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Diversity Initiatives

Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession

We are committed to promoting diversity throughout the legal profession, starting with our own community, where we encourage all faculty, students and staff to thrive and achieve their personal best.

Our respect for a tradition of inclusion and for the values that diversity brings to learning are deeply rooted in Drexel University’s history. For 115 years, Drexel’s doors have been open and welcoming to those who have come from disadvantaged backgrounds, those who were not “typical” students, and those who faced major barriers to academic success: women, minorities, immigrants and the “working class.”

In keeping with this tradition, we provide:

Scholarships for Entering Students: 

We provide generous scholarships to our incoming students, helping to ensure that cost is not an obstacle for academically qualified students.

Academic Assistance: 

Our Academic Skills Program is available to all of our students. This program guides students through the fundamentals of legal analysis, outlining, and exam writing - skills that will serve them well throughout their professional lives. As part of the Legal Methods course, all first-year students receive individualized written feedback on their writing assignments and additional input during individual conferences with their professor. This support starts on the first day of orientation, when we assign each student to a faculty advisor who will offer guidance throughout his or her law school career.

Affiliation Agreements with Minority Bar Associations:

We developed affiliation agreements with many minority, ethnic and religious bar associations in the Philadelphia area, so that students who so desire can begin their careers with the support and mentorship of lawyers with whom they share common ground. We encourage students to attend and take part in bar association events and programs, especially those that promote diversity in the profession.

The Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association has a mentoring program that pairs trial lawyers with students of color, and we actively supported the launch of the Bar Buddies Program of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, which provides bar exam mentorship. Students have made the law school community even more dynamic by organizing their own affinity groups.

A Commitment to Public Service:

Our pro bono service requirement reflects a commitment to the Philadelphia community and the unmet legal needs of its men, women and children. Our Co-op Program includes placements in public interest organizations, which give students additional options for serving the underrepresented.