggregated much of this information and published it, along with the webinar video, in a Before the Bar article.

  • Financial Aid: Questions about your financial aid package should be directed to Lynette Lorenzetti at lorenzet@elon.edu or (336) 278-7640.
  • Phoenix Card (Elon Student ID Card): All Elon University students are issued Phoenix Cards, the official Elon photo identification card. Once you have received your Elon University username and password, you are able to submit your Phoenix Card photo. Please submit your photo as soon as possible and before August 1. Instructions for submitting your photo and photo requirements are here. You will receive your Phoenix Card on campus during orientation.
  • Parking: Students may park in the student parking lot at 208 N. Church Street, a few blocks from the law school (at the corner of Church Street and Friendly Avenue; entrance on Church Street) on the first day of Orientation. Students will receive Elon parking decals that day and may park free of charge in the Church Street lot throughout the academic year. If you are interested in a parking space in the Bellemeade city parking deck across from the law school, keep an eye on your email in mid-July. The Registrar’s Office will send information regarding any available spaces around that time. If available, parking deck cards cost approximately $93 per month. For students interested in utilizing public transportation, the city operates a bus line, and a bus stop is located on the street corner beside the law school.
  • REQUIRED Sexual Assault Prevention Training (Elon password protected): Part I is due by August 15. Instructions will be sent directly to your Elon email account to access and complete the training. This online educational program provides training on issues associated with sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. This is a federally mandated, Title IX requirement. If you completed this as an undergraduate, you still need to complete this program due to the changes in Title IX and the importance of this topic in higher education.
  • (UPDATE 7/15/2021) REQUIRED Kognito Mental Health Awareness Training: As part of Elon University’s goal to prioritize the mental health and well-being of our community, we ask that all incoming students complete Kognito At-Risk: Mental Health Awareness & Intervention Training by Thursday, August 5, 2021. Students may access the program using their Elon credentials by logging into the program here.
  • (UPDATE 7/15/2021) REQUIRED Diversity and Inclusion Training/Vector LMS in an online education program that encourages you to reflect upon engaging across difference. The program includes information about university policies and practices with respect to diversity and inclusion efforts. It offers information about support resources and opportunities for developing cultural competency.In order to complete the online Diversity and Inclusion Training/Vector LMS module, you will receive an email from SafeColleges/Vector LMS with the Subject/From Name: Elon University – Vector LMS Diversity and Inclusion Training (This message will be from an address with a randomized strand of numbers/letters- followed by safecolleges.com). Expect this message to arrive on or after July 16, 2021. Please follow the instructions in this email to create your profile within 14 days of receipt. After 14 days, you will lose access to create a profile and will not be able to complete the module. This training should be completed by August 6, 2021.
  • (UPDATE 7/15/2021) RSVP for Greensboro Grasshopper Game: Join the Elon Law community on Thursday, August 5, 2021, to watch the home team Greensboro Grasshoppers take on the Hickory Crawdads! Game starts @ 6:30 p.m. Be sure to let us know you’re coming no later than Friday, July 30 so we have enough tickets! Food may be purchased at the ballpark, and all drinks are half-off on Thursdays!
  • (UPDATE 7/15/2021) Mentor Meet & Greet and Game Night: Join the Elon Law Student Mentors on Tuesday, August 3 at the law school from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., for a relaxed evening before orientation begins. Light snacks will be provided and tours of the building will run at 20-minute intervals throughout the evening. Play some games and get to know your new colleagues and classmates while you find your way around the building! If you are bringing a guest, they will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test result. All non-vaccinated students and guests are required to wear a mask. If you are vaccinated, you may of course wear a mask if you feel more comfortable doing so. Please RSVP by Monday, July 27 if you plan to attend! 
  • (UPDATE 8/3/2021) Student Handbook & Academic Catalog: The 2021-22 handbook and academic catalog is now available online and needs to be read by August 4. After reading the handbook and catalog, use this link to submit your acknowledgement form.
  • Technology Requirements for Students: Elon Law has adopted technology requirements for the incoming Class of 2023 for students to be properly equipped to participate in their classes and other activities.
  • Getting to Know Greensboro: The Elon Law library staff is updating a guide to Greensboro to help you find everything from grocery stores and pharmacies to parks and veterinarians! Check back here in July, and be sure to leave your thoughts on how the guide can be more helpful!
  • (UPDATE 7/15/2021) SAVE THE DATE for Friends & Family Day 2021! Invite your friends and loved ones to discover life as a law student on Saturday, September 18, 2021. More information will be coming soon!

(UPDATE 8/3/2021) In addition to the Student Handbook & Academic Catalog in the above-bulleted list, students should read the Personal Responsibility Policy, the Elon Law Honor Code, and Elon Law’s Technology Policy, all of which will be discussed during Orientation. Entering students will be asked to complete an acknowledgment during the Orientation week that they have read, understand and will abide by all of these policies.

Elon Law Common Reading

(UPDATE 7/15/2021) Each year the law school faculty select a book relevant to the legal profession for all incoming students to read. “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond is the common reading assignment for all incoming law students during the 2021-22 academic year. In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing is possible.

Be sure to obtain a copy of the book and read it by the end of August term. The North Carolina Digital Library (and other libraries) may have copies you can access for free. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the themes of the book with faculty and staff during the fall trimester, as well as during their Property class in the Spring 2022 term.

Academic Information

Orientation

Orientation for entering first-year students is August 4-6, 2021.  Elon Law’s Orientation will be in-person and focused on welcoming and acclimating students to the law school community. Appropriate measures and practices will be taken to keep our community healthy, while providing our distinctive program of legal education marked by an emphasis on practical training and a highly personal and supportive learning environment.

(UPDATE 7/30/2021) Students will note on the Orientation schedule that they are scheduled to arrive at different times on Wednesday, August 4, according to their last name. Other sessions during Orientation and the August term may be scheduled according to cohort letter. Cohort letters are available now. Students may find their cohort letter by logging on OnTrack and looking at their August class schedule. Instructions for logging on OnTrack and finding the cohort letter are included in the August course information packet referenced below.

Academic Calendar: The academic calendar for the Class of December 2023 is available here.

Core Grammar:  REMINDER: Please complete the Core Grammar pre-test by Friday, August 6, 2021. Core Grammar for Lawyers is an online program available here. For your Legal Method & Communication (LMC) course this year, Core Grammar will be a required text. You will need to purchase a one-year subscription to it. Please enter 321-138-6027 for your class code. Find out more information about Core Grammar in this letter from Assistant Professor Caroleen Dineen.

August Term (UPDATE 7/15/2021)

The August term begins on August 9. Students will receive a more detailed August term schedule during Orientation. Lawyering, Leadership & Professionalism (LLP) runs from August 9 – 12, and  Introduction to Legal Studies (ILS) runs from August 13 – 27.

(UPDATE 7/30/2021) Students will note that the August term sessions are scheduled according to cohort letters (A-F). Cohort letters are available now. Students may find their cohort letter by logging on OnTrack and looking at their August class schedule. Instructions for logging on OnTrack and finding the cohort letter are included in the August course information packet referenced below. Students will receive additional information about August term on Wednesday, August 4.

Textbooks for August Term (Updated 7/15/2021)

LAW684A: “Lawyering, Leadership & Professionalism” (1 credit with Dean Duncan & Professor Leupold); August 9 – 12, 2021

Required Texts

The Law Career Playbook: The Guerrilla Guide to Getting a Legal Job You Actually Like
Gezerseh
Law Career Lab
2019 Edition, Law Career Lab
ISBN: 978-1732637207

LAW605A: “Introduction to Legal Studies” (2 credits with Professors Friedland, Gabriel & Scott); August 13 – 27, 2021

Required Texts/Resources

Legal Methods
Ginsburg
Foundation Press
5th Edition
ISBN: 978-1-68328-997-5

A Weekly Guide to Being a Model Law Student (Available for free via the West Study Aid Package.)
Ruskell
West Academic
1st Edition
ISBN: 978-1628104448

Office of Academic Success Practice Portal
Students will receive notice from Themis in their Elon email on how to purchase.

Fall Trimester

(UPDATE 7/28/2021) The Fall Trimester begins August 30. Students may review the Registration Packet for Class of 2023 (7-19-21). This packet includes a general overview of the Fall Trimester, a general schedule and a book list. Students will receive more information about the Fall Trimester and will be able to access their individual course schedules via OnTrack the last week of July.

During the Fall Trimester, first-year students will attend classes in-person in the building. By incorporating significant face-to-face instruction in the classroom, as well as interaction outside the classroom through in-person and online meetings and office hours, first-year students will benefit from a highly engaged and supportive learning environment.