Fall 2020 Entering Class

We look forward to welcoming the Elon Law Class of 2022 in August. Below is some information and tasks to complete before your arrival.

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 or helpdesk@elon.edu.
  • 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 1, 2020.
  • Text Reminders: Join Elon Law ‘22 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/elonlaw22. 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 @elonlaw22 to the number 81010.
  • Class of 2022 New Student Survey. Please complete the survey by July 31.
  • Health forms. 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 by July 1. 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.
  • 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.
  • Student Handbook & Academic Catalog: The 2020-21 handbook will need to be read by August 4.
  • Technology Requirements for Students: Elon School of Law has issued technology requirements for the incoming fall 2020 class (the class of 2022), so entering students will be properly equipped to participate in their classes and other activities at the law school.
  • Getting to Know Greensboro: The Elon Law library staff has compiled a guide to Greensboro to help you find everything from grocery stores and pharmacies to parks and veterinarians! Check it out here and be sure to leave your thoughts on how the guide can be more helpful!

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 acknowledgement during the Orientation week that they have read, understand and will abide by all of these policies.

Elon University Common Reading

“Biased” by Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt is the common reading assignment for all incoming students during the 2020-21 academic year. Be sure to purchase and read it before you come to campus, since it will be a shared intellectual experience both in and out of class. In her award-winning book, Eberhardt asserts that “biased” is a state of being, not an indelible trait or mark of moral failing. In fact, implicit racial biases plague all of us regardless of race and ethnicity, age, gender, level of education, or socio-economic states. Eberhardt charges us to recognize how perceptions of race shape our every interaction and then do something about it. Eberhardt’s work is a model for bridging the academic-real world divide and effecting positive change in our communities. The themes of the book are especially salient for aspiring lawyers and the legal profession.

Eberhardt is a professor of social psychology at Stanford University and a recipient of the 2014 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant. She has studied implicit racial biases and the perceived connections race and crime for more than two decades. Eberhardt co-founded the Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers.

Academic Information

Orientation

Orientation for entering first-year students is August 4-7, 2020.  Elon Law’s Orientation schedule will feature a mix of in-person and online sessions to allow for lower classroom capacities/appropriate social distancing and other practices designed 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.

Students will note on the Orientation schedule that they are scheduled to arrive at different times on Tuesday, August 4, according to their cohort (A-F). Other sessions during Orientation are also scheduled according to cohort letter. Students will 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 the Orientation week on Tuesday, August 4.

August Term

The August term begins on August 10. Students will receive a more detailed August term schedule during Orientation, but a general overview, schedule and book list for Lawyering, Leadership & Professionalism and Introduction to Legal Studies is provided in the information packet here.

Like Orientation, the August Term classes blend in-person and online sessions to allow for significant interaction between faculty and students, and importantly between students and their classmates, while balancing the need to limit classroom capacity and maintain appropriate spacing in classrooms to keep the community healthy.

Students will note that the August term sessions are scheduled according to cohort letters (A-F). Students will 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 Tuesday, August 4.

Textbooks for August Term (Updated August 3, 2020)

LAW605A: “Introduction to Legal Studies” (3 credits with Professors Friedland, Gabriel & Johnson)

Required Texts/Resources

Legal Methods
Ginsburg
Foundation Press
4th Edition
ISBN: 978-1-60930-334-1

A Weekly Guide to Being a Model Law Student
Ruskell
West Academic
1st Edition
ISBN: 978-1628104448
(Needed in September)

Office of Academic Success Practice Portal
(See Themis QB Memo 2020 – Needed in September)

Recommended Texts

Expert Learning for Law Students
Hunter-Schwartz

LAW684A: “Lawyering, Leadership & Professionalism” (1 credit with Director Mencarini & Professor Leupold)

Required Texts

Roadmap: The Law Student’s Guide to Meaningful Employment
Hamilton
ABA Book Publishing
2nd Edition
ISBN: 978-1641050227

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

Fall Trimester

The Fall Trimester begins August 31. Students may review a general Fall Trimester course information packet. 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 during Orientation week.

Students will note on the general Fall Trimester schedule that classes are scheduled according to cohort letters (A-F). Students will 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 above.

During the Fall Trimester, first-year students will attend classes in-person in the building, with larger classes divided into multiple classrooms, with a blend of in-person and live streaming video instruction (with communication audio and video communication between classrooms), so that students have significant face-to-face time with their professors and classmates, while allowing for limited classroom capacity and appropriate social distancing. Smaller classes, such as Legal Method & Communication and Legal Research, will meet face-to-face in one classroom.  Faculty will have significant interaction with students beyond the regular classroom setting by holding regular small group and individual in-person and/or online meetings and office hours. By incorporating significant face-to-face instruction in the classroom, as well as interaction outside the classroom through in-person and online meetings, first-year students will benefit from a highly engaged and supportive learning environment.

  • Core Grammar: One way to start preparing is to begin working on Core Grammar for Lawyers, an online program available here. For your Legal Method & Communication (LMC) courses, Core Grammar will be a required text. You will need to purchase a one-year subscription to it. Please enter 320-138-5233 for your class code. Find out more information about Core Grammar in this letter from Professor Sue Liemer.