Dean of the School of Law
Greensboro, North Carolina
Elon University School of Law (Elon Law), a forward-thinking law school known for its pioneering blend of experiential learning and critical scholarship, is extending its search for candidates for the position of Dean of the School of Law.
Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, Elon Law is the country’s preeminent school for engaged and experiential learning in law. With a focus on learning by doing, it integrates traditional classroom instruction with a required, full-time (30+ hours/week) field placement for every student, known as a Residency-in-Practice. The law school’s distinctive curriculum provides a logically-sequenced program of professional preparation. Elon Law’s innovative curriculum is accomplished in 2.5 years, which provides exceptional value by lowering tuition and permitting graduates early entry into their careers.
Elon Law’s shorter academic program benefits students by substantially reducing their debt load, an attractive proposition for many prospective students drawn to the school’s trimester-based academic calendar. The law school has enjoyed significant increases in applications and enrollment in recent years when most other law schools experienced declines. In 2021-22, total enrollment reached a historic high of 429 students, driven by a record number of students matriculating in the Class of December 2023.
Guided by its student-centered approach to legal education, Elon Law’s bar passage and post-graduate employment rates have seen consistent and significant increases since the implementation of the 2.5 year academic program. The increased bar passage rate has resulted from an investment in student success and undergirds the law school’s strong employment figures. Increased graduate employment rates are also attributable to Elon Law’s emphasis on experiential learning. The law school’s Residency-in-Practice Program ensures that students connect classroom learning with real-world practice. The Residency-in-Practice experience also provides students with insights that they bring back to the law school when they return to complete their studies.
Reaccredited in 2021 by the ABA, Elon Law seeks a collaborative, transparent and strategic leader who is energized and inspired by the school's entrepreneurial spirit and the opportunities presented by Elon University's considerable success, reputation, leadership in experiential education, and innovative culture.
The successful candidate will resonate with Elon Law's unique approach to legal education and will be excited about joining a university that embraces and successfully executes on new ideas. The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven record as a leader that will enable them to succeed as Dean of Elon Law. Candidates must possess a J.D. degree or its equivalent and an outstanding record of academic and/or professional accomplishment. In addition, the successful candidate will show evidence of a commitment to inclusive excellence, as well as service to the legal profession and the public. More information can be found at www.wittkieffer.com.
WittKieffer is assisting Elon in this search. Application materials can be submitted through WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Review of candidate materials will continue until the position is filled, with priority given to applications received by September 30, 2022. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to Lucy Leske, Werner Boel, LL.M. and Ashlee Winters at ElonLawDean@wittkieffer.com.
Elon University values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences and perspectives of our community members. We embrace diversity in its broadest sense, including, but not limited to, diversity of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing and intellectual viewpoint.
All members of the Elon community have a shared responsibility to act deliberately toward equitable outcomes. Inclusive Excellence is Elon’s framing of diversity, equity, inclusion, and other constructs that support belonging and well-being, resulting in the creation of a community where people strive to dismantle oppression and where individuals flourish.