Elon Law hosts its first Student Organization Virtual Fair

Student organizations created videos and hosted online Q&As this month as Elon Law took a fresh approach to annual events impacted by the physical distancing practices in place because of COVID-19.

Elon Law’s Pro Bono Board in February 2020.

An annual Elon Law event took place this month with an online twist.

The inaugural Student Organization Virtual Fair from Sept. 10-11, 2020, allowed groups to share their missions, activities, and plans for the academic year with members of the largest incoming class in Elon Law history.

Managed by Brianna Torres G’22, a graduate apprentice earning a Master of Arts in Higher Education at Elon University, the fair showcased nearly two dozen student organizations.

“We knew we wanted to have the fair, but it was impractical to facilitate an engaging and effective in-person organization fair with COVID still ongoing, so we went virtual!” Torres said. “I asked student leaders to submit introduction videos for their organizations and gave them full creative license. Coupled with the videos, we asked student leaders to host a live Q&A social the day after the videos were released where new students can “pop in” to get to know them and ask questions.

“Overall, this fair required us to be innovative, and it really worked out!”

Juliana Kober L’20 helped produce videos for Elon Law’s Jewish Law Student Association, where she was the outgoing president, and for the People Not Property Project, an initiative she helped coordinate a the law school for students to transcribe bills of sale of people once enslaved in Guilford County.

“It was nice getting back together with our groups, transitioning the new leadership, and mapping out the upcoming year,” Kober said. “I also loved watching the other groups’ recruitment videos and seeing how they are handling the transition to online social events this year.

“Through this pandemic, I’ve learned that our classmates are all so multi-dimensional and creative. Everyone brings special skill sets outside of law school that make us each unique and I don’t think I would have seen this side of my classmates had we not been in this situation.”

Playlist of Elon Law’s student organizations