Elon Law Student Juma Jackson died of an unspecified illness Wednesday, according to Luke Bierman, dean of Elon Law.

Jackson was in his first year as a student at Elon Law. The illness prompted him to step back from his studies this past spring, according to Bierman.

In the email, Bierman said Jackson was "motivated by a desire to help other people."

Though he was only at Elon Law for a short time, Bierman said he made an impact on everyone he knew.

"He led a life of service to others and saw the law as a vehicle for social change," Bierman said.

There will be a “Gathering of Friends” from 12-1 p.m. Thursday in Room 107 of the law school.

Bierman encourages students who knew Jackson to speak with Counseling Services at 336-278-7280

This story was jointly reported by Elon Local News and The Pendulum.