Our well-deserved reputation as a singularly collaborative professional community nurtures the risk-taking and teamwork that prepares graduates to lead in the new legal landscape. Penn Law's cross-disciplinary focus provides a legal education that prepares students for their entire careers.
Penn Law provides comprehensive career support to its students through the Office of Career Planning & Professionalism through a variety of programs and initiatives. The class of 2015 has a 97% employment rate and our graduates enter every field of law. The Toll Public Interest Center facilitates a wide array of pro bono and public service opportunities for students that focus on impactful service, personal enrichment, and professional skill development.
Five firms reached 100% in participation in our workplace-based giving program, Penn Law @ Work. In the two-month fundraising challenge, volunteers from each firm encourage their Penn Law colleagues to show support for the Law School through gifts to the annual fund. Interested in getting your firm involved? Contact Nicole Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I met a number of incredibly compassionate, thoughtful prosecutors who genuinely wanted to help people… I think that just being exposed to what lawyers in government do on a daily basis has made me more confident that I can succeed in that world.
- Kate Sell L'16, 2015 Leo Model Foundation Government & Public Affairs Initiative Summer Fellow
April 21, 2016
Jennifer Leonard L'04, Director of the Center on Professionalism and Associate Director for Professional Development at Penn Law, details the top business skills law students should focus on building in an article for "U.S. News & World Report."
April 12, 2016
Akbar Hossain L’18 has been named a 2016 recipient of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, a national merit fellowship that annually supports immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.
At Penn Law, we believe that the next generation of lawyers will be those who are not just superbly trained in law, but also have training in related fields — such as business, communications, health, technology, international studies, social work, and education — that complement and enhance their legal expertise.
Our faculty engages in research that crosses disciplinary boundaries. They don’t stay in their lane — and that’s why they make so many important contributions to legal scholarship. Our faculty’s work goes beyond the classroom and academic journals. Through the 11 centers and institutes at Penn Law, faculty bring their research to bear on the important issues of the day, engaging with policymakers on issues ranging from regulation to international law while including students in the academic arena.
To prepare our students for today’s transnational legal practice, Penn Law has prioritized the development of novel and strategic global initiatives. Moving beyond standard law school offerings such as study abroad, journals, and coursework, Penn Law has taken a fresh approach to international legal training that distinguishes us from our peers.
Penn Law Prof. William Burke-White is director of the new Perry World House, a global policy research center that aims to advance interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on the world’s most urgent global affairs challenges.
Whether you’re looking to catch up with an old friend or find out what's new at Penn Law, affinity and regional clubs around the world provide a Penn Law presence and a vibrant connection wherever alumni are and help the Law School community stay connected to you.
Penn Law’s unofficial mascot, The Goat, resides in the Haaga Lounge. The ancient Chinese mythic animal has only one horn and is endowed with the faculty of distinguishing between the crooked and the upright. In the days of Shun (sage and ruler, circa 2200 B.C.) when the minister Kao Yao tried cases, he would order Hsieh-chai (the goat) to butt the guilty. Those who were guilty he would butt, whereas the innocent he would not.
Outstanding women lawyers and leaders convened in Philadelphia March 22-24, 2016 to learn, network, and engage on topics critical to lawyers and professionals at the inaugural Penn Law Women’s Summit.
March 05, 2015
In recognition of a $10 million endowment from the W. P. Carey Foundation, the JD/MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania will be renamed the Francis J. & Wm. Polk Carey JD/MBA Program. The endowment was given in memory of brothers Francis J. Carey C’45, G’47, L’49, former chairman and director of the corporate financing firm W. P. Carey, and William Polk Carey W’53, W. P. Carey’s founder.
September 08, 2015
The University of Pennsylvania Law School has received a $1 million gift from Michael J. Rotko L’63 to endow the Denise A. Rotko Associate Deanship of Legal Writing and Communications. The endowment is in memory of Michael J. Rotko’s late wife, Denise A. Rotko NU’73, GNU’76, who received her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and taught at Penn’s Nursing School.
September 10, 2015
The University of Pennsylvania Law School has received a gift of $8.6 million from the estate of Elizabeth Hamilton, in memory of her father, Owen J. Roberts, a graduate and former dean of Penn Law and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The gift establishes a fund to provide financial assistance to Penn Law students in honor of Justice Roberts.
September 17, 2015
The University of Pennsylvania Law School has received a $2.5 million gift from Robert Toll L’66 and Jane Toll GSE’66, which will further support the Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) and public interest programming at the Law School. Toll, the Executive Chairman of the Board of Toll Brothers, Inc., the leading builder of luxury homes, and his wife, Jane, have been longtime benefactors of the Law School and its public interest programming.