Elon University School of Law

Elon University School of Law

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Elon University School of Law was founded in 2006 and won full accreditation from the American Bar Association in 2011. It is part of a private liberal arts university with about 5,000 students. The university, founded in the 1889, decided to add a law school because it fits in with its goals of offering experiential learning and leadership training to its students. Leadership courses are offered to first- and second-year students during a two-week winter session.

The school is growing in part because of its highly personal and supportive environment. Classes are small, from 25 to 50 students. It offers the smallest first-year class sizes in the region — averaging 30. 

PreLaw magazine ranked it as one of the best schools in the region for practical training, as it offers lots of opportunities with externships and simulation courses. It recently revamped its curriculum to provide more hands-on opportunities. In addition to foundational courses, first-year law students experience how legal theory is applied in practice. Lab courses taught by practicing attorneys do this, providing students with early introductions to using the knowledge gained in classrooms.

In their second year, students hone their newly acquired knowledge and skills in immersive, full time residencies with law firms, judges, nonprofits and government agencies. By doing what lawyers do, students gain essential experience and judgment that provide critical professional understanding. By their last year, students benefit greatly from bridge-to-practice courses that culminate the transition from theory to real-life legal practice.

The bar passage rate is about 75 percent, which is above the state average. For graduating J.D.s studying for the bar, the school offers free dorm housing and some meals at its undergraduate campus, where the graduates can take a commercial bar prep course.

The law school has high-tech facilities housed in an historic building in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina’s third largest city. The law building also houses a courtroom for the North Carolina Business Court, where some students have had externships and clerkships. Tuition is moderate among local private schools.

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75th Percentile1523.48
25th Percentile1452.92
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$15000
Percent receiving grants88.30%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 76.30%
NJ Employment61.8
Bar Passage73.60%
Academic Profile
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