Elon Law to cut tuition, revamp program

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Elon University School of Law in downtown Greensboro (Nelson Kepley/News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Elon University School of Law announced today it will cut tuition, reduce the time needed to graduate and revamp its curriculum to adapt the school to a fast-changing legal profession.

The News & Record reported that the changes take effect for the class that will enter school next fall.

Among the changes:

• Elon will cut overall tuition by $14,000, and the school will guarantee a fixed cost for each entering class. This year’s tuition is nearly $38,000.

• Elon will adapt a seven-trimester schedule, which means law students will graduate in 2.5 years instead of the traditional three. Students who enter next fall will graduate in December 2017 and take the bar exam in February.

• The revised curriculum will emphasize real-world experience. Elon says it’s the first law school in the country to require all students to serve a full-time faculty-supervised residency during the academic year rather than during the summer.

“Considering the gap that exists between traditional law schools and the skill sets demanded in modern legal practice, this is not a time for incremental change in legal education,” law school Dean Luke Bierman said in a statement released by Elon.

For more details about Elon’s revised program, visit this website.

SOURCE: News & Record