The JD Program

Major: Law
Degree Awarded: Juris Doctor (JD)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 85.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 22.0101
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Kline School of Law offers a rigorous law curriculum that aims to prepare students for the realities of practice, combining the classic foundation of legal education with the experiential components that are so vital to both Drexel University’s mission and to legal employers today. Students have the option of completing the JD in the traditional three years, or through an accelerated two-year program designed to get students into the legal workforce faster, with the same essential skills and knowledge.

Students spend their first year on campus being introduced to the foundations of legal analysis, skills, and professionalism in a diverse learning community. The program includes traditional first-year courses, such as contracts, property, and criminal law, as well as a critical introduction to lawmaking and statutory interpretation through a Legislation & Regulation course. The first year also includes a comprehensive legal methods course, taught by full-time faculty, which instructs students on the fundamentals of legal writing and analysis. 

The remaining curriculum exposes students to a broad array of topics relevant to the study of law. Students are required to complete courses in professional responsibility, legal writing and other practice skills, and statutory law. Students must also complete at least 50 hours of pro bono work.

The Experiential Education Program

Students are required to complete either a co-op placement or a clinical experience in order to graduate. This requirement provides students with an integrated learning experience that prepares them for the complexities of modern-day practice.

The cooperative education program (co-op) allows upper-level students to spend a semester - or in some cases, a full year - at a single legal placement. The Kline School of Law has relationships with a wide-ranging selection of co-op partners including judicial chambers, private law firms, in-house counsel offices, and non-profit organizations, but has also assisted many students in creating opportunities in other practice jurisdictions. Students are not paid for their work but will instead receive academic credits for their co-op experiences and for a lawyering practice seminar that must be taken in conjunction with the co-op. 

Clinical experiences offer students the chance to represent real clients in a clinical setting. Clinical offerings include a Civil Litigation Field Clinic, Criminal Litigation Field Clinic, Federal Appeals and Litigation Clinic, Community Lawyering Clinic, and an Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. These experiences are paired with a seminar that guides students through reflection on their work and its impact on the community.

In addition to the co-op and clinical requirement, students may also take advantage of a broad selection of simulation courses that involve in-depth trial practice, advocacy, litigation, transactional practice, and alternative dispute resolution.

About the Concentrations

The Thomas R. Kline School of Law builds on some of the strengths for which Drexel University is nationally known by offering four optional concentrations. These are areas in which there are expanding employment opportunities and a need for specialized knowledge and skills: intellectual property, health, business & entrepreneurship, and criminal law. These concentrations consist not only of specialized courses taught in the classroom, but also experiential learning opportunities such as co-ops and simulations.

Joint Degrees

For those law students interested in pursuing expertise in another area of study, the School also offers several joint degrees combining law with other subjects, including Law and Business Administration (JD/MBA), Law and Library and Information Science (JD/MSLIS), Law and Psychology (JD /PhD), Law and Public Health (JD/MPH), and Law and Public Policy (JD/MSPP). For more details about joint degree opportunities, visit the Thomas R. Kline School of Law Joint Degree website.

Additional Information

For additional information about the JD program, visit the the Thomas R. Kline School of Law website.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
LAW 550STorts4.0
LAW 552SContracts4.0
LAW 554SCivil Procedure4.0
LAW 555SLegislation and Regulation3.0
LAW 556SProperty4.0
LAW 558SCriminal Law4.0
LAW 560SConstitutional Law4.0
LAW 565SLegal Methods I3.0
LAW 566SLegal Methods II3.0
LAW 830SProfessional Responsibility3.0
Total Credits36.0

A total of 85 semester credits are required to graduate, with a minimum of 61 credits of "in-class" coursework (see Law School Student Handbook for courses that do not count.)

Additional Requirements:

Students must also complete:

1. At least one legal writing course designated as meeting the standard of the Upper-Level Writing requirement [WUL], as indicated by the course materials; and 

2. At least one Statutory course, as indicated by the course materials.

Professional Practice Requirement

To better prepare our students for the legal profession, students are required to complete either a law co-op or a law clinic.

Pro Bono Requirement

Students must fulfill a minimum of 50 hours of qualifying pro bono service.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
LAW 550STorts4.0
LAW 552SContracts4.0
LAW 554SCivil Procedure4.0
LAW 565SLegal Methods I3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 15.0
First Year
LAW 556SProperty4.0
LAW 558SCriminal Law4.0
LAW 566SLegal Methods II3.0
LAW 555SLegislation and Regulation3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 14.0
Second Year
LAW 560SConstitutional Law4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Total Credit: 4.0

In addition to this plan, 52 additional credits - including LAW 830S, an Upper-Level Writing course, an upper-level Statutory course, and a Professional Practice experience - must also be completed in order for students to complete the degree.

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.
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). Professor. Constitutional law; civil rights; sex discrimination.
Clare Keefe Coleman, JD (Villanova University School of Law) Director of International Student Programs. Assistant Professor. Writing specialist.
Rose Corrigan, PhD (Rutgers University). 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.
Roger J. Dennis, JD (Northwestern University School of Law) Founding Dean. Professor. Corporate law; business organizations; civil procedure; law and economics.
Tracye Edwards, JD (Duke University). Assistant Professor. Human Resources Compliance.
Robert I. Field, PhD, JD, MPH (Columbia University) Joint Appointment in the Drexel University Kline School of Law. Professor. Department of Health Management and Policy. Health law; public health law; health system structure; ethics of vaccines; public policy and legal aspects of health reform; genetic privacy.
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 the Health Law Program. 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). Associate Professor. Trusts and estates, gift tax, legal methods.
Beth L. Haas, JD (Villanova University School of Law) Faculty Director for Online Education. Associate Professor. Aviation litigation, product liability defense and toxic torts.
Aimée Kahan, JD (University of Pennsylvania School of Law) Director of Master of Legal Studies Program. Assistant Professor. Health care quality, patient safety, and risk management
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 Professor. Arbitration, mediation, civil litigation and academic skill development.
Amy Landers, JD (University of California) Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program. Professor. Patents and intellectual property law.
Rachel Lopez, LLM, JD (Universite Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne; University of Texas School of Law) Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic. Assistant Professor. Appellate law and the functioning of court and judicial systems; bioethics; reproductive rights; intersection of law and religion.
Amy Montemarano, JD (Rutgers University School of Law – Camden). Assistant 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. Professor. Legal methods; evidence; conflicts of law; legal ethics.
Karl Okamoto, JD (Columbia University School of Law) Director of the Business and Entrepreneurship Law Program. 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 Professor.
Pammela Quinn, JD (Duke University School of Law). Associate Professor. International law and enforcement of legal norms at the international and domestic levels.
Jared Rosenblatt, JD (Hofstra University School of Law) Associate Director of Trial Advocacy Program. Associate Professor. Criminal law, trial advocacy, evidence, professional responsibility, sports law
Terry Jean Seligmann, JD (New York University School of Law) Director of Legal Research and 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 Program. 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.
Emily B. Zimmerman, JD (Yale Law School) Director of the Criminal Law Program. Associate Professor. Legal methods; criminal law and procedure.

Emeritus Faculty

Donald Bersoff, JD, PhD (Yale University, New York University). Professor Emeritus. Law and psychology; mental health law.
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