Elon Law-N.C. A&T Accelerated Pathway to Law School Program

Program Description: In 2014, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Elon University School of Law formed a collaboration to provide a clear pathway for N.C. A&T students to earn a law degree at Elon Law School. The Accelerated Pathway to Law School (APLS) Program was designed to create an opportunity for N.C. A&T students to earn a law degree in five and a half years – spending three years at N.C. A&T and two and a half years at Elon Law School. Students of the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Pre Law from N.C. A&T and a Juris Doctorate from Elon Law. Participation in APLS will provide a highly structured path for academically talented and competitive students to learn important skills, receive vital guidance from dedicated Pre Law advisors, and have the support needed from both institutions to be successful in the program. Each year 6 to 9 seats will be reserved for exceptional N.C. A&T students who will be designated Early Assurance Pre Law (EAPL) Scholars.

EAPL Scholars Experiences:
All EAPL Scholars will matriculate through the N.C. A&T Liberal Studies Department following the Accelerated Pathway to Law School track. A flow chart demonstrating the timeline of activities is provided below. As EAPL Scholars, students will participate in career, personal, and professional development activities; receive academic and career advisement from dedicated Pre Law advisors; participate in programs designed to increase exposure to law school and law education such as the Buddy System Program and the Shadow a Law Student Program; interact with Elon Law faculty through programs such as the Elon Law - N.C. A&T Law Series held on the N.C. A&T campus; and develop meaningful relationships with a talented group of equally motivated students with the desire to obtain a law degree.

-High school senior with a desire to pursue a career in law
-SAT combined verbal and quantitative scores of at least 1,000 or ACT composite score of at least 22
-Minimum GPA of 3.2 (weighted or unweighted)
-Evidence of service to her or his community
-There is no requirement that the student already be admitted to N.C. A&T at the time of application

How to apply: The application process will be managed through the N.C. A&T Pre-Professional Scholars Program Office. Candidates will apply by completing the following application. In addition, the following items will be submitted:

-Two letters of recommendation should be sent to Dr. White at cdwhite@ncat.edu. Letters should be from at least one teacher and an academic advisor/mentor/supervisor addressing some or all of the following points. Recommenders should include examples.
*The student's academic abilities
*How well the student interacts with other students and teachers
*Desire to serve her or his community
*Motivation to pursue a law degree
*Other factors that the committee should consider
-An official transcript
-Photo of student
(Official transcript and photo may be mailed in one packet to: Dr. C. Dinitra White, PPSP Director; North Carolina A&T State University, 1601 E. Market St., Barnes Hall G24, Greensboro, NC, 27411)

If selected, students who meet the program criteria will be invited for an interview on the N.C. A&T campus. Students who are out-of-state or unable to travel to the university will be invited to interview via telephone. The committee will select 6 to 9 students for participation in the APLS program. Additionally, 2-4 alternates will be selected.


Any questions about the APLS Program or application should be forwarded to ncatppsp@gmail.com.