Oxholm sees bright future ahead for new College of Law
Issue date: 10/7/05 Section: News
Newly appointed Senior Vice President for the Law Center and University General Counsel Carl Oxholm expresses that the CoL is already structured and planned out.
"The curriculum has been set, the faculty are currently being hired, we even have a building that is being constructed in time for the Fall 2006 term."
There have already been 500 faculty applications for the eight faculty positions offered in the law school. Oxholm wants to hire a diverse faculty of individuals ranging from professors who can teach effectively and have great ratings from students and administration to lawyers who exhibit a great working experience who can share their knowledge with these future lawyers.
Oxholm is confident that the law school will meet its goal of accepting 120 students for the Fall 2006 term. "We will be over subscribed. I have no doubt that we will receive at least one thousand applications."
Last week the University Board of Trustees approved the construction of a $14 million building that will house the law school. The four-story building will be placed between the W.W. Hagerty library and the parking garage. Construction is set to begin the week of Oct. 10 and the building will be ready for use in time for the Fall 2006 term.
The common concern that students' express regarding the law school is the lack of an American Board Association accreditation. It has even been a deterent that has prevented students from considering applying to the law school.
"People have given me advice to be very wary when looking into new law schools," Brandon Ngai, a freshmen majoring in political science, said. "Since Drexel is not yet accredited I would not even consider filing an application. I just see this situation as a huge gamble that I do not want to take a risk on."
Oxholm refutes this concern. "I am strongly confident that the law school will receive accreditation by graduation date. Our University has produced all sorts of accomplishments under Papadakis' tenure so we will get accredited. And if students are still worried about this then they should not even bother applying here."