Andy Haile

N.C. A&T State University and Elon University School of Law have partnered to create the new Accelerated Pathway to Law School program. The program creates an opportunity for A&T students to earn a law degree in five and a half years – attending three years at A&T and two and a half years at Elon Law. Students participating in the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Pre Law from A&T and a Juris Doctorate from Elon Law.

“We are delighted to build upon the relationship with Elon University School of Law to provide expanded opportunities for North Carolina A&T graduates,” N.C. A&T Provost Joe B. Whitehead Jr.

Initially, admission to the new program will be limited to six to nine students per year. A junior A&T student who has followed the unique accelerated Liberal Studies curriculum, earned at least 60 credit hours, and


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met all other additional entrance requirements stipulated by both schools, can apply to enter Elon Law as a first-year law student, beginning the senior year at Elon Law.

Although the program will be conducted through partnership and mutually agreed upon stipulations, the application process will be managed through A&T’s Pre-Professional Scholars Program office, which will accept fall semester admission applications through May 1.

“Students participating in the APLS program will benefit from a strategic and innovative approach in higher education that dramatically reduces the time and costs associated with becoming a lawyer, while enriching learning through recurring and immersive practical experiences,” said Andy Haile, Elon Law associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of law. “We look forward to deepening our partnership with N.C. A&T and continuing to welcome N.C. A&T students into the Elon Law community.”

Activities have already been planned across both campuses to facilitate a smooth transition for students and professors into the new program.

Neighboring institutions, Elon Law and A&T have intellectually sound programs that significantly complement and educationally support one another, administrators say, and the Pre Law concentration at A&T fosters the skills designated by the American Bar Association as ideal for providing a “sound foundation for a legal education.”

Elon University School of Law is nationally recognized for its rigorous curriculum, innovation and groundbreaking model for legal education taught by highly accomplished faculty.

For more information about the Accelerated Pathway to Law School Program visit the N.C. A&T Pre-Professional Scholars Program online or Elon Law Articulation Agreements online.