Drexel University Receives $50 Million for Law School

Drexel University has announced a $50 million gift from trial lawyer Thomas R. Kline to create a new trial advocacy institute in its School of Law.

The commitment from Kline — the largest single gift in the university's history — will establish the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy, which will house state-of-the-art facilities in which law students can build and hone their trial advocacy skills; enhance faculty interaction with students who undertake advocacy-based co-ops and clinical work; and support the development of postgraduate Master of Law (LLM) and and continuing legal education trial and appellate advocacy programs.

Kline, who has spent more than thirty-five years representing catastrophically injured persons and has consistently been named among the top lawyers in the state and the nation by leading legal publications, is co-founding partner of the law firm of Kline & Specter. He serves as both a Drexel University trustee and chair of the law school's advisory board.

"This transformative gift from Mr. Kline will enable the law school to reimagine its entire advocacy program, enrich the advocacy curriculum across multiple dimensions, build out new advocacy programs, and establish Drexel Law as a national center of excellence for the teaching of advocacy," said Roger Dennis, dean of the law school. "We believe a nationally renowned program in advocacy will be extremely beneficial to student recruitment and to employment outcomes for our graduates."