Students Say

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.

Overview

Applicants
5,828
Acceptance Rate
16%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
250

Test Scores

LSAT
164 - 170

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$80

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Overall

Students Say

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. Beginning in Fall 2013 the legal practice skills program renamed and expanded the 1L legal writing curriculum. 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 résumé that has ‘Penn Law’ on it.”


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
146

30
Female
13.7
Minority

Career overview

Career Rating
99
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
96%
Average Starting Salary
$160,000
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
99%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Variety of major law firms nationwide; prestigious national fellowship organizations and public interest organizations; federal and state judges; leading business organizations and federal, state and local government entities.

Graduates Employed by Area


Prominent Alumni

Michael Richter
Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook

Libby Liu
President, Radio Free Asia

Leo E. Strine, Jr.
Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court

Peter Detkin
Founder and Vice Chairman, Intellectual Ventures

Lisa Scottoline
Author

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$71,610

% Students Receiving Some Aid
74%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$53,430
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$14,350
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$14,350
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$8,494
Fees
$3,486

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
756
Parent Institution Enrollement
24,806

Average Age at Entry
24

% International
3%

Demographics

28.20%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
45% female
55% male

Campus Life

Students Say

“I love being at Penn,” says a happy student. “The size of the student body is large enough that I am still meeting people, but small enough that it feels like a real community.” Penn is composed of “superbly accomplished individuals who are relatively humble about their achievements,” which makes for a “superior learning environment, where everyone works to their highest capacity, but everyone is still kind and generous to others.” This general feeling of being the best of the best takes a load off of the tension that can be found in many graduate programs: “Everyone is very confident that they will get a great job when they graduate, so there is no sense of competition that I hear about from my friends at comparable schools.” Students “share notes and outlines at the drop of a hat, and there’s a genuine feeling that we’re all in it together.” The school is also very LGBTQ friendly and supportive.

The facilities at Penn are “visually pleasing and practical,” and classroom facilities are “mostly very high-tech and new, especially with the addition of our new building.” There are always “good places to study, socialize, eat, hold events, and whatever else you want to do.” The school is small, and the way it is laid out “really makes it feel friendly and like a community. You run into everyone all the time, professors and students.” “Penn is as good as everyone says, and better,” says a pleased student. “Law school’s a tough three years. Given a choice to do it all over again, I can’t imagine wanting to go anywhere else.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Renee Post
Associate Dean, Admissions and Financial Aid

Address
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6204

Phone
215-898-7400

Email
contactadmissions@law.upenn.edu
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Key Stats

5,828
Applicants
756
Size
16%
Acceptance Rate

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