Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

3320 Market Street, Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215.895.1529 | Website: drexel.edu/law

Set Yourself Apart

Distinguish yourself from the competition with Drexel’s LLM in American Legal Practice. Drexel’s LLM is designed to give graduates an edge on the competition, training them in the law, culture, and style of American legal practice. Our unique approach offers LLM students an opportunity to learn from unusually talented faculty with a unique commitment to teaching the distinct skills of American legal practice. Drexel University has been recognized as one of the top up-and-coming universities in the United States. Drexel University’s Kline School of Law has earned similar acclaim as among the best in the United States. The Drexel LLM is more than simply a valuable credential. It prepares students to work with US lawyers and clients from around the world.

Philadelphia: No Better Location in the United States

Philadelphia, home to the Drexel University Kline School of Law, is a lively metropolitan area of more than 6 million people with 13,000 lawyers practicing in every sector of the economy. The city is the second largest on the East Coast and has been ranked #1 for culture by Travel + Leisure magazine. The New York Times highlighted Philadelphia as one of the top three “Places to Go in 2015.” Philadelphia is one of the most affordable places to live in the Northeast and yet, because of its central location, it is within a two-hour train ride of New York City and Washington, DC.

Drexel University, located in the heart of Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, is home to 7,500 international students. The area feels like a small college town, complete with an active intellectual community and vibrant cultural opportunities.

A Practical Approach and a Personal Focus

Drexel’s Kline School of Law stands apart from other law schools by offering small classes and personalized education in a close and supportive community. LLM students can focus on one of four specially designed LLM course tracks or work with faculty to develop an individualized plan of study suited to their own professional goals.

And most importantly, the program gives LLM students an opportunity to gain firsthand legal experience by working side by side with American lawyers. Drexel University is an undisputed national leader in experiential education, and Drexel Law puts hands-on learning at the center of its curriculum through externship, clinical, and community-based programs. Drexel’s Co-op Externship allows students who have a strong facility in English and have demonstrated success in the classroom to work inside major corporations, global law firms, a judicial office, or a government agency, gaining hands-on exposure to the practice of law while receiving one-on-one guidance from accomplished attorneys.

The Drexel Law Community

Every LLM student works with a faculty advisor to design a curriculum unique to his or her own interests and then gets matched with a JD student partner to navigate both the law school community and Philadelphia. LLM students take part in the life of the law school, which hosts a wide variety of speakers, panels, and conferences every semester. The events are often sponsored by student organizations focused on business law, intellectual property law, international law, and other areas of practice. They provide an additional opportunity to learn more about US law, professional practice, and career strategies, while enabling students to socialize with other members of the law school community.

Legal English

One of the key benefits of the LLM program is that non-native English speakers build proficiency in the legal English they need to succeed in professional practice.

The Legal English course will give students a solid foundation for understanding language and terminology distinctive to American law and the US legal system. Students will hone these skills, as well as their conversational English, by actively participating in their standard coursework, as well as by joining the broader community of students at Drexel’s law school.

Students can supplement their training by taking an introductory course the summer prior to the program or at any time during the program through Drexel’s renowned English Language Center.

The introductory course will enhance students’ participation in classroom discussions, their understanding of written legal materials, and their ability to write about legal topics clearly and accurately.

Our Faculty: Teachers, Scholars, Practitioners

Drexel Law faculty are recognized scholars and innovative teachers who have practiced law in domestic and international contexts. Most of our faculty graduated from the most widely recognized American law schools, including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, New York University, Northwestern, Duke, and UCLA. Several practiced as associates and partners in major American and international law firms in New York, Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, and the Silicon Valley while others are leaders in developing new laws and policies. Most of them served in prestigious clerkships with high-level federal judges. Engaging inside the classroom and accessible outside of the classroom, these professors will provide you with a rigorous introduction to principles of law as well as keen insights about professional practice.

Drexel University

Drexel is a comprehensive research university that includes schools of medicine, business, engineering, computing, public health, nursing, and entrepreneurship, as well as law. The university takes part in NCAA Division I sports, including basketball.

Founded in 1891, Drexel has long been a pioneer in experiential learning, and it was among the nation’s first major postsecondary institutions to integrate hands-on education into its curriculum.

The student body features 3,000 international students from more than 100 countries, who take part in a dynamic and lively culture on campus and in the community.

The university offers numerous services and forms of support to international students:

  • The English Language Center, which offers intensive English courses focusing on written and oral communication, as well as advising year round
  • International Student Orientation
  • American Culture Series Workshops
  • World Fusion Festival

Admission Requirements

LLM students must have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in law.

Students who do not meet admission requirements due to a lack of English-language proficiency may be accepted conditionally and be required to complete a language-intensive course prior to admission.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition is charged per credit.

The LLM is a 24-credit program. Students preparing for a bar exam may be required to complete additional credits, depending on the state.

Drexel Law offers exceptional applicants merit- and country-based scholarships. For more information, contact:

Leslie Friedman
Email: leslie.a.friedman@drexel.edu