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Weekly Newsletter

Sept. 22, 2014

Important Announcement About Spring 2013 Co-op Cycle

The matching process for the Spring 2015 co-op cycle is about to begin.  If you are interested in applying for a co-op this cycle, please attend the Brown Bag Co-op Preview Workshop.

Event: Brown Bag Co-op Preview Workshop
Host: Co-op Faculty Featuring Co-op Alumni
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Location: Room 140

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On Campus Events

Intellectual Property Law Concentration Meeting
Monday, Sept. 29
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Room 340

Professor Landers, Director of the Intellectual Property Law Concentration, is holding a get together for all who are currently pursuing or potentially interested in pursuing the Intellectual Property Law Concentration. Please note that no technical degree is required to get involved in this vibrant area of law.

There will be pizza served at this meeting!

RSVPs are encouraged (but not required). Please e-mail Anne Marie Cellucci (amb93@drexel.edu) if you will be attending.

Criminal Law Concentration Meeting
Monday, Oct. 13
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Room 340

Professor Zimmerman, Director of the Criminal Law Concentration, is holding a meeting for 2Ls, 3Ls, and Accelerated J.D. students currently pursuing or interested in pursuing the Criminal Law Concentration. Professor Parambath, Director of the Co-Op Program, and Rashida West, Director of Government and Public Interest Law in the Career Strategies Office, will also be at the meeting to discuss criminal law related coops and careers.

There will be pizza served at this meeting!

RSVPs are encouraged (but not required). Please e-mail Mike Peterson (mcp87@drexel.edu) if you will be attending.

Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurial Law: Two Halves of a Whole
Thursday, Oct. 9
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Room 340

Networking Reception to Follow, 3rd Floor Gallery

Join us for a stimulating discussion that will enhance your understanding of the inter-relationship between IP and entrepreneurial law, showcase an all-star panel of lawyers, and above all else, show you that there is more to these specialties than just patent prosecution and corporate formation issues (even for young lawyers!)

Discussion Topics:

  • What practical IP and corporate issues confront start-up and emerging entrepreneurial businesses?
  • How do IP and corporate lawyers collaborate in their representation of a boutique (yet expanding) book of clients?
  • In the era of novel technologies and new media, how can entrepreneurial ventures effectively protect all of their IP interests, as well as their trade secrets?
  • What is different about being an IP and/or business lawyer for start-up and emerging businesses as opposed to representing well-established entities?
  • How have smaller, more specialized firms developed in these two arenas, and what steps can you take to network with lawyers in this community, navigate a non-traditional career path and use these ideas and connections to leverage your job search?

Presenters:
Mindy Friedman, Esq. (moderator)

Griesing Law LLP:                                                  
Dina Leytes, Esq.                                                      
Ashley Shea, Esq.                                                      

Weber Law LLC:
Geoff Weber, Esq.
Eamon Gallagher, Esq.

Enterprise Law Associates LLC:                         
Gary Smith, Esq.                                                       
Patrick Bello, Esq.                                                  

Baer Crossey LLC:
Athas Nikolakakos, Esq.
Eliana Alcivar, Esq.

Students – Please RSVP on Symplicity under “Events”

Sponsors:
Drexel Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
Drexel Intellectual Property Law Society
Drexel Law Career Strategies Office

Beyond Reproach: Becoming an Expert on Expert Witnesses /Drexel Law Review Symposium
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

The role of the expert witness in the courtroom is as complex, controversial and ever-changing as the rules of evidence. Advances in scientific knowledge and emerging codes of ethics for diverse professionals dramatically affect legal strategy and alter relationships between attorneys and witnesses.

Preeminent legal professionals, evidence scholars and jurists will offer divergent perspectives at this symposium, organized by the Drexel Law Review.

7 CLE credits will be available, including 2 ethics credits, for practicing attorneys. 

REGISTER

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Off Campus Events

The Grand Jury of Jack the Ripper hosted by Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion and Neumann University
Friday, Sept. 26

Students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in a the grand jury of Jack the Ripper, a live interactive theater event Friday, Sept. 26. This event will allow you to engage in forensic and judicial inquiry involving the 1888 gruesome murders of as many as seven women in London’s impoverished East End.

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $30, $25 for members of the museum. Reservations are required.

ANNUAL DREXEL – RUTGERS INTRAMURAL RUN 
Friday Sept. 26, 2014
4:45 PM

6K around Lovely Cooper River Park, in Pennsauken NJ

Beer and pizza will be provided at the home of Professor Amy Boss and her husband, Professor Roger Clark of Rutgers School of Law-Camden. Come run, walk, ride a bike,  or simply enjoy the sunshine!

For details, contact Craig Buchholz

Philadelphia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division - The Law Star Game
Oct. 1, 2014

Batter up! Register now for your chance to compete in the Home Run Derby sponsored by Thomson Reuters Corporate Division. Each participant will get five swings per entry to hit as many home runs as possible. Hitters will swing against Don Chalphin, advertising director at The Legal Intelligencer, who also has a 25-year high arch and fast-pitch career with more than 200 strikeouts, so bring your A-game. Only 20 people will get a chance at bat, so register now for just $25. Fences are 300 feet from home plate, and participants must arrive by 5:00 p.m. The Home Run Derby will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. and run until 6:30 p.m.

Pro Bono Road Show & Interactive Fair
Oct. 2, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Philadelphia Bar Association
1101 Market Street, 11th Floor Conference Center
Philadelphia, PA 19107-295                      

The Road Show and Interactive Fair features pro bono opportunities in Philadelphia geared especially toward solo practitioners, members of small/mid-sized firms and corporate counsel. Public interest legal services agencies will present two-minute highlights about their work and how to get involved. This will be followed by an open forum where attendees can learn more about the agencies of their choice. All members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, DELVACCA and area law students are invited to participate.  Light breakfast included.

There is no cost to attend but pre-registration is required. Register HERE.

Johnson & Johnson: Becoming In-House Counsel
Oct. 17
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters
One Johnson & Johnson Plaza
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08933

The Johnson & Johnson law department will be holding a one-day seminar discussing the role of in-house counsel, why it can be a rewarding career choice, and how best to pursue it. Registration is limited. Please RSVP by October 10th via e-mail to LDIHC@ITS.JNJ.COM

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Dean's Scholars Sessions

DS SESSIONS

Con Law (Prof. Abu El Haj):

Thursday 10:45 – 11:45 (Room 230)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Asbury):

Tuesday 3:45 – 4:45 (Room 240)
Thursday 12:10 – 1:10 (Room 240)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Saunders):

Monday 4:30 – 5:30 (Room 112 ISB)
Tuesday 12:30 – 1:30 (Room 112 ISB)

Contracts (Prof. Cimino):

Monday 3:30 – 4:30 (Room 440)
Thursday 3:45 – 4:45 (Room 440)

Contracts (Prof. Boss):

Monday 3:30 – 4:30 (Room 112 ISB)
Thursday 3:30 – 4:30 (Room 240)

Torts (Prof. Furrow):

Tuesday 12:15 – 1:15 (Room 240)
Thursday 1:00 – 2:00 (Room 112 ISB)

Torts (Prof. Geisinger):

Monday 12:45-1:45 (Room 240)
Wednesday 3:30-4:30 (Room 240)

DS OFFICE HOURS (Held in the second floor study rooms, as noted below.)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Asbury)

Melanie: Wed, 3:30-5:30 & Fri, 11:20-12:20 (222)
Stacey: Mon, 12:30-1:30 (222)

Civil Procedure (Prof. Saunders)

Candice: Tues, 9:15-10:15 (221)
Emily: Tues, 3:30-5:30 (222)

Constitutional Law (Prof. Abu El-Haj)

Marc: Wed, 1:30-3:30 (221)

Contracts (Prof. Boss)

Erika: Tues, 1:30-3:30 (221)
Rachel: Mon, 12:00-2:00 (221)

Contracts (Prof. Cimino)

Alen: Tues, 3:30-5:30 (221)
Kate: Fri, 2:00-4:00 (221)

Torts (Prof. Geisinger)

Alice: Mon, 3:30-5:30 (221)
Kyle: Tues, 1:30-3:30 (222)

Torts (Prof. Furrow)

Ben: Thurs, 12:00-1:00 & 4:50-5:50 (221)
Erin: Fri, 12:00-2:00 (221)

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Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Office of Disability Resources Important Announcement

Drexel University's Office of Disability Resources has deemed that one or more law students has a disability that, by law, requires the University to provide accommodated furniture, such as accommodated desks and seating. Students who have disabilities are subject to a battery of medical tests and questionnaires before their accommodations are granted.

Students who use the chairs, for example, may be returning veterans, former professional athletes, or victims of severe accidents. Accommodations, including accommodated furniture, place those students on a "level playing field" with non-accommodated students, enabling them to face the rigors of law school without, for example, chronic, disabling pain.

Please, therefore, do not use accommodated furniture and do not adjust the settings on the accommodated furniture.

If you have any questions or concerns, or you would like to discuss your eligibility for accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act, please contact Prof. Clare Coleman, the law school's liaison for disability resources.

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SBA Announcements

Social Media Usage (Anti-Spam) Policy

The law school has established groups on Facebook and LinkedIn to facilitate communication between students and alumni.

Use of these groups to promote vendors’ products and services or to publicize student organizations’ events and activities is permitted as follows:

  • Commercial and publicity announcements may be posted no more than once per week within any specific social media group.
    • Example 1: Multiple student organizations seek to promote an event they are jointly sponsoring, only ONE person may post an announcement about that event to a specific Facebook group for an entire week.
    • Example 2: If a vendor is offering coupons or price break for several weeks, only ONE person may post a reminder about the promotion within a specific Facebook group for an entire week.
  • For the purposes of this policy, a week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday.
  • Individuals may comment on or like existing postings without restrictions.

This policy is designed to encourage the use of social media groups by a wide array of participants and to discourage spamming by over-zealous advocates of causes, products or events.

Individuals who are found to violate this policy will be removed from law-school administered Facebook groups.

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Student Organization Announcements

SBA General Body Meeting Schedule

The SBA Meeting Schedule for the Fall Semester are on the following Monday nights:

9/29
10/13
10/27
11/10
11/24

All meetings are at 8pm in Room 301 and open to the student body. Please join us!

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

Students frequently ask me to predict their chances of success with interviews. “If I interview with ten firms, how many offers can I expect?” It depends. These days, one cannot predict success or failure in the interview process. There are too many variables, too many unknowns.

On second thought, there is one place where I have perfect predictive ability and that’s with job fairs. I guarantee 100% that you will never secure employment at a job fair… if you do not attend.

Students, I feel your frustration. Yes, I actually see you rolling your eyes and sighing dramatically about how “useless” it is to attend job fairs and other “table talk” type events. After all, you ask, are they interviewing for actual jobs? I’m traveling to DC/Cleveland/New York/Chicago just to talk to people? What’s the point?

Here’s the point: Job fairs are important networking venues for law students and serve as barometers of your actual commitment to an employer. I would argue that job fairs are poorly named and marketed. We ought to call them “Very Important Employment Opportunities for Enterprising Law Students” but that’s somewhat wordy so we’re stuck with job fair. Regardless of the appellation, job fairs present important opportunities for enterprising law students. They offer you the chance to meet hiring attorneys, learn about employers, and – perhaps most importantly – demonstrate your sincere interest by actually showing up and then following up.

Here’s a concrete example: on August 1 at the GPALS DC Job Fair, the Department of Homeland Security Office of General Counsel did not formally interview any students but the employer did participate in a “table talk.” They sent one practicing attorney and the administrator in charge of hiring to man the table. The two individuals sat at a table in the middle of the lobby area and students took turns meeting them informally. During a lull, I introduced myself and asked several questions that a student might ask. “What are you looking for when you hire?” “What’s your timeline for hiring?” “Does a master’s degree in National Security from Georgetown help or hinder in the hiring process?” Here’s what I learned: it’s very competitive to find a job with Homeland Security and they typically hire students with GPAs ranging from a 3.5 to 3.9. I learned the deadline for applications. I learned that a master’s degree from Georgetown is not a factor in their hiring calculus (I think I saved one 3L about $40,000 with that answer).

What’s significant is that I learned important information, received two business cards, and followed up. I developed two new employer relationships and have a “go to” person for future questions regarding Homeland Security jobs. And I did so by sitting down at a table for less than 10 minutes.

The next time you see the words “job fair” or “table talk,” don’t turn up your nose and run from the stink of uncertainty. Embrace the sweet smell of opportunity and engage with lawyers. Ask questions and request business cards. Follow up and see what develops. Law is a business built on relationships. Relationships take time to develop. So take the time during law school to build relationships even if they don’t result in job offers immediately.

REMINDER: The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair - October 24 & 25, 2014

Each year, the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair brings together 1,200 law students with more than 125 public interest employers from around the country under one roof. This is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more. http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/conference-and-careerfair  All class levels welcome to register  (Note: Due to NALP guidelines, 1L students are not eligible to interview with employers during the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. However, 1L students may informally talk to employers during "Table Talk" on Friday and Saturday.)

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LRC Announcements

Position Announcement: Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow

The Legal Research Center solicits applications from second and third year law students for the position of Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow to begin in October 2014 and continue through the end of the Spring Semester 2015.

The Dean’s Faculty Research Fellow, under the direction of the Research & Instructional Services librarians, works on research projects for law school faculty members and the Legal Research Center librarians. Past research projects have dealt with traditional legal research topics and various interdisciplinary subjects including business, education, and psychology. The successful candidate will have opportunities to work with faculty members, make full use of the library’s collection, and develop excellent research and writing skills.

The fellow works 10 hours per week. The fellow doesn’t work during reading, exam, or break periods.

Pay is competitive. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample to Lindsay Steussy, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, at lhs27@drexel.edu. The deadline to submit applications is September 28th, 2014.

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Barristers Opportunities

The Barristers' are currently extending the opportunity for one rising 2L or 3L law student from each of the six area law schools to serve as a liaison between the Barristers' and your BLSA General Body. We are still looking for law students from the following schools: University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers Camden, and Villanova. The position will last for the duration of academic year 2014-2015.   

The duties/obligations include the following: 

  • Must be an active member of your law school's BLSA Chapter
  • Must attend Barristers' general body meetings and disseminate information to your BLSA General Body 
  • Must be an active member of the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia (to join the Barristers' use the following link: http://phillybarristers.com/dues_donate.html. The cost of registration is affordable for law students and has amazing benefits!)

Interested law students should send resumes to Joel Clymer at Joel.Clymer@temple.edu.  Please use "BARRISTERS' LAW STUDENT LIAISON" in the subject line of the email.

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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Competitions

SCHOLARSHIPS:

E. Wallace Chadwick Memorial Fund Scholarship
Deadline: Sept. 30, 2014

The Chadwick Committee of the Delaware County Bar Association has announced a $5,000 scholarship.  Please note that the $5,000 may be allocated in varying amounts to more than one Drexel Law student.

Criteria for the award are listed below.

  • Recipients must have been raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania with a preference for students who were raised in the City of Chester.
  • Financial need is not a requirement.

If you would like to be considered for this scholarship, please send your name, home address and a one-paragraph description of your background to Mary deRivera (mmd88@drexel.edu) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30.

Hispanic Bar Association Scholarships
Deadline: Oct. 3, 2014

Hispanic students are encouraged to apply for scholarships from the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania.  These scholarships will provide a minimum of $2,000, but last year, recipients received $3,000.

Applications must be postmarked on or before Oct. 3, 2014. 

Application »

The Justinian Society of Delaware County Scholarship
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2014

The Justinian Society of Delaware County Scholarship for the next school year is given to a student of Italian American heritage, who exhibits specific aptitude in the study of law and has exhibited outstanding law school performance. The application should be forwarded to Delaware County Justinian Society, Albert M. Greto, Esquire, 319 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063. The amount awarded will be a minimum of $1,000.00 for the school year. The deadline for the applications is November 1, 2014.

Application »

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation
Deadline: Dec. 1

The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, annually provides three, $3,000 scholarships through its James W. Stoudt Memorial Scholarship Fund. Two of the scholarships are specifically designated for support of historically underrepresented minority law students.

The awards are based upon financial need, academic achievement and a student’s potential for making a significant contribution to society in general and the legal profession in particular. Students must affirmatively demonstrate their interest by completing the application form and submitting a 250-500-word essay about how they meet the eligibility criteria, proof of academic progress and good academic standing, proof of Pennsylvania residency, a resume, and up to two letters of recommendation from a faculty advisor, professor, dean, employer or lawyer. Applications are due no later than December 1, 2014. More information about the program may be found at: http://www.pabarfoundation.org/Programs%20and%20Awards/James%20W.aspx.

WRITING COMPETITIONS: 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Pursuit of Justice” Writing Competition
Deadline: Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

The Philadelphia Bar Association is pleased to announce the Legal Writing Competition in honor of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  In so doing, the Bar Association recognizes the importance of excellence in legal analysis and writing skills, and seeks to award a student enrolled in an ABA-approved Philadelphia-area law school for authoring a top-quality Competition submission.  The following information is provided to encourage your participation in the Competition.

Learn More »

Center for Alcohol Policy
Deadline: Nov. 17, 2014

The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is now accepting entries for its Seventh Annual Essay Contest.

The CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States.

Contest Info »

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2014 (entries must have been written or published between Nov. 15, 2013 and the deadline date)

Each year The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers seeks to recognize written contributions to the field of consumer financial services law. Eligible papers include publishable articles, substantial book reviews, or book chapters; books; and student case note or comment. In any year, depending on the quality of the submissions, awards may be made in all or some of these three categories.

The awards include a cash payment ($2,500 for books, $2,000 for articles, reviews, or book chapters; and $1,000 for student work), a certificate or other token of recognition, and travel expenses to attend the College's annual dinner held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Competition PDF »

Mollie and Paul Hill Student Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 2, 2015

The FSU College of Medicine and the FSU College of Law, will present awards for the outstanding original papers submitted by a law student and a medical student or medical resident in response to a question pertaining to collaboration between the medical and legal professions. This writing competition is made possible by a generous gift from Mollie and Paul Hill.

Competition PDF »

First Annual Jameson Crane III Disability and the Law Writing Competition
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2015

The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student scholarship at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promotes an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities.

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OTHER COMPETITIONS:

Arbitration Competition
Deadline: Oct. 3

The Arbitration Competition promotes greater knowledge in arbitration by simulating a realistic arbitration hearing. Participants prepare and present an arbitration case, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations, and summations. Experience what it is to be a professional, competent, and ethical advocate.

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Negotiation Competition
Deadline: Oct. 3

The Negotiation Competition promotes greater interest among law students in legal negotiation and provides a means for them to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems.

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Client Counseling Competition
Deadline: Oct. 17

The Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter. They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation.

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National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC)
Entry deadline: Oct. 31

The National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.

Learn More »

Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS $100 Million Challenge

What could the city do if it was able to find $100 million lying around? Would it spend it on the school district, put it towards the arts, or invest in a new building? Regardless of where the funds go we have to find them first!

This fall, the Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS (GPAR) is introducing an educational competition that challenges student teams to find at least $100 million in cost savings or efficiency improvements in Philadelphia's budget.

Students from various undergraduate and graduate programs in the Greater Philadelphia region form teams of 3-5 students each. Universities and colleges have the opportunity to submit only one team of students per university. Through the competition, students will gain new skills, build connections, and contribute real-world solutions to enhance the performance of city government.

Guided by workshops and mentors, each team will spend four weeks developing a research-based proposal and implementation plan. A group of city officials and budgeting professionals will select the one winning proposal and two-runners up. The winning team will present its proposal at City Hall where government officials, civic leaders, and local media will be invited to attend.

The winning team will receive a one-time, unrestricted cash prize of $10,000 while the runners up will receive $5,000 per team!

The competition is being coordinated by the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.


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Connect with Drexel Through Social Media

Because the law school is such a busy place, social media are useful tools for keeping tabs on the student, faculty and alumni community.  If you haven’t already begun following the law school through social media, please consider the following options:

  • Facebook: the main law school page is a great way to track what classmates, professors and alumni are up to.  The “Class of” groups are a resource for finding roommates, used textbooks, etc.
  • Twitter: the law school feed focuses on faculty appearances in the news media and at conferences, upcoming events and newsworthy student and alumni accomplishments.
  • LinkedIn: the law school group is open to all students and alumni, making it an easy way to build your professional network.  Notices of immediate job openings will sometimes appear there.
  • YouTube: View all of our videos on Drexel University's YouTube page.

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