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Elon Is $1 Million Shy of Law School Goal

Elon University still remains $1 million short of the $10 million it wants for a proposed law school in downtown Greensboro, fund-raisers said.

The school had hoped to have the money by May, but extended the drive to September.

Jim Melvin, president of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, said the campaign is "inching forward."

Elon trustees won't vote for the project at their meeting Oct. 29-30 unless the full amount is raised, said Dan Anderson, Elon's spokesman.

"The trustees have to be assured that the money is in place," Anderson said. "They won't accept $9.5 million or some other amount."

Melvin said he did not know what would happen if he did not complete the fund-raising in time for the meeting.

School officials planned to open the school in a former library in fall 2006, but no dean or a faculty has been hired.

The law school would be the sixth in North Carolina. Campbell, Duke, North Carolina Central and Wake Forest universities, along with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill already offer law degrees.