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Preparing the Next Generation of Advocates and Change-makers
People everywhere, regardless of circumstances, need advocates who will be in their corner. Those starting up or expanding a business, fighting an injustice, establishing their innocence, negotiating fair contracts or seeking reform through the courts – all need advocates who are attuned to their needs and the details of the law.
Drexel’s Kline School of Law is leading the way in preparing a new generation of nimble and skillful advocates who will advance justice in a world that greatly needs it. Our faculty are respected scholars who lead the national conversation on varied topics, accomplished practitioners who bring tremendous insights about the legal system to the classroom and devoted teachers who enthusiastically embrace their role as mentors.
The Kline School of Law’s experiential learning programs – Co-op, Clinics, Trial Advocacy and Pro Bono – are second to none in providing students with firsthand knowledge of professional practice combined with pro bono service.
We are grooming the very kind of advocates the world desperately needs.
And we seek partnerships with those who share our passion for justice and our commitment to ensuring that future lawyers have the knowledge and character to achieve justice for all.
This unrestricted fund is used to support the school’s leading priorities. Contributions may be used to support student scholarships, faculty and student programming or initiatives that will improve our facilities and strengthen our faculty.
This fund supports our collaboration with dozens of agencies and organizations that serve as partners in our Pro Bono Service program, ensuring that students have firsthand experience working directly with clients who lack committed advocates. It also supports students who complete unpaid summer internships in the public interest sector and those who earn Public Interest Scholarships.
This fund supports competitions we host at the Thomas R. Institute of Trial Advocacy: Trial by Combat, the nation’s first one-on-one competition for pre-law students, and the Battle of the Experts, the first mock trial competition to focus on the key role that expert witnesses play in litigation. It also supports our Trial Team, which sends students to mock trial competitions across the U.S.
This fund supports the work of the Andy and Gwen Stern Community Lawyering Clinic, in which students provide a range of legal services to residents of Mantua and Powelton Village neighborhoods adjacent to Drexel’s campus. It also supports the Estate Planning Clinic offered at Drexel’s 11th Street Family Health Services Center and the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.
The Kline School of Law is rising to the challenge of producing change as we envision the future as a place we make. You can broaden our impact by investing in the school’s future and in our commitment to the broader community.
Drexel as a Pioneering Institution
Since its founding more than 125 years ago, Drexel has become a national model for incorporating experiential learning in a world-class curriculum and producing highly skilled professionals. To continue this trajectory, we must increase investment in our professional education – the Kline School of Law. Doing so will ensure that our graduates enter the workforce with knowledge and skills that employers and clients seek.
Drexel as a Champion for the Community
The Kline School of Law ensures that students recognize the importance of devoting time to pro bono service, regardless of where they work. Our Pro Bono Service requirement and myriad opportunities to gain practical experience in public interest law through our clinics and co-op placements provide a resource that strengthens the community while giving students insights about how to put their skills to use for the betterment of society.