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Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

The Kline School of Law is an uncommonly dynamic community that is both supportive and challenging. Students learn from nationally recognized professors and have a multitude of opportunities to gain firsthand experience practicing the law in courtrooms, boardrooms and beyond. All students complete either a co-op or clinic placement (or both) while also providing at least 50 hours of pro bono service. A 2-year JD option is available to highly motivated students who wish to complete the full complement of courses in just 24 months. Students who wish to focus their studies may complete a concentration in: Business and Entrepreneurship Law, Criminal Law, Health Law or Intellectual Property Law.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 422
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 154 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.02 - 3.6
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 86.87%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 77.4%
Tuition $40,270

Overview

Overview

About Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

The Kline School of Law is an uncommonly dynamic community that is both supportive and challenging. Students learn from nationally recognized professors and have a multitude of opportunities to gain firsthand experience practicing the law in courtrooms, boardrooms and beyond. All students complete either a co-op or clinic placement (or both) while also providing at least 50 hours of pro bono service. A 2-year JD option is available to highly motivated students who wish to complete the full complement of courses in just 24 months. Students who wish to focus their studies may complete a concentration in: Business and Entrepreneurship Law, Criminal Law, Health Law or Intellectual Property Law.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law is to educate students to become knowledgeable, skilled and engaged lawyers. Our graduates will have a deep understanding of the context of legal practice in a technologically sophisticated, increasingly specialized profession. They will have developed the knowledge and skills needed for successful practice through academic and practice-based education. They will be lawyers who serve their communities and recognize their obligation to provide legal representation and access to justice to all members of society. The Kline School of Law will foster an environment where faculty and students critically examine and seek to improve the law and legal systems, the legal profession and legal education.

Reviews

Drexel’s brand-new law school was established in 2006, and “As a new school, every­thing is modern and state of the art.” Students name the school’s newness as one of its strengths: the professors are passionate and dedicated to making a name for the school, all the facilities are up to date, and the school offers competitive financial aid packages to attract legal talent. “This school may not have the long-standing reputation of many other schools throughout the country, but the fact that it is so new makes the faculty and staff strive to help the students achieve success.” The “very accessible” faculty, particu­larly, impress Drexel’s students: Drexel “has the most invested administration and fac­ulty of any of the law schools I considered” because they “went out and recruited some of the best of the best to be members of the faculty.” Budding lawyers revere the ethical grounding of the school, too: “The Dean of Students is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met and his ethos of honesty, integrity and passion for the law can be found throughout the Administration and the Faculty.”Drexel’s graduates feel well-prepared for the job market due to the program’s “empha­sis on gaining practical experience,” and creating ““work-ready” graduates.” “Drexel does an excellent job making networking easy.” “Gone are the days where employment waits for every single one of those who complete a JD program. With this truth in mind, Drexel Law equips its students to be practicing attorneys before even taking a bar exam.” Indeed, “the law school strongly encourages students to co-op for a semester,” and requires a measure of pro-bono legal work: “Drexel offers so many experiential learning opportunities through co-op, clinics, fellowships, the pro-bono requirement, and intern­ships/externships.” It seems the university has taken seriously its obligation to measure up to older highly-ranked schools, which students notice and appreciate: “Drexel’s com­mitment to building a top-notch law school shows not only in its staffing and funding levels, but in the strong extra-curricular support and skills training they make available to us.”Students also feel that because Drexel’s law school isn’t old, it hasn’t struggled to break free of the values of the old guard in the way that other programs may: “I think the diversity and academic learning environment are this school’s strong suit. I briefly attended a highly ranked school and I quickly realized that tolerance and diversity were not as prevalent as I had expected.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 136

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

J.D./M.B.A. 4 years J.D./Ph.D. Psychology 7 years J.D./M.P.H. 4 years J.D/M.S.L.I.S. (Master of Science in Library and Information Science) 3-4 years J.D./M.S.P.P. (Master of Science in Public Policy) 3 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 68
Full-Time Faculty 25
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 34
Faculty Gender 55% Male
44% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 56% Male
44% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 68%
Multi-racial 1%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 12%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 4%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $40,270 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $53,270 $40,270

Financial Aid

95% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$44,444 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 154 - 159
LSAT Total 154 - 159

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.02 - 3.6
Total 3.02 - 3.6

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities

Optional: Academic GPA, Interview, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#6 Most Diverse Faculty

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 79%
First Time Pass Rate 87%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 30
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 77%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 19 16%
Firm Sized 11-25 7 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 2 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 5%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 4%
Firm Sized 501+ 4 3%
Business Industry 28 23%
Government 19 16%
Public Interest 9 8%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 14 12%
Academia 3 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 5 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 22 14%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 3%
NJ 12%
PA 60%
International 2%

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