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University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Juris Doctor, or JD degree, curricular requirements at Penn Law have been established to assure that students graduate with the analytical and critical intellectual skills necessary to meet tomorrow's challenges in an ever-changing world, a thorough understanding of the basic principles of the law, an appreciation of the value of contributing to society through pro bono legal service, the ability to research and convey ideas and legal arguments both cogently and coherently, and an understanding of, and an appreciation for, legal ethics and the inherent responsibilities of becoming a member of the legal profession.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 776
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 164 - 171
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.55 - 3.94
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 94.95%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 98.15%
Tuition $53,138

Overview

Overview

About University of Pennsylvania Law School

The Juris Doctor, or JD degree, curricular requirements at Penn Law have been established to assure that students graduate with the analytical and critical intellectual skills necessary to meet tomorrow's challenges in an ever-changing world, a thorough understanding of the basic principles of the law, an appreciation of the value of contributing to society through pro bono legal service, the ability to research and convey ideas and legal arguments both cogently and coherently, and an understanding of, and an appreciation for, legal ethics and the inherent responsibilities of becoming a member of the legal profession.

Reviews

Founded in 1850, Penn Law is one of the country’s most outstanding law schools, boasting a “stellar” academic reputation and a cross-disciplinary program nearly unri­valled by other schools. The school “has a lot of resources and ensures that it remains a place of cutting edge legal thinking and teaching,” and the environment is one that fos­ters “academic success and personal friendships at the same time.” Overall, the school is “the perfect mix of academic rigor, opportunity, and collegial environment,” according to a 2L.The professors are “incredible,” comprising a faculty of “nothing but pure geniuses.” They “genuinely care about the students and take the time to mentor them,” and many seem “to genuinely enjoy working through legal issues or discussing legal scholarship with their students.” Faculty members are “interesting people who've had extraordinary careers,” and most feel that “it's an honor to learn from them.” Students are also able to take classes outside of the law school in their second and third years in order to broaden their horizons. Currently, the Legal Writing program is getting “a much-needed make­over,” and the appellate advocacy courses and moot court opportunities “are strong and can accommodate most if not all students who wish to participate.” Clinics are “great...if you can get into one,” as they tend to be small, meaning many students ultimately may not be able to capitalize on the school's strong clinical programming. The “extremely visible” administration garners similar enthusiasm, delivering “excel­lence with a smile.” They “consistently put in extra effort to improve your learning experience, to bring a speaker to the law school, or to implement a concern or suggestion you have to improve the law school.” As examples, a student cites the staff member in the registrar's office who “emailed me a syllabus for a course I hoped to register for, so I could be current on the readings,” and the times that “the library researchers will hold an impromptu meeting to help find a tricky resource.” “It would be easy for Student Affairs to hear out student complaints or suggestions and never act on them. Our admin­istrators, however, really seem invested in making this a positive experience for the students and respond with action a majority of the time.”There are “lots of pro bono opportunities” that provide practical experience, but a few students do wish that more practical opportunities were available, “particularly ones geared toward transactional, legal practice.” Fortunately, professors are “very willing to help with clerkships, externships, and outside research.” The lack of practical opportuni­ties is the only resource complaint that Penn students have, yet many agree that the professors “make sure we have what we need and that we know how to use this stuff.” Registering for classes can be “a hassle” though, and students gripe about the “archaic process” of having to go to the office and write your name on a waitlist, which is a slightly tedious process.Penn alumni are very involved, returning to Penn Law to teach elective courses and to offer their support in the recruiting process; it is because of the alumni’s solid reputation that “employers look at a resume that has ‘Penn Law’ on it.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 260

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

As one of the world’s preeminent research institutions, Penn is home to an array of superb graduate and professional schools – all within walking distance. Three-Year Programs: JD/MBA; JD/MA or MS (Criminology); JD/MSEd (Educational Policy); JD/MSEd (Higher Education); JD/MES (Environmental Studies); JD/MPA (Government); JD/MA (International Studies); JD/MBE (Bioethics); JD/MSSP (Social Policy); JD/MA (Global Business Law); JD/MSW (with a BSW), JD/LLM (Hong Kong). Four-year programs: JD/MCP (City & Regional Planning); JD/MPH (Public Health); JD/AM (Islamic Studies); JD/MSW; JD/MBA; JD/DMD (Dental Medicine); JD/MS (Historic Preservation). PhD programs (6 years): JD/PhD (American Legal History); JD/PhD (Philosophy), JD/PhD (Psychology); JD/PhD (Communications). JD/EdD (Education) and JD/MD in Medicine. Also, JD/BA and JD/BS within Penn. Plus ad hoc programs.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 131
Full-Time Faculty 73
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 53
Faculty Gender 64% Male
35% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 58%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 13%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $53,138 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,672 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $66,810 $53,138

Financial Aid

77% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$61,893 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

University of Pennsylvania Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 164 - 171
LSAT Total 164 - 171

University of Pennsylvania Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.55 - 3.94
Total 3.55 - 3.94

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: State Residency, Interview, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#3 Best Career Prospects
#8 Best Quality of Life
#9 Best Classroom Experience
#9 Toughest To Get Into

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 73%
First Time Pass Rate 95%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 98%
Average Starting Salary $160,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 3 1%
Firm Sized 11-25 3 1%
Firm Sized 26-50 5 1%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 17 6%
Firm Sized 251-500 25 9%
Firm Sized 501+ 138 52%
Business Industry 12 5%
Government 6 2%
Public Interest 10 4%
Federal Clerkship 28 11%
State Clerkship 10 4%
Other Clerkship 2 1%
Academia 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 5 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 11%
PA 18%
NY 40%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Pennsylvania Law School include:

  • Lisa Scottoline - Author
  • Peter Detkin - Founder and Vice Chairman, Intellectual Ventures
  • Leo E. Strine, Jr. - Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Libby Liu - President, Radio Free Europe
  • Michael Richter - Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook

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