Elon wins award for leadership program

Elon University was honored by the American Bar Association with a professionalism award for its leadership program. 

“This is an especially high honor and a great recognition for our leadership program and for the law school,” said George Johnson, dean and professor of law.

The Leadership Program, which became a standard part of the school’s curriculum in 2006, prepares law students to take on leadership roles in their future careers. Students in their first year must take the course “Lawyering, Leadership and Professionalism” as part of their curriculum. The Preceptor Program, a component of the Leadership Program, pairs first year law students with mentors that are actively practicing law. The National Jurist selected Elon University as one of most innovative law schools in America, noting the Preceptor Program as an integral part of its innovation.

The ABA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism gives out the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award annually to law schools, bar associations and other law-related professionalism programs. It was established in 1991.