Our students are among Penn Law’s most important assets. The Law School strives to enroll a dynamic and diverse student body, and we were very successful on that front this year, attracting one of the largest and academically strongest JD classes in years, along with exceptional classes in the LLM and Master in Law programs. As always, our students are able to come to Penn Law thanks to the generous support of our alumni donors who fund scholarships, fellowships, and other programs that increase students’ access and opportunity.
March 05, 2018
“Women and the Profession” series explores the challenges women face, the benefits for all lawyers that flow from overcoming these challenges, and the stories of women who have blazed trails and found professional fulfillment in the process.
Penn Law remains the national leader among top law schools in preparing students for successful and fulfilling careers in the law and related fields, with the Class of 2017 boasting a 99% employment rate. As we continue to enhance our experiential learning opportunities and skills-based training, our students are even better equipped to make an impact on the national and global stage.
Although I came to law school pretty much knowing that I wanted to be a civil rights attorney, Penn Law and TPIC provided me with an invaluable blueprint for how to accomplish my goal. They helped me identify opportunities that would equip me with both the knowledge and skills that I would need to serve, and they provided me with support, guidance, and resources that gave me the confidence to pursue a career in the public interest immediately upon my law school graduation.
- BRITNEY WILSON L’15, Bertha Justice Institute Fellow, Center for Constitutional Rights (2016–2018); Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow, Racial Justice Program, American Civil Liberties Union (2015–2016)
August 13, 2018
Walter J. “Jay” Clayton III ENG’88, L’93, the new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission is engineering change at the SEC. So far, he has proven to be a methodical and data-driven regulator, with a well-defined view of the agency’s mission and the need for considered rule-making.
March 26, 2018
Carl Snodgrass L'17 is the Debtors' Prisons Fellow at the ACLU's Racial Justice Program. He’s working to end the practice of aggressive fines and fees put in place by local municipalities trying to make up the budget gaps that resulted from the Great Recession.
Penn Law’s commitment to cross-disciplinary education is unparalleled within the legal academy. Our 11 academic centers and institutes promote research to examine complex legal issues and problems, with faculty and fellows conducting research that yields new insights into the law and related fields. Students benefit from the cross-disciplinary approach, receiving first-rate legal training and training in other disciplines through a curriculum that includes 40 different joint-degree and certificate programs in fields including business, technology, bioethics, and social work.
June 25, 2018
Penn Law’s Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic has newly been invited to join the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Law School Clinic Certification Program, as part of the trademark portion of the program.
Penn Law integrates a cross-disciplinary approach into legal education better than any school in the country. Not only are most professors engaged in projects involving other disciplines, but students have many opportunities to take courses across Penn’s campus and to graduate with a joint degree or certificate of study with other schools.
- Dorothy E. Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights
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We are committed to fostering the research and scholarship of the transformative thinkers that comprise the Penn Law faculty, and sharing their keen insights into law and other fields with the wider world. Their research on topics such as criminal justice reform, law and economics, intellectual property, and international relations advances knowledge in their fields and informs policymakers on the most significant issues of our time.
Through a curriculum that incorporates global perspectives and offers students the opportunity to explore the wider world, Penn Law prepares our graduates for careers on the international stage. With study abroad programs like our partnership with the London School of Economics and service initiatives that take students around the globe, along with coursework and research that addresses international issues, students experience firsthand the transnational nature of modern legal practice.
March 01, 2018
Students from Penn Law were selected to join their peers from 10 other leading US law schools in Washington, DC last weekend to explore the future of public and private international law at the sixth annual Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program.
March 12, 2018
Members of Professor Kermit Roosevelt’s Global Research Seminar on comparative constitutional law traveled to Tokyo and Kyoto this spring for one week to meet with judges, legislators, and scholars to gain a Japanese perspective on the question of judicial review in Japan.
May 30, 2018
Penn Law and the London School of Economics and Political Science Law Department have signed an Agreement which will facilitate a program for Penn Law JD students to spend the fall semester of their third year enrolled in LSE Law’s LLM program.
Penn Law provides its students with incredible opportunities to pursue international and cross-border work. Through the Chubb Fellowship, I’m supporting UNDP’s rule of law work within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 16 on peace, justice, and strong institutions. It is due to Penn Law’s innovative programs and its commitment to current and former students that I have been able to undertake such interesting and fulfilling work.
- Pinky Mehta L’15, Chubb Rule of Law Fellow (2018-2019), United Nations Development Programme
Penn Law’s active alumni community remains connected to the Law School and its students, and to one another, through events and clubs around the world. Importantly, alumni also generously dedicate their time and resources to enhancing the Penn Law experience for the next generation of Law School graduates, facilitating all that makes the Law School an ideal launching pad for a successful legal career.
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