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A Message From Our Dean

Message from the Dean: How we're raising the bar

How does one educate outstanding, reflective practitioners? The legal academy has been grappling with that question for decades.

We know that a great law school combines theory and practice. And we also know that a law school can truly excel when it’s embedded in a comprehensive national research university that’s on the move. Last, but hardly least, we know that a premier law school can set a new standard and model exemplary behavior by adapting to change.

Since we opened our doors, we have offered an exceptional and accomplished faculty, a challenging curriculum and a variety of experiential learning opportunities in a vast range of practical settings. We have more recently launched offerings that include an accelerated 2-year JD option and a Master of Legal Studies program that will serve those interested in developing a knowledge base that will serve them in the rapidly growing compliance arena. We have also decided to implement a professional practice requirement for all JD students, starting with the Class of 2017.

To support our students’ efforts to launch their professional networks and find jobs, we created a Professional Development Fund that provides each with up to $250 toward the cost of bar association dues, registration for career fairs, CLEs and other activities.

Fortunately, we are located in Philadelphia, amid a legal community unmatched in richness and quality. Drexel Law students engage with practicing lawyers through cooperative education and pro bono programs. Our curricular concentrations in Business and Entrepreneurship Law, Criminal Law, Health Law and Intellectual Property Law mirror the strengths of the bar and our region's economy.

In a few short years, we’ve assembled an outstanding faculty, all deeply engaged scholars and impressively accomplished practitioners. Alongside law students and staff, our professors have created a real sense of community.

Our peers in the legal academy have acknowledged the excellence of scholarship produced by our faculty, as reflected in the fact that the Association of American Law Schools approved our membership just five months after we received full accreditation from the American Bar Association.

Every day, our commitment to raising the bar grows stronger. If you want to know more about our approach, I invite you to contact me directly at roger.j.dennis@drexel.edu.