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LAW SCHOOL PROFILE                                                                                 1. 800.973.1177

                             University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA
                             [By Heather Jung]
                             A Top 10 law school, the University of Pennsylvania Law School received more than 5,600 applications for the class of 2009.
                             When classes begin this fall, the class will consist of fewer than 250 of those potential applicants. The average GPA of the
                             entering class was 3.7, and the median LSAT score was 170. Although the school follows a traditional J.D. program of study,
                             it is known for being extremely rigorous.

According to the school’s website, the                  •    Students interested in practicing for               politics, including national politics
“curriculum also has unrivaled depth,                        their futures can participate in one                and major campaigns.
allowing you to choose from a dizzying array                 of three moot court or mock trial
of electives from your first year to your                    competitions.                                  •    Students who want to learn
third, from these more traditional courses to                                                                    how to foster their professional
those in emerging fields, and also allowing             •    Affinity programs such as the Asian                 and spiritual development can
you to supplement your legal education                       Pacific American Law Students                       participate in religious groups
with courses at the esteemed graduate and                    Association, Jewish Law Students                    such as the Muslim Law Students
professional schools at the University of                    Association, Lambda Law, and                        Association and the Christian Legal
Pennsylvania through our cross-disciplinary                  United Law Students of Color                        Society.
program.”                                                    Council allow students of particular
                                                             ethnic, cultural, and identity groups          •    Social groups like the Iron Chef
In an effort to keep up with the ever-blurring               to come together and discuss                        Club, Law School Light Opera
lines and parameters of “traditional” legal                  the issues affecting them daily                     Company, and Melange Wine Tasting
issues, the law school has created a cross-                  while striving to increase diversity                Society allow students to show
disciplinary program. The program exposes                    awareness and sensitivity.                          off their talents or educate the
students to a multitude of other disciplines                                                                     community about various topics.
in order to enhance their critical thinking and         •    Differing greatly from traditional
ability to navigate today’s world.                           student organizations, the sole                •    Sports groups keep students fit
                                                             purpose of conference-only groups                   while allowing them to network and
Students at Penn Law can customize their                     is to allow students to meet to                     engage in healthy competition with
law school experiences through several                       organize conferences and raise                      their classmates.
out-of-the-classroom options, such as study-                 awareness about varying topics. The
abroad programs, student organizations and                   school’s conferences invite scholars,          •    Students who are passionate about
publications, and various clinics.                           professionals, and public interest                  today’s hottest issues (such as the
                                                             advocates to address students.                      feminist movement, abortion, and
Penn Law offers multiple options for                                                                             the environment) can get their voices
students to study abroad. It offers six formal          •    Cross-disciplinary groups such                      heard by participating in special-
study-abroad programs in conjunction with                    as the Chinese Legal Studies                        interest groups.
Wharton’s Lauder Institute in locations such                 Association, Penn Law Real Estate
as Japan, Germany, China, Israel, Spain, and                 Club, and Environmental Law Society            •    There is no better way to represent
France. Areas of study include international                 are geared toward students who are                  student views to faculty and
business law, international trade law,                       interested in particular areas of law.              the school administration than
contracts, and litigation.                                                                                       through participation in a student
                                                        •    The two political groups (Penn                      government organization like the
The school offers more than 70 organizations                 Law Democrats and Penn Law                          Pre-Law Mentoring Program or the
in which students can participate:                           Republicans) allow students to                      National Lawyers Guild.
                                                             become involved in various facets of

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LAW SCHOOL PROFILE                                                                            1. 800.973.1177

    •    Since the school requires students      Transnational Clinic, Criminal Defense           schools as you will find in the country.
         to do pro bono work prior to            Clinic, and upper-division “Lawyering in the     Students can easily enhance their first-
         graduating, it is no wonder there       Public Interest” seminar.                        rate legal education through study in many
         are whole organizations devoted                                                          associated disciplines, either through
         to the cause. The public service        Dean Michael A. Fitts describes Penn Law         matriculation in a joint-degree program
         program plans special events for the    best when he states:                             or by taking up to four courses in other
         community.                                                                               departments.”
                                                 “Society in the st century increasingly
Students can also choose to participate in       demands lawyers who are not only well            ON THE NET
one of the school’s clinics, which, according    prepared in the conventional areas of legal
to the director for clinical legal studies,      education but are also knowledgeable of          University of Pennsylvania Law School
“prepares students to become skilled             and comfortable in fields intertwined with
practitioners by applying theory learned in      the law. At Penn Law, our top-tier faculty
the classroom to the realities of actual legal   are leaders in more traditional as well as       Student Activities at Penn Law
problems. Students also experience the           cross-disciplinary scholarship, and they—
challenges and satisfaction of representing      and our talented students—are thoroughly         studentactivities.html
real clients in need of legal services while     integrated into the broad intellectual life of
benefiting from first-rate faculty supervision   the University of Pennsylvania. Unlike most      Clinical Program at Penn Law
and guidance.” Students can choose from          law schools that remain isolated from their
the Civil Practice Clinic, Entrepreneurship      universities, Penn Law has followed the
Clinic, Mediation Clinic, Legislative Clinic,    opposite path, nurturing relationships with
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic,         as fine an array of law-related professional


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