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Annual Report
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Lawyers for a New Era

Attracting the best and the brightest

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.


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Average age:

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from 32 states, the District of Columbia, and across the globe

Students come to Penn Law from:

different colleges & universities
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Cross-Disciplinary Innovation in Action at Penn Law

We provide financial aid to more than 50% of J.D. students.
Class of 2018 by the Numbers
# of LLM & SJD students from around the globe
Graduates of the Master in Law program:
JD students who completed a joint-degree or certificate program

March 05, 2018

Penn Law looks at women and the legal profession

“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.

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September 10, 2018

Growing Master in Law program begins fifth year

This fall Penn Law welcomes 56 students to its Master in Law (ML) degree program, along with more than 300 students from throughout the Penn community who will take courses within the ML curriculum throughout the academic year.

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September 04, 2018

Pathways to the Profession

Each summer Penn Law students hone their skills through a wide array of private and public sector internships across the country and around the world.

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August 30, 2018

Meet the JD Class of 2021

Penn Law welcomes the JD Class of 2021, comprised of 251 students who will bring their academic gifts, professional acumen, outstanding service, and remarkable artistic talents to the community.

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Graduates Prepared to Excel

Careers and service

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.

# of student counseling appointments:


Worked with more than:

class years 1961 through 2018

Prepared 232 students for more than:

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# of judicial clerkships this cycle:

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Students from 2012-18 secured 500+ judicial clerkships at all levels, including 2 in the U.S. Supreme Court, 143 in the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and 245 in the federal District Courts

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

Engineering Change at the SEC

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.

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March 26, 2018

PI Fellow works to end “modern-day debtors’ prison"

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.

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January 02, 2018

Penn Law students receive Skadden Fellowships

Two Penn Law students, Albert Pak L’18 and Jayme Wiebold L’18, have been awarded Skadden Fellowships to pursue work in the public interest.

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April 09, 2018

Jonathan Ellis L’10 joins Solicitor General’s Office, argues before Supreme Court

As an Assistant to the Solicitor General, Ellis represented the government in Rosales-Mireles v. the United States, a case involving the standard for plain error review.

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Penn alumna Kalpana Kotagal L’05 co-authors inclusion rider

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Connecting Disciplines

A distinct approach

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.

Joint Degree in Law and Social Policy (JD/MSSP)

September 11, 2018

Tailored Counseling at Penn Law

The dedicated cross-disciplinary staff within the registrar’s office works with students to help them take advantage of Penn Law’s many opportunities to build connections between their legal studies and other areas of interest.

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June 25, 2018

Detkin IP and Technology Legal Clinic joins USPTO’s Certification Program

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.

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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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% of faculty members that hold graduate degrees in fields other than law:


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% of the 2018 class that took at least one course at one of Penn’s 11 other graduate schools:

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Trailblazing Scholarship

Leading thinkers

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.

Natasha Sarin

Arriving at Penn
On her scholarship:
"I’m an empirical economist, and I use various data sets to try to tease out the extent to which pieces of [the] Dodd-Frank [Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act] worked the way they were supposed to, or didn’t work the way they were intended. I’m interested in regulatory questions from both a consumer finance perspective and a more macroprudential risk management perspective."
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Natasha Sarin

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Through our 11 centers and institutes, the faculty brings its research to bear on important issues while including students in the academic arena.
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Prof. Michael Knoll presented his recent research to graduates at the U.S. Army War College. His scholarship applies finance principles to questions of international tax policy with a particular focus on the connection between taxation and competitiveness.

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Professor Jill Fisch was named the winner of a 2018 section award for excellence in legal education from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

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Professor Kara Finck helped secure Penn Law's Child Advocacy Clinic as a partner in CHOP's Multi-Partner Medical Legal Partnership, a resource that provides pro bono legal assistance to patients and families in need.

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Penn Law Provost Anita Allen is the first African-American woman president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association.

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Professor Maggie McKinley published an article about the legality and history of the administrative state in the Yale Law Journal. A review in Jotwell called it a "watershed piece of scholarship."

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Professor David Hoffman led a team of researchers to conduct the first detailed analysis of “Initial Coin Offerings” (ICOs), revealing the estimated $25-billion-dollar industry’s protections against self-dealing may leave investors exposed to risks they don’t anticipate from issuers.

CTIC@10: Celebrating Ten Years at the Cutting Edge of Law and Technology

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A Global Vision

Legal education that crosses borders and connects us with the global legal community

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

Learning to apply legal training to public service on a global stage

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.

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March 12, 2018

Global Research Seminar explores Japan's judicial review

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.

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May 30, 2018

Penn Law signs agreement with London School of Economics and Political Science Law Department

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.

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January 16, 2018

Students travel to Colombia to examine peace process

Students traveled to Colombia to visit with members of the FARC to discuss the recent peace agreement and its implementation.

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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

Global Women Leaders - Moushira Khattab

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Lifelong Connections

A vibrant community

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.

Reunion weekend attendance:


Highest Reunion Attendance:

alumni from Class of 2013

Total Alumni Events::

both domestically and internationally with over 2,324 attendees

European Society Conference (held in Munich):

attendees from 16 countries
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2018 Penn Law Reunion Weekend
Our alumni network is vast, strong, and proud.

Giving at a Glance
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Robert Toll L’66 and Jane Toll GSE’66

Spotlight on Giving
Penn Law receives $3 million gift to expand public interest programs, establish Public Service Corps:
The University of Pennsylvania Law School has received a $3 million gift from Robert Toll L’66 and Jane Toll GSE’66 to create and launch the new Toll Public Service Corps, while expanding the Toll Public Interest Scholars program, and funding additional financial and career support for alumni through loan forgiveness.
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Robert Toll L’66 and Jane Toll GSE’66

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The Power of Penn Law Campaign Advocates for a New Era
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Thank you

It is impossible to capture all of the amazing work of our Penn Law community in one annual report, and the pride we feel in sharing all these incredible stories cannot be measured. Your loyal alumni support makes so much of what we do a reality, and we are so grateful for your commitment to Penn Law.

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