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  • Hofstra Law and AFCC Family Law Writing Competition

    Deadline: February 1, 2021

    The subject of entries may be within any area of family law, although topics that focus on international or interdisciplinary subjects of family law are especially encouraged.

    Hofstra Law and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) are sponsoring the eleventh annual Family Law Writing Competition. The competition is run in cooperation with the editorial staff of the Family Court Review, which is the academic and research journal of AFCC. The Family Court Review is an interdisciplinary and international journal published quarterly by Wiley and in cooperation with the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at Hofstra Law. The Family Court Review contributes to and facilitates discourse among the judicial, legal, mediation, mental health and social services communities.

    The subject of entries may be within any area of family law, although topics that focus on international or interdisciplinary subjects of family law are especially encouraged. Articles should concentrate on a current legal issue and must have a strong foundation in legal research. Use of interdisciplinary sources may also be appropriate for many topics. Entries will be judged on the quality of legal analysis, originality, depth of research, timeliness, creativity and format. The Family Court Review’s editors and a subcommittee of editorial board members will evaluate all articles.

    Learn More

    08.31

  • Equal Justice Works Career Fair & Conference

    Register by September 18 to apply for pre-scheduled interviews

    The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair, bringing together more than 200 public interest employers to conduct interviews for full-time positions and internships.

    Register by September 18 to apply for pre-scheduled interviews. Select university payment option, as KSoL will cover your registration fee.

    The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair, bringing together more than 200 public interest employers to conduct interviews for full-time positions and internships.  

    In addition to interviews there are informal table talks, as well as conference sessions dedicated to post graduate fellowships and public interest practice.

    08.31

  • Locker Clean-out - Additional Times

    We have added two more days for locker clean-outs: Wednesday, September 2, and Wednesday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These will be the last locker clean-out days.

    We have added two more days for locker clean-outs: Wednesday, September 2, and Wednesday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These will be the last locker clean-out days. Anything remaining in or on top of lockers after Wednesday, September 9, will be thrown out. We will get in touch separately if you have previously communicated that you are unable to return to the Philadelphia area.

    Locker Clean-out Sign-up: Choose a locker location at the top and then scroll the month to September to choose the appropriate day.

    The sign-up system provides time windows so people do not congregate. Clean out your locker at the time you sign up for only, not at any other times, even if you are in the building at another time.

    Because staff and other students are now present on the building, you now must have a “cleared” COVID test result, uploaded through REDCap, to come to campus. If you are enrolled in classes and have already been cleared to attend in person, you do not need a new test. As always, you must wear a mask while in the building.

    08.31

  • American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

    Deadline: December 1, 2020

    The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce its 2021 annual writing competition to recognize significant written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law.

    The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce its 2021 annual writing competition to recognize significant written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law.

    Learn More

    08.31

  • Let’s DiveIN + Be Well: Office Hours for Danielle Boardley

    Danielle Boardley, director of diversity, inclusion and student belonging, offers virtual office hours during the week. You can sign up here.

    Sense of belonging is, at the most basic level, whether or not each individual within our community feels respected, valued, accepted, cared for, included, and that they matter, in the (virtual) classroom, in the law school, or in their chosen career path. Danielle Boardley, director of diversity, inclusion and student belonging, offers virtual office hours during the week. You can sign up here.

    08.24

  • CSO Zoom Open Office Hours

    Hours listed through September 16

    CSO staff will host Open Zoom office hours for 2Ls and 3Ls to drop in and ask a question or get information.

    The CSO is Open! CSO staff will host Open Zoom office hours for 2Ls and 3Ls to drop in and ask a question or get information. Advisors will be available from 1 to 2 p.m. as follows:

    • Monday, August 24: Liz
    • Wednesday, August 26: Jen
    • Monday, August 31: Liz
    • Wednesday, September 2: Joanna
    • Wednesday, September 9: Jen
    • Monday, September 14: Joanna
    • Wednesday, September 16: Liz

    BYOC (bring your own coffee) and join on Zoom.

    As always, you can schedule an individual appointment with a CSO counselor via Symplicity.

    08.24

  • Apply for Fall Pro Bono Opportunities

    Deadline: August 25, 2020

    As you begin the Fall Semester, keep in mind that it is time to start working towards satisfying the 50-hour Pro Bono Service Requirement for all JD students.

    Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful summer. As you begin the Fall Semester, keep in mind that it is time to start working towards satisfying the 50-hour Pro Bono Service Requirement (All JD students). Please be mindful when planning your pro bono service for the year that most projects are not structured for students to earn 50 hours in one semester. Due to the current pandemic most of these projects will be conducted remotely and unfortunately some projects are not being offered this semester.

    Below is an updated list of the Pro Bono Opportunities that are available for you to enroll in this semester.  Training for these projects will take place during the first few weeks of the Fall Semester.  If you are interested in participating in any of these projects, please be sure to submit your resume (some projects require a statement of interest and/or interview) and rank your choices in order of preference no later than the registration deadline of Tuesday, August 25, at 12 p.m. Please be sure to list more than one choice as space is limited in all projects. Listing only one opportunity does not increase your chances of being placed in that project.

    I hope you find the projects interesting and the descriptions below informative.  If you have questions about any of the projects, or the Pro Bono Requirement, in general, please be in touch.  I’m excited to work with each of you to find a rewarding and meaningful pro bono experience!  

    Direct Legal Services

    Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia 

    Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia is an urban legal ministry which seeks to address injustice and poverty in partnership with existing inner city host ministries by bringing volunteer attorneys and law students into neighborhoods where their services are most needed. There are legal clinics in North, South, and West Philadelphia, as well as Chester. Clinic clients receive a free one-hour consultation. Where ongoing representation is indicated, CLCP coordinates referrals. CLCP seeks law students to assist with client intake and consultation. Volunteers are not required to be of a certain faith background to participate in this project. Each volunteer will be required to commit to one 3-hour clinic per month. 

    Training for this pro bono project will take place at a date TBA.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me (rashida.t.west@drexel.edu) and Jaimee Hatcher (jhatcher@clcphila.org) by Tuesday, August 25 at 12 p.m.

    Criminal Record Expungement Clinic

    The Criminal Record Expungement Project (C-REP) is dedicated to working with the community to reduce the collateral effects of criminal records.  C-REP provides free direct legal services to individuals seeking to expunge non-conviction records in Philadelphia County. Volunteer attorneys and law students host community clinics and provide legal counsel through all stages of the expungement process, including representing clients before the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. Students must be available to staff the clinic one Friday afternoon a month and then on the off weeks, actively work on cases opened through the clinic. 

    Training for this pro bono project will take place at a date TBA.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me (rashida.t.west@drexel.edu) by Tuesday, August 25, at 12 p.m.

    Episcopal Legal Aid Clinic

    Episcopal Legal Aid is a non-profit legal aid organization that delivers free legal services in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.  ELA partners with churches and agencies that are distributing food in local communities to gain permission to set up an area during the distribution where clients can meet with an attorney and  discuss their legal concerns.  These short sessions are followed by longer conversations over the phone or by e-mail.  ELA then works on resolving the client's issue or, if appropriate, referring it to an attorney with specialized expertise.

    Training for this pro bono project will take place at a date TBA.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me (rashida.t.west@drexel.edu) by Tuesday, August 25, at 12 p.m.

    Estate Planning Clinic

    Students will staff monthly estate planning clinics. Students will be trained in simple estate planning and will draft Powers of Attorneys, Advanced Medical Directives, and Wills for our clients. The clinics will be held Friday afternoons and students must commit to participate in this project for the entire academic year. Up to 16 students can participate in this project. 

    Training for this pro bono project will take place via Zoom on Friday, September 4.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me (rashida.t.west@drexel.edu) by Tuesday, August 25, at 12 p.m.

    SeniorLAW HelpLine

    The Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine, a project of SeniorLAW Center, provides free and confidential legal counseling, information, and referrals to older Pennsylvanians throughout diverse communities of the Commonwealth, including rural areas where there are few, if any, legal resources.  The HelpLine handles a wide and interesting universe of civil legal issues, including real estate/housing, consumer protection, family law, estate and advance planning tools, public benefits, elder abuse, and neighbor disputes.  After training, students will handle client intake activities – returning calls, collecting demographic information, and determining eligibility – and will elicit additional information to identify the legal issues. Interested students may have the opportunity to conduct research and/or assist in writing updates for the SeniorLAW website and other written resources.  As scheduling permits, students may also have the opportunity to accompany staff attorneys to Family, Landlord/Tenant, and/or Mortgage Foreclosure Court. The HelpLine Coordinator and Legal Director will supervise all student work. Students must commit to work at least one half-day per week (4-hour shift) for the entire semester to participate in this project.

    Training for this pro bono project will take place at a date TBA.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me (rashida.t.west@drexel.edu) by Tuesday, August 25, at 12 p.m.

    Small Business Development Project

    The Small Business Development Project will provide free start-up legal assistance to selected area businesses and non-profit organizations. Student volunteers will create and host workshops for community members interested in learning more about forming and operating a small business or non-profit organization. After attending a workshop, if a community member or group meets our requirements, we will take them on as a client and student volunteers will handle the transactional legal issues that arise when forming and running a business.

    Training for this pro bono project will take place on a date in September to be determined.  This project will only run during the fall semester. If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me (rashida.t.west@drexel.edu) by Tuesday, August 25, at 12 p.m.

    Working With Youth

    Rapid Access to Public Benefits

    In partnership with The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP), students will assist youth (18 – 21 years old) aging out of the child welfare system to gain rapid access to Social Security (SSI) benefits.  Once trained, students will conduct client interviews, obtain medical records, complete SSI application forms, write letters of support for clients, and participate in all other aspects of case development.  Due to the expedited nature of these cases, students will have the opportunity to work on cases from start to finish.  Students are asked to volunteer 2 - 4 hours a week and can set their own schedules each semester. 

    Training for this pro bono project will take place at a date TBA.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me (rashida.t.west@drexel.edu) by Tuesday, August 25, at 12 p.m.

    Immigration Project

    HIAS Pennsylvania provides immigration legal services to low-income immigrants in our region, assisting in matters from family reunification to naturalization to deportation defense. We focus on serving the most vulnerable, including refugees, asylum-seekers, unaccompanied children, and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. Law students will work with our intake coordinator to screen callers for eligibility for legal relief and for HIAS PA's services. Students will interview potential clients to gather information about their claims, prepare write-ups for attorney review, and will follow-up as directed to provide guidance and referrals. Students with foreign language abilities will have the opportunity to use these skills. 

    Training for this pro bono project will take place at a date TBA.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me (rashida.t.west@drexel.edu) by Tuesday, August 25, at 12 p.m.

    Student Organization Run Projects

    Employment Advocacy Project – Labor & Employment Law Society 

    The Employment Advocacy Project advocates for the rights of employees and represents unemployed workers who are appealing their denials of unemployment compensation, as well as dealing with novel issues related to accessing their benefits during the pandemic. In partnership with Philadelphia Legal Assistance, this project offers student advocates the opportunity to provide full representation to clients, including client interviews, legal research, research and writing, and representation in mini-trials before an administrative law judge. The project is open to all students; however, in order to be accepted a student must have two different open three hour blocks of time between 8am and 3pm during the workweek.  This availability ensures that Philadelphia Legal Assistance will be able to assign hearings and briefs to the student.  Students should expect to take at least 2 cases during the semester. This project will be remote through at least the end of 2020, with representation taking place through telephone hearings and written briefs. All trainings and supervision will take place through videos, phone calls, and written materials. 

    Trainings will begin at the beginning of the semester. We are looking for students who have a demonstrated interest in either employment issues, indigent advocacy, or ideally, both. If you are interested in participating in this project, please submit a short (no more than one page) letter of interest and resume to (me) Rashida.t.west@drexel.edu and the EAP attorney supervisor (Rachel Miller) at rmiller@philalegal.org by Tuesday, August 25, at 12 p.m. 

    Irish Immigration Clinic – Brehon Society Project

    Law students will work with a licensed immigration attorney to conduct intake interviews and help fill out immigration paperwork, including N-400s and I-95s.  Students will have the opportunity to gain firsthand information about immigration law and the immigration process.  The clinic is held on the first and third Monday of each month from 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM at the Irish Immigration and Pastoral Center in Upper Darby, which is easily accessible via public transit.  The clinic is open to all members of the Drexel Brehons, and all other students are welcome to join.  Scheduling needs vary on a monthly basis, depending on how many appointments are scheduled.  Students are not required to attend every clinic in order to volunteer.  Scheduling is typically done one week before the clinic date, in order to properly accommodate the scheduled appointments.  

    The Brehons will set the training schedule for this project.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me (rashida.t.west@drexel.edu) by Tuesday, August 25, at 12 p.m.

    Escorting Project – LSRJ Project

    Students are trained in relevant law and observe protesters outside of abortion clinics to help ensure women have safe and legal access to services under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. Should a student escort perceive a potential violation of a woman's safe and lawful access to services, he or she will take a full report of the incident and file his or her notes with appropriate officials. The project is open to all members of LSRJ, and all other students are welcome to join.  

    LSRJ will set the training schedule for this project.  If you are interested in participating in this pro bono project, please submit your resume to me (rashida.t.west@drexel.edu) by Tuesday, August 25, at 12 p.m.

    08.24

  • CSO Exploration Event Series

    The Career Exploration Series showcases faculty experts, accomplished attorneys and student leaders from the Kline School of Law. Each panel will highlight specific practice areas, share tips for job search success and include time for Q&A. Join us as we explore the possibilities.

    The Career Exploration Series showcases faculty experts, accomplished attorneys, and student leaders from the Kline School of Law. Each panel will highlight specific practice areas, share tips for job search success and include time for Q&A. Join us as we explore the possibilities.

    For more information on the series, visit the Career Exploration Series webpage.

    The first event is Monday, August 31, and will feature Professor Amy Landers discussing Intellectual Property Law. Register here.

    08.24

  • December Graduation

    Information on applying to graduate in December 2020.

    Students who intend to graduate in December should apply for their degree on DrexelOne by September 30. Under the Academics tab, click “Apply for Graduation” on the right. If you have any changes to make, such as adding or removing a concentration or changing your legal name, please do so prior to applying.

    08.17

  • Academic Calendar

    The University will now recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 

    The University will now recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day (formerly Columbus Day); thus, the law school will be closed and no classes will meet in any modality on October 12, 2020.

    08.17

  • Participate in a Research Study about Legal Decision-making

    A doctoral candidate from Drexel University is seeking individuals who are enrolled full-time in law school to participate in a research study.

    A doctoral candidate from Drexel University is seeking individuals who are enrolled full-time in law school to participate in a research study. Participants will be asked to complete a survey and will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card for their time. The survey should take approximately 30-45 minutes. For questions or concerns, please contact Victoria Pietruszka, M.S., J.D., at vlp37@drexel.edu.

    Read more and complete the survey

    08.17

  • Preparing for Fall

    Information on how to prepare for the fall 2020 semester. 

    • You will need a Drexel Zoom account to log into any remote classes; personal accounts cannot be used. See the Zoom login and download instructions for assistance with this.
    • Required and recommended textbooks are viewable through the campus bookstore. You can use the “Buy Books” link on the Academics tab in DrexelOne, or you can go to the site directly and search “Fall Law 2020” term under Textbooks.
    • First week reading assignments are available on DragonNet, and are updated as they are received from the instructors. Instructors may also send introductory emails to your Drexel account.
    • Blackboard course sites will be opening this week, and no later than August 24.
    • Add/Drop: Upper-level students may add and drop classes online through Sunday, September 6. Permission is needed to withdraw from a course after this date. September 6 is also the deadline for students to submit approved paperwork for Independent Studies or Field Practica.
    • Summer JD grades are expected to be available on or before August 24. We will let you know once they have been posted and checked.
    • Please note (and remind anyone else who may be sending in your tuition payment) that tuition checks should not be sent directly to the law school. Payment methods and addresses are listed on the Drexel Central site.
    • The AY 2020-21 Handbook is now available, including a COVID-19 addendum summarizing coronavirus-related policies.

    08.14

  • Introducing DragonNet

    Introducing our new intranet, DragonNet.

    Our new intranet is ready to go! Branded as "DragonNet," this new intranet replaces and improves upon the old "Community Property" site. On this site, you will find:

    • Registration and Exam information
    • Documents and forms
    • Daily calendar of building events
    • Links and information

    Both students and faculty/staff should get in the habit of checking this site for answers and resources. The full url is https://drexel0.sharepoint.com/sites/Law_Hub. You can always find the link on the front page of the website, and undoubtedly in multiple emails and sites going forward. If there is something of wider use you think should be added there, let us know.

     

    08.14

  • Bidding Open for MABLSA Virtual Job Fair

    Join the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association as we host law students, alumni and employers from across the region at the 2020 MABLSA Job Fair on Saturday, August 29.

    Join the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association as we host law students, alumni and employers from across the region at the 2020 MABLSA Job Fair on Saturday, August 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is an invaluable opportunity to network, explore career opportunities and receive invaluable information to further advance your success in the legal profession!  

    Students must be current National Black Law Students Association members to participate. If you are unsure of your membership status or have questions, contact the National Director of Membership at membership@nblsa.org. Students who do not pay National Dues ("Non-Dues Paying") will be required to pay a $25.00 registration fee. Details can be found here. Register and bid here.

    08.10

  • Drexel Counseling Center Offers Group Therapy via Zoom

    The Drexel University Counseling Center is now providing group therapy via Zoom.

    For more information or to learn how to sign up, please email counseling@drexel.edu or visit our website.

    Students of Color: Connecting Around Similarity and Difference

    This group aims to provide Black students, Indigenous students, and students of color with a safe and supportive space in which to connect around similarities and differences. Students will be invited to share experiences, process emotions, provide support, give feedback to one another, and develop self-awareness.

    Understanding Self and Others: International Students

    This group offers a safe, supportive space to explore the unique experiences of international students. This group allows the opportunity for international students to connect with one another and share their successes, difficulties, and personal growth as they navigate the culture of Drexel and the United States.

    Understanding Self and Others: Intersecting Queer Identities

    This group provides a safe and supportive environment for undergraduate and graduate LGBTQ+ or questioning students to share their concerns and experiences, receive and give honest feedback and support, and learn about themselves and how they relate to others.

    Chaotic Families

    This group provides an opportunity to share with and get the support of others who have been raised in dysfunctional families (addiction, physical and/or mental illness, controlling behavior, neglect, etc.).

    Understanding Self and Others

    A safe and supportive environment to learn about yourself and how others see you, how to cope with problems (including stress, anxiety, sadness), and develop more satisfying relationships.

    Grad Group

    Similar to the Understanding Self and Others group, this group is for graduate-level students who want to experience stronger emotional connections with others while also working through personal issues that may be unique to being a part of a graduate program at Drexel.

    08.10

  • 2020 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

    Submit registration form by August 24, 2020

    The Loyola University Chicago School of Law Patent Law Interview Program has been postponed from its originally scheduled dates to January 14-15, 2021 and will be a fully virtual interview program.

    The Loyola University Chicago School of Law Patent Law Interview Program has been postponed from its originally scheduled dates of July 23-24, 2020 to January 14-15, 2021 and will be a fully virtual interview program. This interview program targets patent law employers and 2L and 3L students from law schools across the country.

    In 2019, roughly 150 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,100 law students from across the country participated in the program. Keep in mind that there are a limited number of Philadelphia Area IP employers, so we strongly advise law students to cast a wide net, be adventurous, and interview at this important IP Job Fair. Since this is a virtual program, we think this is an investment that is worth your consideration. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit application materials to the employers they are interested in, and employers then review their materials and select the students they wish to interview at the program. Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews. We know that two KSoL students received big firm summer associate offers.

    Please note: If you previously registered for the Patent Law Interview Program in February or March of this year, YOU ARE STILL REGISTERED AND DO NOT NEED TO RE-REGISTER.

    Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

    For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website.

    Online student registration for this year’s fully virtual Patent Law Interview Program reopened on Wednesday, August 5 and will close on Thursday, August 27. To register, please complete and return the registration form to Jen Moore/CSO by Monday, August 24. Please note the $40 dollar registration fee is non-refundable and will be paid directly by CSO.

    Once registration closes, the Loyola Interview Program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address you provided on the registration form. You will upload application materials and bid on interviews later in the semester. Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in our office, Jen Moore (jdm368@drexel.edu).

    08.10

  • The Kline School of Law, Fall 2020

    Details on the requirements you must meet before returning to campus, what your experience will be like in the law school building if you plan to be on campus, and how we planned and created of our hybrid fall experience.

    Dear Students,

    As we look forward to the beginning of the fall 2020 semester, I want to assure each of you that our staff and faculty have dedicated their summer to creating health and safety policies, designing course curricula, and securing experiential learning and pro bono opportunities to ensure that we can provide you with an exemplary law school experience, regardless of modality.

    As President Fry noted in his August 6 email, I am writing to provide further details on the requirements you must meet before returning to campus, what your experience will be like in the law school building if you plan to be on campus, and how we planned and created of our hybrid fall experience.

    Testing

    Most of Drexel University is on a quarter system, which begins in late September. Because the law school starts much earlier, we are adhering to different pre-testing requirements than those you read about in President Fry’s email yesterday. 

    All law students who will be on campus this fall will be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to beginning the fall semester. We will then require you to take a follow up test in September using the University-supplied testing kits described in President Fry’s email. 

    • As I have previously explained in an email as well as the recent virtual townhall meeting, you must take a COVID-19 test prior to coming to campus to begin your fall semester. You are required to obtain results from this test within 10 days of your return to campus. For example, if you are starting on campus on August 19, your test result must be from no earlier than August 9.  
    • In terms of securing the test, we suggest that you ask your doctor to provide an order for you to get a COVID-19 test and explain that the university is requiring testing before you can return to campus, which is a high-risk environment. Alternatively, you can explore the testing offered through CVS, Rite Aid or Pixel (LabCorp’s mail-in COVID-19 test). You need not have symptoms to obtain a test; you must only state that you will be in a special setting where the risk of transmission may be higher.  
      • Once you have received your test result you will need to report the result to the university—regardless of whether the result is negative or positive. The reporting will be done through REDCap, a secure, privacy-compliant record database that is maintained and administered by Drexel University College of Medicine. Within the next several days you will receive an email invitation to complete a survey in order to report your COVID-19 test result. Through the survey link, you will be asked for your date of birth, the date of your COVID-19 test, and to upload digital copies of your COVID-19 test results. (If you receive hardcopies of your test results, pictures of the results should be acceptable as long as the result can be read.) In anticipation of this email, you must check both your Drexel.edu email accounts as well as any personal email addresses that you have provided to the law school for Drexel communication (particularly for those students who do not yet have or recently obtained Drexel.edu accounts).

    The COVID-19 test should be covered by your medical insurance or by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Uninsured Program. If for some reason your insurance does not cover your test and you have to pay for it, please send an email with full documentation to Dean Filler at lawdean@drexel.edu, and we’ll help you get reimbursement.

    Self-Quarantine Prior to Return

    The University is requiring any student who is coming to Pennsylvania from a state designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a recommended quarantine state (see list of states here: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx) to quarantine for 14 days, either before returning to Pennsylvania or upon return to Pennsylvania and before the student’s expected return to campus. (If needed, a student can break quarantine to obtain the required COVID-19 test mentioned above; however, they should then return to quarantine.)

    Please note that for students who fall into this category and who are returning to campus during the week of August 17, their quarantine should have begun on or around August 6.

    Drexel Health Tracker App

    All students must download the Drexel Health Tracker app. Use of the app should begin on the first day of your self-quarantine in order to track your medical symptoms for the duration of your isolation. After self-quarantine, the app must be used on a daily basis to “check in” and record any symptoms. Tracking your symptoms is the best way to know if you should stay home from work or classes, get the help you may need and protect your health and the health of those around you.

    Please note that if you do not have a smartphone or if you cannot download the app, the University is developing a web-based symptom reporting system. Information on this system will be communicated as soon as it becomes available.

    Complete Training and Sign Pledge

    No later than Wednesday, August 12, at 5 p.m. EDT, every student—including those who will be entirely remote this semester—must complete an online training and must review, sign, and submit the Dragon Pledge. You can access the training and the pledge via your DrexelOne checklist or through Blackboard

    Student To Do List

    • Testing: you must have a negative COVID-19 test result within 10 days of your first arrival on campus. 
    • Test results: all students must submit their test results to the University via the REDCap survey, a link to which you will receive via email.
    • Self-Quarantine: any student coming to Pennsylvania from a state designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a recommended quarantine state (see https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspxmust quarantine for 14 days, either before returning to Pennsylvania or upon return to Pennsylvania and before the student’s expected return to campus.
    • Download Drexel Health Tracker appAll students must download and begin using the app on the first day of their self-quarantine in order to track their medical symptoms for the duration of their isolation. After self-quarantine, the app must be used on a daily basis to “check in” and record any symptoms.
    • No later than Wednesday, August 12, at 5 p.m. EDT, every student is required to complete an online return to campus training and must review, sign and submit the Dragon Pledge. You can access the training and the pledge via your DrexelOne checklist or through Blackboard.

    Expectations While in the Law School Buildings

    For any of you who missed it, here is a recap of some information that was discussed during the townhall I hosted last week. 

    • Masks must be worn at all times while in the law school buildings.
    • Social distancing must be practiced at all times both on and off campus.
    • Students must adhere to capacity limits on classrooms and shared spaces including elevators, lounges, offices, common spaces, etc.
    • Study spaces will be available in the 2nd and 3rd floor lounges as well as the LRC by reservation through a system called LibCal. The reservation system will be live on the LRC website beginning August 17. 
    • No eating will be allowed anywhere in the law school buildings. There are no exceptions.
    • The hallways, stairwells, and ingress/egress points at 3320 Market Street will be clearly marked. There will be single-direction traffic flow (going clockwise) throughout the building.
    • Room capacity limits will be clearly marked.
    • The law school courtyard will be available to students for outdoor use, with a capacity limit of 18 people. The caveat is that this space is not reserved solely for the law school; rather, it is available to anyone with a DragonCard.
    • Your DragonCard will be required to access any campus building. For the main law building at 3320 Market Street:
      • When a guard is on duty, the ADA-compliant door (located adjacent to the revolving door) will be used for ingress only, and the revolving door will be used for egress.
      • When the guard is off duty, the ADA-compliant door will serve as both ingress and egress. Social distancing must be observed, because this door will be both an ingress and an egress during these times.

    Our Fall Hybrid Experience

    Almost one third of our fall classes will be offered face to face this fall, with the remainder being offered remotely. This balance between remote and face-to-face courses has been calibrated based on several considerations, including the health and safety of the entire law school community, the availability of faculty to teach in either modality, the desire expressed by many of you for some face-to-face classes to be offered, and how we could provide you with the most meaningful law school experience possible. In addition to these considerations, we are operating within the considerable limitations on classroom capacity and building density. Despite these constraints, we have created a hybrid experience that ensures first-year law students are given the solid foundation they need at the beginning of their legal education, while upper-level students continue to receive the support and resources needed to flourish in their studies. 

    For our entering 1Ls, Torts and Contracts will be offered as both face-to-face and remote courses. Given the number of students in the incoming class, eight faculty members will be devoting much of their time to teaching these two courses across seven sections and both modalities. The course schedules have been designed so that all 1L face-to-face courses will take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

    While our 2L and 3L students have the advantage of being more familiar with Kline’s community and resources as well as the law school experience generally, we wanted to ensure that our hybrid experience provided all upper-level students the continued opportunity for face-to-face engagement if they choose, subject to limitations on classroom capacity and faculty availability. To that end, we are offering several smaller courses and seminars in person, which will largely be taught in the late afternoon and early evenings after 1L face-to-face courses have concluded for the day. This scheduling also allows us to maintain the flow of students in the building in a way that helps us manage the density of people in the building in support of health and safety requirements.

    Academic and Administrative Support

    Facing the challenge of creating a hybrid experience that meets the unique needs of all of our students depends on the continued support by our exceptional academic and administrative resources, including our offices of student affairs, career strategies, experiential learning, and our Legal Research Center (LRC). Specific details with the operational modes and hours for each office will be available online by the start of the semester. Rest assured that, regardless of modality, you will continue to have access to all our academic and student life resources.

    I know for some of you this email and all the information it contains may be overwhelming. I want to assure each of you that every policy and requirement has been carefully considered, and I feel confident that through our individual and collective efforts we will have a successful and enriching fall semester.

    Thanks,

    Kevin Oates
    Senior Associate Dean of Students and Administration

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  • PBA Project Board Matches Lawyers with Recent Graduates Seeking Professional Assignments

    The PBA COVID-19 Task Force has initiated the PBA Project Board to help these recent graduates gain paid short- and long-term professional assignments and to help members find the limited-time legal support they need.

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the bar exam has been postponed. As a result, many recent law school graduates find themselves without job prospects in the legal profession. The PBA COVID-19 Task Force has initiated the PBA Project Board to help these recent graduates gain paid short- and long-term professional assignments and to help members find the limited-time legal support they need.

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  • U.S. Department of Commerce’s First Generation Professionals Initiative

    In partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s First Generation Professionals Initiative, the Presidential Management Fellows Program is hosting a virtual information session for first generation graduate students on our upcoming application cycle.

    In partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s First Generation Professionals Initiative, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is hosting a virtual information session for first generation graduate students on our upcoming application cycle. The session will include an overview of the PMF Program, details on how to apply, and personal narratives from PMF alumni who identify as first generation students.

    First Generation students with advanced degrees (master’s or above) from all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend.

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET
    Register in advance: https://lnkd.in/eWtfybG

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  • Attorney General's Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program

    Deadline: September 8, 2020

    The Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) applications are open.

    The Career Strategies Office wants to remind students that The Attorney General’s Honors Program (HP) and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) application closes on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applications must be submitted via the online application. There are a lot of wonderful entry-level opportunities through the HP for third-year law students and recent graduates as well as (2L) paid summer internships. 

    We encourage you to review the websites and the application tips and checklist.

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  • ADR Client Counseling and Mediation Tryouts: Applications Open

    Submit application materials by August 5, 2020

    Tryout applications for the Spring 2021 Client Counseling Team and the Spring 2021 Mediation team are now open.

    Tryout applications for the Spring 2021 Client Counseling Team (download application) and the Spring 2021 Mediation Team (download application) are now open.

    • Tryouts for Client Counseling will be August 17 and 18 from 5:30 p.m. onward.
    • Tryouts for Negotiation will be August 19 and 20 from 5:30 p.m. onward.

    You may try out for either team or both if you wish. In order to try out, you must sign up and submit the corresponding applications and a copy of your resume to Nancy Kraybill (nck26@drexel.edu) and cc Gwen Armstrong (ga382@drexel.edu) by August 5 at 5 p.m. You must also sign up for a tryout time slot by August 5 at 5 p.m. using the Sign-Up Sheet function on the ADR Competition Team—Spring 2021 Tryouts for Client Counseling and Mediation Teams TWEN site. You can access this by adding this course and signing up for an available time on the Sign-Up Sheet for Client Counseling and/or Mediation. You will then be sent the tryout problem at a later date before tryouts. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Gwen Armstrong.

    If you have questions about this process or about the teams, feel free to reach out. Thanks so much. We look forward to reviewing your applications and hope you are having a good summer!

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