Member Spotlight: Drexel University’s Kline School of Law

Posted on March 30th, 2017

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Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law offers a curriculum and programs built upon the principle that students learn best when hands-on experience is part of their education. Philadelphia, which boasts one of America’s largest legal communities and a host of cultural attractions, has a lot to offer law students and young lawyers. Because Drexel University is located in the thriving University City neighborhood, the School of Law is the perfect place to learn by doing. The Kline School of Law is one of just two law schools in the nation offering co-op education—an approach that employers recognize produces outstanding, practice-ready lawyers. The Co-op Program is combined with an extensive menu of experiential offerings ranging from live-client clinics to high-quality simulation courses and pro bono service. The curriculum has been designed to ensure that students engage in active learning of the law. This practical experience pays off in different ways.

 

Our law students master legal principles and the real-world skills needed to apply them. Students gain confidence and savvy as they meet with clients, argue before judges, and engage in the many other tasks that define the legal profession. Along the way, students also launch lasting professional networks with many lawyers who become mentors, advisors, and even future employers. Even within the four walls of the law school, we infuse the traditional law school experience with practical skills. Thus, our curriculum features all the traditional courses tested on the bar exam mixed with innovative new offerings such as Transactional Lawyering, Regulating Patient Safety, E-Commerce Law, and Crime and Community.

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Our students have the option of completing semester-long co-op placements with more than 200 law firms, corporate offices, government agencies, public interest organizations or judges.  Our clinics offer students yet further opportunities to gain intensive experience in criminal, civil and appellate litigation and to provide legal services, educations and outreach to low-income residents of nearby neighborhoods.

We offer concentration options in Business and Entrepreneurship Law, Criminal Law, Health Law and Intellectual Property Law.  Our Legal Methods and Trial Advocacy Programs have gained national recognition, with the Legal Writing program highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and the Trial Team and Moot Court Boards frequently winning regional and national competitions.

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FACULTY

Our faculty are nationally recognized scholars and experienced practitioners who share a commitment to innovative teaching and the integration of theory and practice, as well as being widely recognized as experts in their fields. They are innovators and entrepreneurs who develop teaching strategies that engage students.  And they develop close mentoring relationships with students, leveraging their own relationships with colleagues in the legal community to help students build professional networks.

Our professors publish in leading scholarly journals and present their work nationally and internationally. They are also widely respected outside of legal education; our professors appear on CNN and NPR, are quoted in the New York Times, and testify before Congress. On issues ranging from national health-care policy to the future of Social Security, or from race and the criminal justice system to the importance of having cameras in the courthouse, our faculty are opinion leaders.

 

STUDENT LIFE

The law school is a lively community that celebrates diversity and encourages students to pursue their passions. In addition to accruing an exemplary record of performance with the Trial Team, Moot Court Board, Alternative Dispute Resolution Team and LawMeets, students take key leadership roles in the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division and organize activities through the American Constitution Society, the Black Law Students Association, the Federalist Society, the International Law and Human Rights Society, the Latin American Law Student Association, OUTLAW, and the Women’s Law Society and other groups. The student-led Drexel Law Review has published work from America’s leading jurists and scholars and has been cited by the American Bar Association House of Delegates.

 

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CAREER STRATEGIES

Our Career Strategies Office features three full-time attorney advisors, including a specialist in government and public interest law. Services range from individual counseling, mock interviews, and résumé and cover-letter writing to a host of recruiting events, mentoring programs, and networking opportunities. Students receive intensive support and guidance for developing career strategies from advisors and faculty starting with the first year. Employers are regular visitors for receptions and events in addition to our On-Campus Interviewing Programs. Our job placement numbers exceed those of most other law schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.  All students are eligible to receive up to $250 to support their professional development, which they can apply toward travel for interviews, attendance at conferences, and more.