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August 30, 2021

Drexel University’s Kline School of Law Becomes First Law School to Have Institutional Membership with the Philadelphia Bar Association

The partnership extends all the benefits of Association membership to Kline Law students, faculty, and staff who have J.D. degrees.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Bar Association and Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law are pleased to announce Kline Law as the first law school to become an institutional member of the Association.

This program, the first of its kind for the Philadelphia Bar Association, provides membership to the Philadelphia Bar Association for Kline Law students, faculty and staff who have J.D. degrees. “This inaugural partnership enables both the law school and the Philadelphia Bar Association to serve our community and empower up-and-coming legal talent,” said Donna Gerson, associate dean of career strategies at Kline Law, who helped bring about the membership through collaboration with leadership at the Philadelphia Bar Association.

“We are proud to work with our partners at Drexel’s Kline School of Law on this program, which will give faculty, staff and students access to all of the benefits of Philadelphia Bar Association membership,” said Harvey Hurdle, the Philadelphia Bar Association’s executive director. “In particular, we are happy to offer law students a way to get a jump start on their careers. We view them as future leaders of our organization and within our community, and we thought this was a great opportunity to connect with them more deeply.”

The membership provides a number of unique resources to Kline Law students, including mentoring and mentorship opportunities, both through a bar-wide program and through the Association’s practice- and interest-specific Sections and Committees.

Drexel members will be able to attend all Association Section and Committee meetings for free, as well as many other events. In addition, students will automatically become part of the Association’s Young Lawyers Division, which holds a number of educational, networking and philanthropic events throughout the year. Membership also provides students with leadership and learning opportunities through writing competitions, special educational programs, pro bono opportunities and the chance to write for bar publications.

Membership benefits also include six free continuing legal education (CLE) credits for Kline Law faculty and staff, good for use on any of the Bar’s one- or two-credit programs. All Drexel members will also receive discounts at a number of local and national retailers, as well as for legal and professional services.

“We’d like to thank Kline School of Law for their leadership in helping to develop this model, which we hope to replicate with other educational institutions in the Philadelphia area,” Hurdle said. “Partnerships like these help to bring out community even closer together, and to create opportunities to grow the legal profession in Philadelphia.”

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