School of Law

The School of Law is the first law school to be founded by a major private research university in 30 years. The School of Law is built on the strengths of Drexel University, including experiential education and the fields of engineering, science, business, and health care.

The School offers the Juris Doctor (JD) degree, which has been designed to prepare law students for the challenges of 21st-century practice. Students can elect to fulfill concentrations in business and entrepreneurship law, health law, intellectual property law, and criminal law. The School also offers a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program for individuals in other disciplines and professions who would benefit  from focused legal knowledge in their field.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the School of Law include knowledge of the law, training in practical skills, and commitment to professionalism. The Juris Doctor (JD) degree program offers a standard law school curriculum, to ensure that its graduates are well-equipped to pass the bar examination upon graduation and to be competent legal professionals, regardless of their particular practice areas. Students may complete the JD on a full-time basis in either two or three years.

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program and associated Certificates, designed for individuals who are not seeking to become attorneys, are intended to develop and improve career-related skills through the study of the legal system, legal writing, law, regulation, and policy. 

Accreditation

The Juris Doctor program at the School of Law  is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA does not offer accreditation to non-JD programs, but has acquiesced to the Master of Legal Studies and Certificate programs offered by the Drexel University School of Law.


 

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the School of Law is determined using a variety of factors evaluated by the law admissions committee. For Juris Doctor (JD) candidates, the committee evaluates the student’s LSAT score, academic record (including graduate degrees), work and volunteer experience, and personal background.

To apply, prospective JD students submit the following:

  • a resume - describing employment history, including part-time and summer employment.
  • a personal statement - essay discussing motivation for attending law school and how the Earle Mack School of Law will help the applicant achieve his or her goals.
  • LSDAS registration - all applicants, including those educated abroad, are required to register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). The LSDAS will provide Drexel University with a report containing information important in the admission process.

Visit the Law School Admission Council Website at www.lsac.org for more information and to register.

The report includes an undergraduate academic summary; undergraduate, graduate and law/professional school transcripts; LSAT scores; and letters of recommendation (at least two) processed by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

To access the online application or for additional guidelines on how to apply, visit the School of Law website.

Students who are interested in the Master of Legal Studies or Certificate Programs should visit www.drexel.com to apply through Drexel University Online.

Facilities

Located in the heart of the University’s main campus in University City, the School of Law is in a 57,254 square foot facility that includes:

  • a 2-story atrium and balcony area for meetings, receptions and casual conversation
  • two large classrooms, seating 72
  • one moot courtroom, seating 65
  • one medium classroom, seating 55
  • two classrooms, seating 32
  • two seminar rooms
  • one classroom, seating 18
  • thirty-seven offices for full-time faculty, plus 2 offices for adjunct professors
  • office space for student organizations, Trial Team, Moot Court, Law Review and in-house clinics
  • the Legal Research Center, one-floor library with 14,500 linear feet of shelving
  • quiet study areas and group study rooms within the library

The entire area shares Drexel's campus-wide wireless access to the internet, and all classrooms include data ports for each student and high-tech audio/visual resources. The law building is located on Market Street, between 33rd and 34th Streets. It is also a half-block from both the Market-Frankford elevated subway line (serving Center City and the Northeast), as well as the subway-surface lines (serving the City's western suburbs), making the law school convenient to where students will live and to the courts and co-op placements in the downtown legal district.

School of Law Faculty

Tabatha Abu El-Haj, PhD, LLM, JD (New York University; Georgetown University Law Center; New York University School of Law). Associate Professor. Constitutional law (specifically, First Amendment and election law), popular constitutionalism, administrative law, and the sociology of law.
Bret D. Asbury, JD (Yale Law School). Associate Professor. Civil procedure; law and literature.
Adam Benforado, JD (Harvard Law School). Associate Professor. Law and mind sciences, corporate law and contract law.
Mark P. Bernstein, MLS, JD (University of Pittsburgh; Tulane University Law School) Legal Research Center Director. Professor. Legal research, legal education, interdisciplinary research and the role of librarians as educators.
Amelia Boss, JD (Rutgers-Camden School of Law). Trustee Professor. Commercial law, including electronic payment systems, bankruptcy and contracts.
Susan Brooks, JD (New York University) Associate Dean for Experiential Learning. Professor. Clinical and co-op education; family law; children's rights; legal ethics.
Chapin Cimino, JD (University of Chicago Law School). Associate Professor. Contract law; constitutional law; law and humanities; higher education law.
David S. Cohen, JD (Columbia University School of Law). Associate Professor. Constitutional law; civil rights; sex discrimination.
Clare Keefe Coleman, JD (Villanova University School of Law) Director of Student Advising. Assistant Teaching Professor. Writing specialist.
Roger J. Dennis, JD (Northwestern University School of Law) Dean of the Earle Mack School of Law. Professor. Corporate law; business organizations; civil procedure; law and economics.
Tracye Edwards, JD (Duke University School of Law). Auxiliary Assistant Professor. Co-op education.
Daniel M. Filler, JD (New York University School of Law) Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. Professor. Criminal law and procedure; sentencing and death penalty; law and society; law and humanities.
Richard H. Frankel, LLM, JD (Georgetown University Law Center; Yale Law School) Director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic. Associate Professor. Appellate litigation, access to justice in areas including consumer, administrative, and immigration law.
Barry Furrow, JD (Harvard Law School) Director of Health Law Concentration. Professor. Health law; torts.
Alex Geisinger, LLM, JD (Harvard Law School; University of Connecticut School of Law). Professor. Environmental law; torts; commercial law; behavioral law and economics.
Deborah Gordon, JD (New York University School of Law). Assistant Professor. Trusts and estates, gift tax, legal methods.
Beth L. Haas, JD (Villanova University School of Law) Faculty Director for Online Education. Assistant Teaching Professor. Aviation litigation, product liability defense and toxic torts.
Aimèe Kahan, JD (University of Pennsylvania School of Law) Director of the Master of Legal Studies Program. Assistant Teaching Professor. Appellate law and the functioning of court and judicial systems; bioethics; reproductive rights; intersection of law and religion.
Anil Kalhan, MPPM, JD (Yale School of Management; Yale Law School). Associate Professor. Immigration and citizenship law, constitutional law, comparative law and criminal law.
Nancy C. Kraybill, JD (University of California-Los Angeles School of Law) Director of Academic Skills. Associate Teaching Professor. Arbitration, mediation, civil litigation and academic skill development.
Rachel Lopez, LLM, JD (Universite Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne; University of Texas School of Law). Assistant Professor. Appellate law and the functioning of court and judicial systems; bioethics; reproductive rights; intersection of law and religion.
Lisa T. McElroy, JD (Harvard Law School). Associate Professor. Legal methods; United States Supreme Court practice, family law.
Amy Montemarano, JD (Rutgers University School of Law – Camden). Assistant Teaching Professor. Legal research and writing.
Kevin P. Oates, LLM, JD (Temple University School of Law; Pace University School of Law) Senior Associate Dean of Students. Associate Professor. Legal methods; evidence; conflicts of law; legal ethics.
Karl Okamoto, JD (Columbia University School of Law) Director of Business and Entrepreneurial Law Concentration. Professor. Entrepreneurship; business organizations; corporate law; venture finance; securities law.
Reena E. Parambath, JD (Temple University School of Law) Director of the Co-op Program. Associate Teaching Professor.
Pammela Quinn Saunders, JD (Duke University School of Law). Assistant Professor. International law and enforcement of legal norms at the international and domestic levels.
Terry Jean Seligmann, JD (New York University School of Law) Director of Legal Writing. Arlin M. Adams Professor of Legal Writing. Legal methods; education and special education law.
Norman P Stein, JD (Duke University School of Law). Professor. Pension law; employee benefits; tax law.
Gwen Roseman Stern, JD (Temple University School of Law) Director of Trial Advocacy. Associate Teaching Professor. Medical malpractice and product-liability law, trial advocacy and community awareness of legal procedures.
Donald F. Tibbs, PhD, LLM, JD (Arizona State University; University of Wisconsin Law School; University of Pittsburgh School of Law). Associate Professor. The overlapping issues of law, civil rights, criminal procedure, race and punishment and professional responsibility.
Kevin Woodson, PhD, JD (Princeton University; Yale Law School). Assistant Professor. Race and the legal profession; criminal procedure; civil rights law.
Emily B. Zimmerman, JD (Yale Law School). Associate Professor. Legal methods; criminal law and procedure.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Rose Corrigan, PhD (Rutgers University) Director of Women's Studies Program. Associate Professor. Women, public law, American politics and policy.
David DeMatteo, PhD, JD (MCP Hahnemann University; Villanova University School of Law) Director of the JD-PhD Program in Law and Psychology. Associate Professor. Psychopathy, forensic mental health assessment, drug policy; offender diversion.
Robert I. Field, PhD, JD, MPH (Boston University; Columbia University School of Law; Harvard University School of Public Health) Joint Appointment between Drexel School of Public Health and Earle Mack School of Law. Professor. Health law and public health; ethical issues in managed care, public policy and legal facets of health care reform and genetic screening.
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