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Drexel University College of Law
Motto Scientia, Ars, Officium
Knowledge, Skill, Duty
Established 2006
School type
Dean Roger J. Dennis
Location Philadelphia, PA, US
Faculty (See List)
Annual tuition
Outlines 0 (See List)

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The Drexel University College of Law (CoL) is the newest college of Drexel University serving both undergraduate and graduate students.[1] It opened in the Fall of 2006 and is the newest law school in Philadelphia over a thirty year time period.[2]

The Drexel University College of Law joins five other law schools in the area; Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Rutgers, and Widener University.[2]


In 2005 Drexel University announced its plans to create a new law school adjacent to the Drexel University Main Campus W. W. Hagerty library in West Philadelphia. Drexel received approval to start the College from Pennsylvania's Department of Education that same year. Following that the Philadelphia Planning Commission approved Drexel's then estimated $13 million dollar law school.[2] The law school building began construction in the Fall of 2006 and completed construction during the winter term, the $14 million building[3] opened for classes on January 8, 2007.[4]

The College of Law building during construction in 2006

The inaugural class of the Drexel University College of Law began classes on August 16, 2006. The anticipated class size was 120 students; ultimately, the inaugural class consisted of 181 students. While the law school building was under construction, classes were held in various Drexel University buildings.[3]


The College of Law offers doctorate of jurisprudence degrees to full-time students, joint degree programs, and is planning to offer master of law degrees starting in 2008 when the College of Law is expected to receive American Bar Association accreditation.[1] The College concentrates on entrepreneurial business, health law, and intellectual property law[5] and currently has twelve full time faculty members, and an additional nine visiting and adjunct faculty.[6] The College of Law is the first to have enrolled all of its students in the Philadelphia Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section.[7][8] The students also have automatic membership to the Jenkins Law Library.[9]

Co-operative education

The front glass panels of the CoL building

Like Drexel University's The Ultimate Internship the College of Law will offer co-operative education for its students. Over ninety area corporations, law offices, judiciary positions, non-profit organizations, and government offices have conveyed their interest in offering internship positions.[10]

During their first year students will concentrate on legal basics such as legal writing and contracts before starting their first six month co-op cycle.[11] The first co-op cycle for the law school is scheduled to start in September 2007.[12] Once the co-op cycle has started the Drexel University College of Law will be the second law school in the country to have a co-operative program for law students, the first being Northeastern University.[13]


Construction on the law school building was completed in 2006 and students have been attending classes at the facility since January 8, 2007.[4] The 65,000-square-foot complex features a moot courtroom, a two-floor library, a two-story atrium for meetings and casual conversation, faculty/staff offices, and several rooms available for students to meet and work. The building also shares Drexel's campus-wide wireless Internet access.[4]

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