Elon University School of Law

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Elon University School of Law
Elon Law Logo.jpg
Established 2006
School type Private
Dean Luke Bierman
Location Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Enrollment 311
Bar pass rate 83% (2009)
Website law.elon.edu

Elon University School of Law is an American law school located in Greensboro, North Carolina, occupying the former downtown public library building. The school spent $10 million renovating the 84,000 sq ft (7,800 m2). facility. The School of Law is one of four graduate programs offered by Elon University. Established in 2006, the School features concentrations in Business, Litigation, Public interest, and General practice.

In the fall of 2006, 115 students were enrolled to form the law school's inaugural class and in 2007 a second class of 107 students were enrolled. In the fall of 2008, another 107 students were enrolled, placing the law school at full capacity. The school's largest incoming class enrolled in 2010 with 132 members.

Leary Davis is the founding dean emeritus and a professor of law. David Gergen serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board. George R. Johnson, Jr. was named the second dean of Elon University School of Law on February 5, 2009.[1] The School named Luke Bierman as its third dean on January 14, 2014,[2] an office which he assumed on June 1, 2014.

The school collaborates with the neighboring American Judicature Society Institute of Forensic Science & Public Policy, researching issues at the intersection of law and science. In addition, Elon Law offers a preceptor program for 1L's and provides leadership education during the winter-term semester.[3]

The graduating class of 2009 achieved an 83% bar passage rate. According to Elon's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 32% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[4] The class of 2013 has a median LSAT score of 155 and undergraduate GPA of 3.12.[5] The class of 2016 has a median LSAT score of 150 and undergraduate GPA of 3.01.[6]

Full ABA accreditation[edit]

On June 10, 2011 the American Bar Association granted full approval to Elon Law School.[7]

Student organizations[edit]

  • Federalist Society
  • Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society
  • Innocence Project
  • Intellectual Property Student Organization
  • International Law Society
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • OutLaw
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Public Interest Law Society
  • Women in Law Association


Notable advisory board and faculty members[edit]

  • Rhoda Bryan Billings - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina (1986)
  • Leary Davis - Founding Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law, Former Dean of Campbell Law School (1975–1986)
  • Catherine Ross Dunham - Professor of Law, Director of Trial Practice Program
  • James G. Exum - Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Elon Law; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina (1986–1995)
  • Eric M. Fink - Jennings Professor of Law and Emerging Scholar
  • Steven Friedland - Professor of Law; director of the Center for Engaged Learning in the Law (CELL)
  • Henry Frye - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina (1999–2001)
  • Henry Gabriel - Professor of Law, Elected Member of UNIDROIT
  • David Gergen - Chair of the Advisory Board; Former Adviser to Four U.S. presidents
  • Andy Haile - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law (Business & Tax Law)
  • James E. Holshouser - Former Governor of North Carolina (1973–1977)
  • Jim Hunt - Governor of North Carolina (1977–1985, 1993–2001)
  • George R. Johnson - Dean (2009-), Professor of Law; former president of LeMoyne-Owen College (1996–2002); Assistant General Counsel for U.S. President Jimmy Carter's administration
  • Howard Katz - Professor of Law (Public Policy & Legal Education)
  • David S. Levine - Assistant Professor of Law; Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School (CIS); founder & host of Hearsay Culture[8] (Intellectual Property)
  • Bonnie McElveen-Hunter - Chair of the American Red Cross (2004–Present); CEO of Pace Communications; U.S. Ambassador to Finland (2001–2003)
  • Alan Woodlief - Associate Dean for Administration, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Moot Court Program

North Carolina Business Court[edit]

The Elon University School of Law houses a working court — the North Carolina Business Court. The court hears cases involving complex commercial and corporate law disputes in the law school's Robert E. Long Courtroom. The courtroom includes three large flat screen monitors to display motions, briefs and other documents, wireless technology and videoconferencing capabilities. All Business Court cases are assigned by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Judge James Gale presides over cases heard in Greensboro, and the court also has judges and holds hearings in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina.[9]

Clinical Law Center[edit]

In fall 2009, The Elon University School of Law opened a Clinical Law Center to support legal services provided by law school students. The center provides a facility for students, under the supervision of law faculty and attorneys, to work with clients referred by nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the greater-Greensboro region.

The Center houses the law school's Wills Clinic, Elder Law Clinic, and the Humanitarian Immigration Clinic. The Wills Clinic provides wills drafting services to low-income clients referred by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro. The Elder Law Clinic services the greater Greensboro community, and the Humanitarian Immigration Clinc provides assistance to refugee and asylum cases.

General Student Information[edit]

347 Students Enrolled

43.1% Female

56.9% Male

Elon Law Leadership Fellows Program[edit]

The Elon Law Leadership Fellows program was developed in 2009. The program is geared toward students who demonstrate exceptional leadership in all aspects of life, in addition to academic excellence. A candidate for the Fellows program must complete a separate application. Leadership Fellows will be offered a summer externship that allows them the opportunity to serve within the public sector while also earning course credit through the University. Fellows are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA, assist administration and faculty with leadership programming such as the Leadership Lecture Series, and complete a Capstone project during their third year of study.

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Elon Law Business Fellows Program[edit]

A Business Fellows Scholarship goes toward tuition during the academic year, renewable for three years assuming continued participation in the Business Fellows Program. A summer externship includes placement in a corporate or business setting, such as in-house legal departments. Students have opportunities to meet professionals within the fields of business and business law at the regional and national levels.

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Elon Law School and Martha and Spencer Love Business School Create JD/MBA Program[edit]

This program gives students the opportunity to pursue a Doctorate legal degree as well as a Masters in Business Administration. In 2013, Elon Law’s Leadership Program was recognized with the American Bar Association’s E. Smythe Gambrell Award, the leading national award recognizing excellence in legal professionalism programming. The JD/MBA program builds on existing partnerships between Elon’s law and business schools. Students take courses at both the law school’s downtown Greensboro campus and at the Ernest A. Koury Sr. Business Center located on Elon University's main campus in Elon, N.C. Those in the program have the option to complete their law degree in three years, by taking some MBA courses during summers and winters, followed by a year of study at the Love School of Business to complete the MBA degree. They can also complete the JD and MBA programs in four years through an integrated approach in which both degrees are completed after the fourth year of study.

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Employment[edit]

According to Elon's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 32% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[13] Elon's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 43.4%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[14]

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates[15]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required (Full-Time, Long-Term)
  
32.79%
Employed - Bar Passage Required (Part-Time and/or Short-Term)
  
12.3%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
  
18.03%
Employed - Professional Position
  
4.91%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
  
2.46%
Employed - Undeterminable
  
0.0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
  
2.46%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
  
0.0%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
  
1.64%
Unemployed - Seeking
  
22.13%
Employment Status Unknown
  
3.28%
Total of 122 Graduates

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Elon for the 2013-2014 academic year is $63,374. [16] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $243,965.[17]

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