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Life in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, affectionately called Philly or The City of Brotherly Love, is an exciting place to live, study and practice law. As the second-biggest city on the East Coast, Philadelphia boasts an abundance of eclectic restaurants, theaters, nightclubs, museums and other cultural and recreational resources tucked into diverse neighborhoods.

A Dynamic and Lively City

  • Ranked #1 for culture by Travel+Leisure magazine and named one of America’s hottest cities of the future by Business Insider.
  • Neighborhoods from University City to Old City host the city's best chefs, artists and entrepreneurs, while Logan Square features Drexel's Academy of Natural Sciences, and Center City’s Avenue of the Arts offers treasures like the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts – home to the Philadelphia Orchestra – the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Ballet.
  • A well known and vibrant legal community. 

Rich in Culture and Tradition

  • The city’s theater scene features a wide range of offerings that include the annual Lively Arts Festival and Philly Fringe. Food options range from internationally known high-end restaurants like Le Bec-Fin to mom and pop eateries that dispense ubiquitous cheese steaks.
  • Fairmount Park is the nation’s largest municipal park, covering 9,200 acres bursting with opportunities for hiking, biking, rowing, horseback riding, golfing or even bird watching. 
  • One of just 13 U.S. cities that have professional teams in football, baseball, basketball and hockey, Philadelphia is a paradise for sports fans. The addition of professional soccer teams – the Philadelphia Union for men and Philadelphia Independence for women – has heightened the city’s athletic luster.
  • Landmarks like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are much more than tourist destinations: they are the literal cradle of American democracy, making Philadelphia an extraordinarily rich place to learn and practice law.
  • The city is home to the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Jenkins Law Library, both founded in 1802. The PBA is the nation’s first chartered metropolitan bar organization and the Jenkins Law Library is the nation’s oldest repository of legal resources.

An Ideal Location

  • The law school is located in Philadelphia's University City, a world class neighborhood of scholars dominated by Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.
  • University City students can choose from the offerings of offbeat shops and cafes or the comforts of familiar restaurants and stores.
  • Drexel is located close to the airport and just blocks from 30th Street Train Station, putting it within easy reach of other major cities and two hours of Washington D.C. and New York.
  • University City is so close to Center City that students can walk to their co-op placements.