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 353[1]
Bar pass rate 53.5% (July 2017 first time takers)[2]
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. Established in 2006, Elon Law is one of nine graduate programs offered by Elon University. It earned full accreditation from the American Bar Association in 2011 [3] and in December 2017 graduated its first class to complete a seven-trimester, 2.5-year program that requires each student to work during part of his or her second year in a full-time legal residency-in-practice with a law firm, judge, government agency, corporation or nonprofit.[4]

Elon Law is led by Dean and Professor of Law Luke Bierman, who assumed his position on June 1, 2014.[5] He was preceded by Dean Emeritus George Johnson and Founding Dean Leary Davis. David Gergen chairs the Elon University School of Law Advisory Board.

53.5% of Elon graduates who took the bar for the first time in July 2017 passed, with a total pass rate of 44.3%, vs. statewide averages of 72.2% for first-time takers and 61.8% overall.[6]

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's Law Association

Notable advisory board and faculty members[edit]

  • Rhoda Bryan Billings - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina (1986)
  • James G. Exum - Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Elon Law; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina (1986–1995)
  • Henry Frye - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina (1999–2001)
  • David Gergen - Chair of the Advisory Board; Former Adviser to Four U.S. presidents

North Carolina Business Court[edit]

The Elon University School of Law houses 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.[7]

Clinical Law Center and the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic[edit]

Elon Law opened its Clinical Law Center in 2009 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 currently houses the law school's Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, which has provided assistance to hundreds of refugees and clients seeking asylum or family reunification since opening in 2010.

Elon Law Leadership Fellows[edit]

Elon Law's competitive Leadership Fellows program recruits students who demonstrate exceptional leadership in all aspects of life, in addition to academic excellence. Candidates for the Leadership Fellows program complete a separate application during the admissions process, though a limited number of enrolled students are accepted into the program following their first year. Leadership Fellows complete summer externships that allows them the opportunity to serve within the public sector while also earning course credit through. Fellows are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA, assist administration and faculty with leadership programming such as the Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series, and complete a Capstone project.[8]

Elon Law Business Fellows[edit]

Elon Law's Business Fellows take part in a summer externship in a corporate or business setting, such as an in-house legal department; receive a stipend covering the tuition cost and living expenses for the summer corporate or business externship, as well as a Business Fellows Scholarship toward tuition during the academic year; and an opportunity to counsel businesses through the law school's Small Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic. Students meet professionals within the fields of business and business law at regional and national levels.[9]

Dual-Degree Programs[edit]

Elon Law students can apply after their first year to one of two dual-degree programs offered at the school: a JD/MBA program with Elon University's Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, or a JD/Master of Environmental Law & Policy in coordination with Vermont Law School. In the JD/MBA program, 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. Completing the requirements of both programs can be accomplished in as little as three years.[10]

In the JD/MELP program, students complete courses at Elon Law and live in Vermont during their second summer to work in Vermont Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. Those in the program typically complete requirements for both degrees in 2.5-years.[11]


According to Elon's ABA-required disclosures, 34% of the Class of 2016 obtained full-time long-term JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[12]

ABA Employment Summary for 2017 Graduates
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
Employed - J.D. Advantage
Employed - Professional Position
Employed - Non-Professional Position
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
Unemployed - Not Seeking
Unemployed - Seeking
Total of 91 Graduates


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Elon for the 2017-2018 academic year is $70,369. [13] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $221,372.[14]


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Coordinates: 36°04′26″N 79°47′30″W / 36.0738°N 79.7917°W / 36.0738; -79.7917