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Weekly Newsletter

Oct. 27, 2014

Important Exam Software Information

Upgrading to Mac's OSX 10.10 Yosemite? Not so fast!

If you would like to avoid panic attacks, heart attacks or other atrocities around exam time, read ALL the following, and behave accordingly.

Macintosh OS X 10.10 Yosemite NOT supported for Fall 2014 exams.

This is a reminder that the exam software (Exam4) provider currently plans NOT to support the new Macintosh OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system version for Fall 2014 exam. This is consistent with existing policies for operating system version releases issued close to exam season. Support for Yosemite cannot be assured due to its unspecified “late fall” release date, and the time required for review, possible modification, and testing. As a matter of security, we cannot certify the operating system from developer pre-releases and must review the final public release.

Students planning to use their laptop for exams SHOULD NOT to upgrade to Yosemite, nor buy a new laptop with Yosemite, until we announce support (likely not until the Spring 2015 exam period).

Windows 10 Technical Preview also NOT supported.
Similarly, the developer pre-release of the upcoming Windows 10 Technical Preview operating system will not be supported this semester, and the public release expected in April 2015 will most likely be too late for Spring 2015 exams on the same basis as above.

Students planning to use their laptop for exams SHOULD NOT upgrade to Windows 10 Technical Preview, nor buy a new laptop with Windows 10 Technical Preview, until we announce support.

Students who upgrade, intentionally or otherwise, will not be able to use their laptops to take exams. Due to the potential for system instability, LawTech will not provide assistance with ‘rolling back’ or support for students who have upgraded and ‘rolled back’ to an earlier operating system.

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Mock Trial Call for Judges

NITA Mock Trial

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy, a non-profit runs CLE courses throughout the US and runs a trial skills program in Philly coming up in November. The NITA is recruiting jurors for its mock trial on Friday Nov. 14.  NITA pays jurors $40 for 3.5 hours, and have morning and afternoon sessions.  Kline School of Law students are welcome to apply.

Learn More »

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On Campus Events

Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (PTLA) Lunch
Oct. 27
12:15 p.m.
Room 250

Find out what a “Day in the Life” of a Philadelphia Trial Lawyer might be like. Lunch is sponsored by PTLA, our guests will be: Miriam Barish, Esquire - Anapol Schwartz, P.C. Amber Racine, Esquire - Raynes McCarty Joseph Colan, Esquire - Martin, LLC Joshua Schwartz - Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C.

Women's Rights and the Supreme Court: After Hobby Lobby and McCullen
Oct. 30
2:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Room 140

This CLE conference will feature speakers on U.S. Supreme Court women's rights jurisprudence. Dahlia Lithwick will deliver the keynote address. She is a senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate, writes the column "Supreme Court Dispatches" and has covered the Microsoft trial and other legal issues. Ms. Lithwick was awarded the Online News Association's award for online commentary in 2001. She received a B.A degree in English from Yale University in 1990 and a J.D degree from Stanford Law School in 1996.

Register »

United States Air Force JAG Info Session
Oct. 30
12:15 p.m.
Room 340

Interested in learning more about a career in Air Force JAG? AARON A. WILSON, Capt, USAF Deputy Staff Judge Advocate will present an overview of the hiring process, availability opportunities and answer your questions.

Skills Lab: Navigating Barriers to Employment for Clients with Criminal Records
Oct. 30
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Room 250

Jamie Gullen, a staff attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services, will present strategies for navigating barriers to employment for low-income clients with criminal records. Ms. Gullen will provide: 1) practical knowledge about the laws and regulations that govern employment discrimination; 2) scenarios in which employers may refuse to hire ex-offenders; 3) key information you may share with clients with criminal records about their rights. This Skills Lab will be useful to all law students who serve clients in Philadelphia through pro bono, clinics, or co-ops. All students are welcome.

Healthcare Hotspotting with Dr. Jeffrey Brenner
Nov. 5

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Room 240

The Health Law Society hosts Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and the founder of Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. He is an expert in healthcare hotspotting and access issues. He will speak about his experience and the legal issues surrounding his field.

Survivors Speak Out
Oct. 31
12 p.m.
Room 140

Survivors Speak Out is a chance for survivors of domestic violence to share their personal stories of abuse and an opportunity for the campus to learn about DV and what they can do to help themselves or a loved one.

Premier Lawyers' Breakfast
Nov. 6
8:00 a.m.
2nd Floor Faculty Conference Room

Limited to 12 law students Guest speaker: Richard Negrin, Deputy Mayor of Administration & Coordination / Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia Do you ever think about how to use your law degree in a nontraditional way, perhaps in politics, but you don’t quite know how to chart that path? For any student interested in politics and city management issues, you need to meet Richard Negrin. Negrin is the Deputy Mayor of Administration & Coordination and Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia. He was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter in June 2010. As Managing Director, Negrin was responsible for creating PhillyRising, an innovative, sustainable form of service delivery targeting neighborhoods plagued by chronic crime. He also created Philly311, the city’s non-emergency contact center and PhillyStat, the city government’s performance management system. Negrin, a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, began his career as a prosecutor in the Major Trials Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (1995-2000). He joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and worked in the firm’s Litigation Section from 2000-2005. In 2005, Negrin became Vice President and Associate General Counsel at ARAMARK. Negrin has had a varied career as both a practicing attorney and segued into a role as a key member of Mayor Nutter’s leadership team. Students are invited to meet Richard Negrin and engage in a candid question-and-answer session to learn about his career path and new ways to think about your career trajectory.

JD/MBA Joint Degree Information Session
Nov. 10
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Room 340

Mike Peterson, Program Manager and Joint Degree Liaison, and John Adamski, Director of Graduate Admissions at LeBow College of Business, will discuss the JD/MBA admissions criteria, curriculum, and address questions for interested students. RSVP to Mike Peterson (mcp87@drexel.edu) by Nov. 7 if you will be attending.

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Off Campus Events

Philadelphia Tax Conference
Nov. 5-6
Union League Philadelphia
140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Philadelphia Tax Conference will be held this year on November 5-6 at the Union League in Philadelphia.  Full-time J.D., LL.M. or M.T. students can attend the conference free of charge.  The conference is a great opportunity for students to network with local practitioners (law firm, government, CPA firm, and industry) and to learn from nationally recognized speakers about today’s hot tax topics.

Register »

Young Lawyers Committee - Camden County Bar Association Fundraiser
Nov. 6
Flying Fish Brewing

Join the Young Lawyers Committee - Camden County Bar Association for our next adventure on Nov 6, 2014, as we visit Flying Fish Brewing and help to raise money for a good cause!

 $10 for a Tour, Flying Fish Shaker Glass, and a Pint of Beer

Free for the First 25 CCBA Members to sign up!

Flying Fish will also be releasing their new Plover Pale Ale, with all proceeds from the beer to benefit the NJ Conserve Wildlife Foundation in their efforts to protect the endangered Piping Plover!

Light snacks will be provided.

Email Abraham Tran at ATran@AndresBerger.com with questions or to reserve your spot!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/737957286240319/

YLD Bootcamp - Tactics, Tips and Tricks for Law Students and New Lawyers
Nov. 14
Philadelphia Bar Association headquarters
1101 Market St., 11th Floor Conference Center

Hear from experienced attorneys and members of the judiciary on interview skills, clerking, considerations before starting a solo practice and more.

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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:
10/27
11/10
11/24

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

The Drexel National Lawyers Guild

The Drexel National Lawyers Guild will hold its annual Legal Observer training on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 12 pm in Room 340.

The NLG's Legal Observer program is a great way to earn your pro bono hours, protect citizens' First Amendment right to assemble and protest, and network with area attorneys. The National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer® program was established in 1968 in New York City in response to protests at Columbia University and city-wide antiwar and civil rights demonstrations. That same year, Guild students organized for the defense of people swept up in mass arrests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The Legal Observer® program is part of a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal justice system. In addition to Legal Observers®, Guild attorneys often provide legal defense for protesters who are arrested and bring civil litigation if needed. Legal Observers® are typically, but not exclusively, law students, legal workers and lawyers who may or may not be licensed locally. Legal Observers® are trained and directed by Guild attorneys, who often have established attorney-client relationships with activist organizations, or are in litigation challenging police tactics at mass assemblies. The presence of Legal Observers® may serve as a deterrent to unconstitutional behavior by law enforcement during a demonstration. If you have any questions about the program, you can email Ryan McCarthy.

Pie Auction Committee

The PIE Auction Committee is holding a general meeting on Monday, Nov. 3, at 12:15 p.m. in room 440. All students interested in volunteering for the PIE Auction are encouraged to attend. There will be a brief presentation on what the PIE Auction is, how students may get involved, and an opportunity to signup for volunteer positions. In previous years, the PIE Auction has successfully funded grants for students working in unpaid public interest positions over the summer. To be eligible for a public interest grant, students MUST volunteer for the PIE Auction. Questions can be forwarded to Stanford Ponson, Public Interest Liaison.

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Career Strategies Office Announcements

A message from Dean Gerson:

Cultivate An Air of Mystery in an Age of Over-sharing

We live in world where over-sharing is the new normal. With Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, everyone now publicizes the mundane details of one’s life with the tap of a finger. Telegraphing the details of your horrific blind date to your friends? Hilarious. Tweeting how you felt about a recent work project? Possibly cause for termination and almost certainly a basis for a malpractice claim against your employer.

Read More »

Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association (PTLA) Lunch
Oct. 27
12:15 p.m.
Room 250

Find out what a “Day in the Life” of a Philadelphia Trial Lawyer might be like. Lunch is sponsored by PTLA, our guests will be: Miriam Barish, Esquire - Anapol Schwartz, P.C. Amber Racine, Esquire - Raynes McCarty Joseph Colan, Esquire - Martin, LLC Joshua Schwartz - Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C.

Networking 101:  Basic Training
Oct. 27
5:15 p.m.
Room 250

Everyone is telling you to network and build relationships during law school.  What are they talking about?  How do you break out of your shell and meet lawyers?  How do you create a game plan?  What if you’re an introvert and dislike big social events?  What is an informational interview and why is this so important? Let’s talk through the fundamentals of networking, the tools already at your disposal, and techniques that work (even if you’re shy).

United States Air Force JAG Info Session
Oct. 30
12:15 p.m.
Room 340

Interested in learning more about a career in Air Force JAG? AARON A. WILSON, Capt, USAF Deputy Staff Judge Advocate will present an overview of the hiring process, availability opportunities and answer your questions.

Pick a Practice Area: Planning for a Satisfying Legal Career
Nov. 3

Successful job seekers know that thoughtful, deliberate planning matters.  You don’t simply fall into the right job.  Students will learn about the many different practice areas (including the hot practice areas), types of employers, and how your individual temperament and values can inform your job search process.

Presenters:
Betsy Walton, Division Director – Legal, Beacon Hill Staffing Group
Cathyann Bixby, Director of Lateral Growth and Integration -  Ballard Spahr LLP
Lisa Feden, Recruiting Coordinator - Ballard Spahr LLP
Katie Ball, Manager of Lateral Recruiting - Ballard Spahr LLP

Networking 201:  Officer Candidate School
Nov. 4
5:15 p.m.
Room 340

This is the advanced level course for those who attended Networking 101 and want to learn more.  It’s not absolutely required that you attend the 101 course and all students are warmly welcomed.  We’re going to deal with issues related to business cards, follow-up strategies, creating an annual plan, and more. 

Premier Lawyers' Breakfast
Nov. 6
8:00 a.m.
2nd Floor Faculty Conference Room

Limited to 12 law students Guest speaker: Richard Negrin, Deputy Mayor of Administration & Coordination / Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia Do you ever think about how to use your law degree in a nontraditional way, perhaps in politics, but you don’t quite know how to chart that path? For any student interested in politics and city management issues, you need to meet Richard Negrin. Negrin is the Deputy Mayor of Administration & Coordination and Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia. He was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter in June 2010. As Managing Director, Negrin was responsible for creating PhillyRising, an innovative, sustainable form of service delivery targeting neighborhoods plagued by chronic crime. He also created Philly311, the city’s non-emergency contact center and PhillyStat, the city government’s performance management system. Negrin, a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law, began his career as a prosecutor in the Major Trials Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (1995-2000). He joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and worked in the firm’s Litigation Section from 2000-2005. In 2005, Negrin became Vice President and Associate General Counsel at ARAMARK. Negrin has had a varied career as both a practicing attorney and segued into a role as a key member of Mayor Nutter’s leadership team. Students are invited to meet Richard Negrin and engage in a candid question-and-answer session to learn about his career path and new ways to think about your career trajectory.

Please RSVP on Symplicity for all CSO events so we can plan accordingly.

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LRC Announcements

A New Face at the LRC Circ Desk

Allan Madin

Allan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at UPenn.  When he’s not at the Circulation Desk, Allan spends his time reading, writing, and re-caffeinating.  Before joining the LRC Access Services team, he worked for a legal translation firm, where he developed a love for minutia and filing.  Allan looks forward to helping you at the Circulation Desk.

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Office of Student Affairs Announcements

Mentoring Program

Ask any successful attorney: Nothing propels a legal career like having a great mentor.

That’s especially true when the mentor is at the top of the profession and takes an active, personal interest in the development of the young lawyer he or she is advising.

To maximize these opportunities, LCLD has developed the Success in Law School Mentoring Program, a comprehensive initiative for first-year law students from diverse backgrounds based on the principles of legal excellence and personal involvement.

Its goal is to ensure that talented law students receive the mentoring they need to maximize their potential, both during law school and afterwards as they prepare for the bar exam and launch their careers.

There are currently still 18 mentors available for students.

Learn More »


SBA Announcements


Attention Philadelphia Flyers Fans

The SBA is sponsoring a Thomas R. Kline School of Law Flyers game on Thursday, November 6th at 7pm.  The cost of tickets will be $35, which includes a FREE soda and hot dog. SBA will be tabling ALL week (10/20-10/24) on the Second Floor Gallery from 12pm-2pm selling tickets, so stop by because this is going to be an event you don't want to miss! Please email us with any questions or stop by the SBA office.

Graduation Date and Location

Graduation will be held on May 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kimmel Center.

Keynote Speaker for Graduation

While the central administration has the final say on whom our keynote speaker is, our law school administration has requested suggestions from the 3L Class. Please send suggestions for the graduation keynote speaker to Anthony DiJiacomo. This will be discussed at the 3L Town Hall.

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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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Scholarships, Writing Competitions and Other Competitions

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Barristers' Association' Honorable C. Darnell Jones, II Book Scholarship
Deadline: Nov. 1 (extended)

The Barristers' Association is delighted to announce a one-time book scholarship opportunity for incoming Black first year law students, in the namesake of the Honorable C. Darnell Jones, II, Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This scholarship is to help offset the cost of law school textbooks and textbook-related necessities. As such, this one time award will take care of the spring 2015 semester books and supplies for two (2) first-year students from each school! Applicants must submit a completed application, transcripts, a headshot and personal statement. Don't miss your chance! Applications deadline extended to Nov. 1 by email to barristerscholarship@gmail.com.

Application »

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

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 »

Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies
Deadline: Nov. 10

Major League baseball players are honoring the life of former MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner by creating a scholarship program to encourage the pursuit of a graduate-level degree in labor studies. Beginning January 2015, the Players Trust will annually award up to five $10,000 scholarships to individuals dedicated to a career supporting workers’ rights.

Learn More »

Mark T. Banner Scholarship
Deadline: Nov. 12

This $5,000 scholarship is available to law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through the Fall semester 2015.

Learn More »

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: 

Center for Alcohol Policy
Deadline: Nov. 17

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 (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.

Learn More »

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Annual Law Student Writing Competition
Deadline: May 15, 2015

The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law are pleased to announce their 2014-2015 writing competition.This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2014. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible.

Learn More »

OTHER COMPETITIONS:

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 »


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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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