Elon Law partners with Meredith College for pathway program

Under a new agreement, exceptionally qualified students attending Meredith College in Raleigh will be able to earn their undergraduate and law degrees in five and a half years.

One of the nation’s largest women’s colleges has partnered with Elon Law to assist exceptionally qualified students who aspire to earn their undergraduate and law degrees in five and a half years.

Elon Law will consider applications from Meredith College students who have completed all required courses and need more elective credits to graduate. If admitted to Elon Law, students begin earning credits toward their law degree, and appropriate credits can be transferred to Meredith for completion of undergraduate degrees.

Unlike most agreements of this kind, which are typically six-year programs, the Meredith College-Elon Law agreement enables students to earn a bachelor's and law degree in five and a half years, substantially reducing costs by starting law school early and gaining early entry into the profession.

Applicants to Elon Law must demonstrate superior academic ability with LSAT scores that meet Elon Law’s standards for admission. All applicants are interviewed by Elon Law faculty and staff as part of the law school’s holistic approach to admissions.

Meredith College is the fifth college or university to partner with Elon Law for an accelerated pathway program, joining Elon University, Guilford College, North Carolina A&T, and Salem College.

“Nearly all Meredith College students participate in applied learning experiences, such as internships, study abroad or undergraduate research, so Elon Law’s highly experiential focus, highlighted by our residency program, is a perfect fit for their legal education,” said Alan Woodlief, senior associate dean and an associate professor at Elon Law. “For the past several years, women have made up the majority of our entering classes, and we look forward to many talented students from Meredith joining our accelerated program.”

Chartered in 1891, Meredith College enrolls 1,700 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, the latter group including some men. Students attend Meredith from 33 states and 39 countries with more than 80 majors, minors, and concentrations, and 19 graduate and certificate programs.

Its mission is rooted in the liberal arts tradition with a commitment to professional preparation, education and inspiration for students “to live with integrity and provide leadership for the needs, opportunities and challenges of society.”

“Meredith College is committed to providing programs that ensure our students’ professional preparation,” said Meredith Provost Matthew Poslusny. “I am pleased that this new partnership with Elon Law provides another pathway to success for our students.”

About Elon Law:

Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina, is the preeminent school for engaged and experiential learning in law. With a focus on learning by doing, it integrates traditional classroom instruction with course-connected, full-time residencies-in-practice in a logically sequenced program of transformational professional preparation. Elon Law’s groundbreaking approach is accomplished in 2.5 years, which provides distinctive value by lowering tuition and permitting graduates early entry into their legal careers.

About Meredith College:

Chartered in 1891, Meredith College opened with just over 200 women. Today, the student body has grown to nearly 2,000, and includes men at the graduate level. Meredith challenges students to explore their interests, expand their skills, and build on their strengths. U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes.com have all included Meredith in their “Best Colleges” lists.

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