When Drexel opened a law school in 2006, the climate of the legal industry was much different than it is today. (How you like them obvious apples?)
Back then, pressure from other schools and its own student body, who asked in the student newspaper, "what's taken you so long?" pushed Drexel over the edge into joining the ever-growing ranks of institutions looking to parlay undergraduate program success into a creation of a law school.
Of course, with a 2006 inaugural class, Drexel was right in the line of fire when the legal industry collapsed this year. More pressure was on for the school to produce prepared graduates, or, in a word, graduates who could pass the bar exam and put their best foot forward.
And amidst all that pressure, Drexel showed up. Or, its students did. The Legal Intelligencer is reporting that 90% of Drexel law grads passed the Pennsylvania bar exam in July. That pass rate was surpassed by only two other schools in the region: Temple and University of Pennsylvania. A resounding success for a baby school, one might say.
"It's particularly important in this job market to get students to pass the bar the first time through because it makes the job search" for places like small firms or government positions, where bar passage is often required, all the easier, Dean Roger Dennis said.
Dennis attributed this success to the school's focus on bar exam passage: the school has an in-house writing specialist to assist studying students, and a director of academic skills who triages with students who are showing signs of struggling and might be "in jeopardy of failing the bar."