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Class of 2025
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University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA CAREY LAW SCHOOL!
This is a time of incredible opportunity to study the law and a transformative moment in legal education, especially at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. We are delighted to welcome you as a member of the Class of 2025 as we enter a new era in law — and a new era in the Law School’s storied history. Over the last two years, the success of the Law School has been recognized in the form of receiving two of the top ten gifts to law schools in history: 2019’s historic $125 million gift from the W. P. Carey Foundation as well as a $50 million gift from the Robert and Jane Toll Foundation in 2020 to dramatically expand the Toll Public Interest Scholars and Fellows Program. Both gifts highlight the vast, meaningful contributions from alumni and the Penn Carey Law community – one you’re now joining – that have led to such a significant upward trajectory for the Law School.

Our people and programming are dedicated to your success, which is why, for example, Penn Carey Law is routinely number one in the country for our new graduates’ career outcomes. Our careers counselors provide comprehensive guidance for you from your first day in the classroom to the start of your career, and executive skills support through the Center on Professionalism will help you navigate the legal profession. Moreover, when you graduate, as alumni you will have the benefit of lifelong learning and career support from the Law School, including through our ever-expanding Future of the Profession Initiative, whose mission of educating the next generation of lawyers and catalyzing change throughout the profession provides the innovative thought leadership and organization needed to develop the legal professionals of tomorrow, like yourself.

You will learn from a dedicated and diverse group of visionary scholars, teachers, and mentors who are preeminent in the law and the myriad fields with which it is connected. Our faculty-led academic centers and institutes generate research that yields insights and solutions to complex problems in the law and our society. In addition to the ten standing faculty members who have joined the Law School in the last five years, we’re excited to welcome five additional standing professors who enhance our academic program. Our faculty engage and mentor students, from support for judicial clerkship applications to simply taking students out to lunch to talk about their studies.

Penn also has a well-deserved reputation for cross-disciplinary innovation and as a world-leading research hub, attracting national and global figures to campus and to the Law School. To best prepare students to solve the legal challenges of the future, the Law School believes students must receive equal, parallel training in related fields like business, health, technology, education, and social work, which complement and enhance their legal expertise. Law students can easily take a class or classes (all within walking distance) at one of Penn’s 11 other graduate and professional schools, such as Wharton or the Perelman School of Medicine, enroll in one of the over 35 Joint Degrees and Certificate Programs offered, or study abroad at one of our partner law schools around the globe.

Opportunities abound here: you can develop your lawyering skills and serve real-life clients through our clinical programs; participate in or even start a pro bono student project through our Toll Public Interest Center; take part in one or more of dozens of student groups, from the substantive (Penn Intellectual Property Group) to the social and very fun (Bowling League); and take advantage of our many well-being initiatives, which aim to keep you healthy in body and mind.

Most importantly, the Law School’s collegial and inclusive community will be there to support you every step of the way with a network of colleagues and fellow alumni that will last a lifetime.

This publication includes details about our curriculum, our programs, and life in Philadelphia. Please take the time to review this information, and don’t hesitate to contact our Office of Admissions & Financial Aid if you have any questions. Congratulations once again, and welcome to the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

Sincerely,

Theodore W. Ruger, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law Signature
THEODORE W. RUGER
Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law
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Collegiality

OUR COLLABORATIVE ETHOS

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Penn Carey Law creates a supportive and inclusive community where collaboration and teamwork are prized. We appreciate differences and are willing to engage colleagues and faculty in ways that respect, and even celebrate, the many differences in philosophy and experience that appear in a community as rich in ideas and backgrounds as Penn Carey Law.

Our supportive community encourages students to take intellectual risks. Furthermore, our students do not receive class rankings. Our belief — confirmed by feedback we receive from employers and leaders in the profession — is that students who learn the law in a supportive and collaborative environment, such as Penn Carey Law’s, make exceptional lawyers and leaders.

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Gabrielle Piper C’14, MSSP’19, L’19
Associate,
Dechert LLP, New York, NY
“I never would have expected such a warm, collegial, and welcoming environment in law school. People genuinely want to see each other succeed — I’ve had complete strangers send me their class notes and outlines and give advice on jobs and classes. There truly is a collaborative effort for the Penn Law community to thrive as a unit, and I think that is something truly special.”
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Cross-Disciplinary

Innovation
A Penn Carey Law education prepares you to seize emerging opportunities. At a time when the law increasingly intersects with countless other fields, we are the most interdisciplinary law school in the nation, with a curriculum uniquely focused on integrating the economic and social complexity of a world in transition.

At Penn Carey Law, you will receive a classic legal education adapted to a world in which lawyers must navigate diverse fields to serve their clients’ needs and to address virtually every issue facing society. Over 100 students graduate each year with joint degrees or certificates that propel them along varied career paths. Even if you choose not to obtain a joint degree or certificate, you are still able to take up to four classes at other Penn graduate and professional schools on campus.

More than
50%
Of Faculty
hold advanced degree beyond the JD
17%
of the Class of 2020
received joint degrees
71%
of the Class of 2020
completed a joint-degree or certificate program from a sister school at Penn
57%
of the Class of 2020
received Certificates of Study from a sister school at Penn
The Class of 2020 graduated from
17
different joint degree and certificate programs
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Gabriella Ravida MSSP’20, L’20

Law Clerk to the Hon. Cornelia Pillard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; Law Clerk to the Hon. Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Fall 2022)
“Among all of the fantastic opportunities the Law School offers, the people are the heart of this law school and are what make it truly unique. Students are friendly, kind, and generous. They share notes freely, check-in with you if you are sick, and warmly congratulate you on your accomplishments. There are also a number of faculty members who take the time to counsel students in ways that far surpassed my expectations. Conversations with my professors changed the trajectory of my legal career and made me understand my true potential.”

3-Year Programs

JD/MBA, Business Administration
JD/MA or MS, Criminology
JD/MSEd, Education Policy
JD/MSEd, Higher Education
JD/MA, International Studies
JD/MA, Economic Law with Specialization in Global Governance (Sciences Po)
JD/MBE, Bioethics
JD/MS, Nonprofit Leadership
JD/MSSP, Social Policy
JD/MSW, Social Work (for BSW candidates)
JD/LLM, Hong Kong University

Certificate Programs

Africana Studies
Business Economics and Public Policy
Communication and Media Policy
East Asian Studies
Economics Development and Growth
Energy Management and Policy
Environmental Policy
Environmental Science
Experimental Ethnography
Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Global Human Rights
Latin American and Latino Studies
Management
Middle East and Islamic Studies
Nonprofit Administration
Nonprofit Leadership
Politics
Public Finance
SCAN Neuroscience

Other Degree Programs

JD/MSE, Engineering
JD/MCIT, Computing and Information Technology
JD/MCP, City and Regional Planning
JD/MPA, Public Administration
JD/MPH, Public Health Studies
JD/MES, Environmental Studies
JD/AM, Islamic Studies
JD/MSW, Social Work
JD/MBA, Business Administration
JD/PhD, American Legal History
JD/PhD, Philosophy
JD/BA, JD/BS, University of Pennsylvania
JD/MD, Medicine
JD/DMD, Dentistry

LEADERS IN LAW AND BUSINESS

WHARTON CERTIFICATE IN MANAGEMENT

As a leader in a rapidly changing legal marketplace, Penn Carey Law offers the Wharton Certificate in Management, a one-week, intensive bootcamp program designed to increase the business skills and leadership capabilities of upper-level law students who aspire to lead key parts of a firm, business, non-profit, or government agency.

The course is divided into four modules: Finance and Accounting; Leadership and Organization Design; Strategic Decision-Making and Leadership; and Competitive Advantage: Building a Strong Personal Brand.

Designed exclusively for Law School students and taught by Wharton faculty, the certificate complements and strengthens the practical training Penn Carey Law students receive as part of a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary legal education. The managerial and leadership skills taught in the course build upon Penn Carey Law students’ extensive practice skills, developed in the Law School’s many clinics, externship programs, and pro bono service opportunities and honed through the Center on Professionalism.

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FRANCIS J. & WILLIAM POLK CAREY JD/MBA

The Francis J. & William Polk Carey JD/MBA Program at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and the Wharton School immerses students in an accelerated course of study, preparing them for careers at the intersection of law and business. Students earn both JD and MBA degrees in three years, rather than the five years it would typically take to earn each degree separately.

Students spend their first year at the Law School and the following summer in Law and Wharton courses designed specifically for the Carey JD/MBA Program. The second and third years include a combination of Law and Wharton courses, along with the JD/MBA capstone course in the third year.

Advancing Law and Technology

JD/MCIT & JD/MSE
At a time when debates over technology policy are as significant as they are complex, Penn Carey Law and the School of Engineering and Applied Science have an innovative program to produce market-ready professionals prepared for careers in fields at the intersection of law and technology.
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KELSEY MATEVISH C’14, W’14, MCIT’19, L’19

Associate, Gibson Dunn, San Francisco, CA
“Penn Carey Law’s commitment to cross-disciplinary education allowed me to build a one of a kind legal education. I’m interested in the intersection between law and technology, and during my time at Penn, professors and faculty were all helpful in allowing me to explore that area. Through pursuing a dual degree at the engineering school, doing intellectual property research, and receiving mentorship from professors, I was able to grow so much as a student and as a future lawyer.”
Students pursuing a joint degree typically spend their first year at the Law School and second at Penn Engineering. In years three and four, students will take classes in both schools and participate in a capstone course on Technology and Policy co-taught by faculty from both schools. The Master of Computing and Information Technology (MCIT) degree is ideal for those with no prior degree in engineering or computer science but who are interested in the practice of information technology. Students with qualifying undergraduate academic backgrounds and experience may pursue any Penn Engineering master’s degree.
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CHRISTINA CHEN MCIT’19, L’20

Technology & IP Transactions Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, New York, NY
“As technology permeates every industry, I want to be well equipped to answer the most cutting-edge legal and policy questions concerning artificial intelligence, data security, and IP. Penn Carey Law’s JD/MCIT dual degree program is uniquely situated in a top law, business, and engineering university. It has given me the strong technical and legal foundation I need to confidently tackle current and still unimaginable issues in an increasingly connected world.”
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Market-Ready

Professionals

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Penn Carey Law’s Office of Career Strategy (OCS) provides you guidance and support to achieve your individual career goals, both during law school and throughout your career. OCS offers a comprehensive suite of programs, services, and resources, including job search resources, skills and training, practice area information, alumni and employer networking opportunities, individual counseling and on- and off-campus job fairs to help you learn your strengths, explore a variety of practice settings, and identify where you want to focus your career.

All OCS counselors are experienced in coaching students, whatever their career interests. Each counselor also draws from a significant background as a legal practitioner and offers specialized expertise including cross-disciplinary, international, public sector (government and non-profit), private sector, academia, and judicial clerkships. Our counselors are knowledgeable about the exceptional Penn Carey Law programs that support these careers, as well as the related job markets.

Ava K. Mehta L’21

Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto, California
“Penn has provided me with an incredibly dynamic and meaningful law school experience. I have had the opportunity to take engaging classes, from foundational legal courses to small seminars; to develop my lawyering skills through clinical programs, like the Appellate Advocacy Clinic; and to connect with peers, through affinity groups, pro bono projects, and journal scholarship. Most of all, I have valued three years of learning and growing in a community filled with people who are talented, engaged, and kind.”
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Careers: By the Numbers

Penn Carey Law’s cross-disciplinary JD program prepares students for a range of careers in the law and related fields, complemented by professional development programs that build the skills necessary to pursue rewarding and enriching jobs and careers. At Penn Carey Law, students are exposed to the widest variety of legal employers, as well as to Penn alumni worldwide who have used their law degrees to excel in their fields. Penn Carey Law students are recruited nationally and internationally by a diverse array of employers.

Employment Statistics

Job Type
2020
2019
2018
Law Firm
189
188
182
Judicial Clerk
26
29
26
Business or Industry
15
8
11
Government/ Military
6
9
10
Public Interest
20
14
12
Academic
1
0
0
Median Salary Information
2020
2019
2018
Law Firm
$190,000
$190,000
$190,000
Judicial Clerk
$69,579
$61,218
$65,732
Business or Industry
$150,000
not reported
$137,500
Government/ Military
$72,907
$60,000
$51,412
Public Interest
$50,000
$45,000
$45,000
Academic
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not applicable
none reported
General Employment Information
2020
2019
2018
Graduating Class Size
258
250
243
Employment Status Known
258
250
243
Employed
257
248
241
Start Date Deferred
0
0
0
Seeking Employment
0
1
1
Not Seeking Employment
1
0
0
Enrolled in Full-Time Degree
0
1
1
Unknown
0
0
0
The Office of Career Strategy offers tailored individual counseling to all JDs, LLMs, and alumni. With eight counseling professionals — all of whom hold JD degrees — with decades of collective and diverse experience, we provide comprehensive and customized services on all aspects of the job search. Our counselors work closely with students and alumni to think strategically and set goals that align to both short-term and long-term career success.

Employment Locations

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Public Sector Careers

Students come to us to pursue careers dedicated entirely to the public sector or to explore ways in which they can incorporate public interest work into their careers. OCS has two counselors dedicated to supporting students who seek public sector employment. We also offer programs to support the public sector job search, including networking opportunities with public sector lawyers and intensive fellowship application support.

Summer Employment Funding

With financial support from work-study programs, grants, and fellowships, each summer about 200 students pursue a wide variety of summer employment opportunities with courts, government agencies, and public interest organizations around the country.

International fellowship and internship programs support students working in a variety of human rights organizations and governmental and non-governmental agencies around the world.

As a result, Penn Carey Law students spend their 1L and 2L summers all over the country and the world. They secure placements in federal, state, and local government offices, and legal aid, public policy, and impact litigation organizations.

The Center on Professionalism

COP prepares Penn Carey Law students to succeed as professionals, in law school and beyond, by offering an innovative and rigorous professionalism curriculum. COP’s programs advance students’ development of the mindsets, personal and professional management skills, technological competencies, listening skills, and emotional intelligence tools that enable modern leaders to thrive, adapt, and achieve lasting success.

Some of COP’s programs include:

  • 1L professionalism cohorts, in which Penn Carey Law students learn from inspiring experts about fundamental professionalism skills.
  • Executive and virtual communication coaching sessions.
  • Training in the technologies and applications lawyers most commonly use, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe.
  • A Project Management for Student Leaders Bootcamp, in coordination with Student Affairs, as well as programs about Time Management.
  • The First Generation Professionals (FGP) Fellowship. This programmatic fellowship, available to selected Fellows, provides a unique connection to a mentor, one-on-one coaching opportunities, and private meet-and-greets with on-campus speakers and other legal professionals.

COP’s virtual programs are hosted and retained in an exclusive online platform, available only to Penn Carey Law students. There, past and present COP programs, including its collaborations with other departments, are stored and are available for repeat viewings.

Judicial Clerkships

Many Penn Carey Law graduates begin their careers as law clerks in the chambers of judges around the country. With clerkship counseling and support from OCS and the faculty clerkship committee, almost 400 students and alumni in recent years secured clerkships at all levels of the judiciary, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Many of our faculty members have held prestigious clerkships, and they — along with OCS’s clerkship counselor — advise and guide students as they move through the application process. Penn Carey Law’s careers office also offers extensive programming on the value of clerking, and clerkship applicants are supported by a network of former clerks, alumni judges, and faculty members committed to the success of our students and alumni.

Judicial Clerkships
Five-Year Results
U.S. Supreme Court
1
Circuit
109
District
190
Magistrate
18
Bankruptcy
6
Tax
1
U.S. Court of International Trade
3
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
5
Federal Administrative Law Judge
1
Delaware Chancery
6
State Supreme
17
State Intermediate
8
State Trial
17
Territory Trial
1
International
5
Total
388
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Louis J. Capozzi III C’16, L’19

Law Clerk to Judge Anthony Scirica, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2019-2020);
Law Clerk to J. Harvie Wilkinson III , U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2020-2021);
Law Clerk to Justice Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Supreme Court (2021- )

“Penn Carey Law has given me incredible opportunities. I have taken four classes with federal appellate judges, traveled around the world with Professor Christopher Yoo, written an article on personal jurisdiction under the supervision of Professor Stephen Burbank, conducted research on the right to counsel under the supervision of Judge Stephanos Bibas, and helped teach a constitutional law class with Dean Ted Ruger. These experiences have prepared and inspired me to embrace future challenges and opportunities.”

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Distinguished

Faculty

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Our professors are renowned and prolific scholars, publishing broadly acclaimed books and articles that advance knowledge in the law and related fields. Our low student-faculty ratio and small class sizes ensure close collaboration among students and professors. Faculty share their research at informal brown bag lunches and seek student feedback on their scholarship. Professors also partner with students on field-based teaching and research activities in the U.S. and abroad and are actively involved in the Penn Carey Law community, participating in student-organized symposia and conferences.

Academic Centers and Institutes

The 10 institutes and centers housed at the Law School sponsor groundbreaking research on vital issues facing society and host a vibrant calendar of lectures, symposia, conferences, and events.

Center for Asian Law
Center for Tax Law & Policy
Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition
Criminal Law Research Group
Institute for Law & Economics
Institute for Law & Philosophy
Legal History Consortium
Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law
Penn Program on Regulation
Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice

Kristin DeWilde L’20

SCAN Neuroscience Certificate
Law Clerk to Chief Judge Rosenthal, Southern District of Texas, Houston, Texas (2021-2022); Law Clerk to Judge Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Columbus, Ohio (2022-2023)
“One of the hardest parts of law school is figuring out the kind of lawyer one wants to be when it is over. The best part of my law school experience at Penn was gaining invaluable mentors who helped me answer this question. I learned from them to pursue the opportunities that make your ears perk up and never take an opportunity just to check a box. Learning this gave me the confidence to take advantage of the abundance of opportunities the Law School offers, including completing a Neuroscience certificate, working on antitrust treatises, attending Conflict of Laws Restatement meetings, externing at the U.S. State Department, and applying for clerkships.”
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Focus on
Cross-Cutting Research

Penn Carey Law faculty members reach across disciplines, apply new methodologies, and collaborate with scholars across the University in their research. The law touches virtually every part of our lives, and the faculty at Penn Carey Law are showing how the law influences — and is influenced by — business, culture, medicine, science, and technology. Tomorrow’s challenges require an education that crosses boundaries, not one that’s confined by them, and Penn Carey Law’s world-class faculty is ready to share their expertise with you.
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Dorothy Roberts

has been at the forefront of research about race, medicine, and science. As a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor — a top scholar working in two or more schools at Penn — Roberts holds joint appointments at the Law School, in the Department of Sociology, and in the Department of Africana Studies. Working with Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist and fellow PIK Professor at Penn, the two have argued for an end to the use of genetic concepts of race in biological research, pointing to countless studies that have failed to uphold the concept.
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Sarah Barringer Gordon

is a scholar of law, history, and religion whose research has investigated how the American legal system has impacted the country’s history and culture. In a recent, award-winning article, Gordon, who holds joint appointments in law and history, explains how a seemingly unlikely legal field — corporate law — helped African-Americans gain rights they wouldn’t have otherwise had access to in early America.

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Global Engagement

Our faculty members engage with the law around the world, bringing their scholarship to policy makers, government officials, and nongovernmental organizations. For students at Penn Carey Law, our professors’ expertise translates to unmatched opportunities, whether it’s doing field research in a foreign country or delivering a report on human rights to the United Nations.
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Beth Simmons

is one of the University’s newest PIK Professors, and she brings her work as a quantitative political scientist to the field of international human rights. She’s looked at the impact of human rights treaties, whether the International Criminal Court deters crime, and — using data from satellite photography — analyzed border crossings around the world.
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Eric A. Feldman

is a nationally-recognized scholar whose work focuses on Japanese law, comparative public health law, torts, and law and society. In addition to being the Heimbold Chair in International Law and Professor of Law at the Law School, Eric Feldman is also a Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy and the Deputy Dean for International Programs.

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Policy

Our faculty members are at the vanguard of putting their research into action and making an impact on policy. They’re prolific scholars, but they also take the opportunity to testify before Congress, use their knowledge of criminal law to interdict international terrorists, and help stabilize Puerto Rico’s financial system. At Penn Carey Law, your world-class professors are also leaders in their fields.
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Christopher Yoo

is a leading figure in the study of law and technology. As the founding director of the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition, Yoo has been a crucial voice on net neutrality, providing internet access to the unconnected, and privacy and security. As innovations open up whole new fields, Yoo is there at the intersection of law and technology.
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Cary Coglianese

doesn’t just take an active role in the study of regulation and regulatory policy, he’s allowed his students to become active in the field as well. Coglianese is the director of the Penn Program on Regulation, which addresses climate change, studies business regulation and economic inequality, and is developing a framework on what makes a best-in-class regulator. He’s also the founder and faculty advisor of The Regulatory Review, where he mentors the student editors and writers who publish news and analysis about regulation.
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Our

Teaching Law Firm

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Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic Director Praveen Kosuri.
The Gittis Legal Clinics at Penn Carey Law bridge the knowledge learned in traditional classroom study with real-world practical experience on behalf of actual clients. Through our clinics, students build relationships with diverse clients, develop essential lawyering skills, enhance their professional development, and apply their talents and creativity in a law firm setting housed in a state-of-the-art office located in the Law School. Under the close supervision and mentoring of the clinics’ experienced faculty, students hone their skills in a professional office environment while serving the community, the nation, and the world.

Our clinics are specially designed to help students develop core lawyering competencies and foster professional identities. They offer challenging experiential learning opportunities in litigation, business transactions, child advocacy, mediation, legislation, interdisciplinary practice, international lawyering, appellate lawyering, and IP and technology law.

Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic Director Praveen Kosuri.
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Mary Felder L’21

Law Clerk to Honorable Anita Brody, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
“Community is absolutely essential to making it through law school as a public interest student. As an aspiring public defender, my community comes from the friends and mentors I have met in public interest spaces at Penn, particularly the Student Public Interest Network, the Criminal Defense Clinic, and the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic, and from the professors and attorney leaders in pro bono projects who show me every day what strong and dedicated public servants look like.”
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Detkin IP & Technology Legal Clinic Director Cynthia Dahl

Appellate Advocacy Clinic

Students work closely with the clinic co-directors and with lawyers who volunteer on a pro bono basis from DLA Piper, as well as engage with any public interest advocacy groups with whom the clinic is partnering. Students learn and practice all aspects of appellate cases: conducting legal research, writing briefs, communicating with clients, and preparing for oral argument. Students work in teams on cases, some direct representation, and some amicus, in addition to attending a weekly seminar focused on appellate strategy and practice.

Civil Practice Clinic

In our general litigation clinic, students are certified by state and federal courts to provide legal representation to indigent clients in civil matters. Students interview and counsel clients, develop case strategies, draft pleadings, engage in discovery, negotiate with opposing parties, and provide representation in court hearings and administrative proceedings. In this intensive civil litigation course, students participate in weekly “case rounds” discussions about their cases and learn essential lawyering skills while promoting access to justice for poor and disadvantaged clients. Students are engaged in litigation on issues such as landlord-tenant, homeownership, civil forfeiture, consumer debt, wage theft, social security disability, and more, representing clients in proceedings in the Court of Common Pleas, Municipal Court, U.S. District Court, and administrative agencies.

Recently:

When an immigrant’s real property was stolen from her through a fraudulent deed conveyance while she was out of the country, Civil Practice Clinic students filed a lawsuit in state court, conducted extensive discovery, hired a handwriting expert, argued motions in court, and ultimately obtained justice through an excellent settlement on the day of trial.

The Clinic successfully represented elderly clients and veterans who had lived in their homes for many years but did not have legal title. In these cases, student teams filed actions to quiet title through adverse possession in state court, and, after detailed pre-trial filings and evidentiary hearings, they won legal title for their low-income clients. The hearings were held in the same City Hall courtroom that was used to film the movie “Philadelphia.”

Students have also engaged in larger projects, helping clear criminal records of many individuals, representing workers wrongfully denied the ability to drive for shared transportation services, and partnering with the City in conducting outreach and community education to immigrants wrongfully denied earned wages. In a precedent-setting Pennsylvania Supreme Court case, a team of Civil Practice Clinic students, along with their faculty supervisors, filed an amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief contending that the forfeiture of an elderly mother’s home and car for several marijuana sales by her adult son constituted an excessive fine under the Eighth Amendment.

Criminal Defense Clinic

The Criminal Defense Clinic, conducted in partnership with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, combines hands-on trial experience with an educational component tailored to developing essential criminal defense skills. Students observe arraignments, preliminary hearings, and trials, and participate in mock classroom exercises to prepare them for actual court appearances. Students then serve as defense counsel in actual misdemeanor and felony cases in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Philadelphia Municipal Court under the close supervision of a senior trial attorney employed by the Defender Association.

Recently:

Students have appeared in Municipal Court on behalf of dozens of Defender Association clients in felony preliminary hearings and misdemeanor bench trials.

They conducted initial interviews of dozens of Defender clients in felony and misdemeanor cases.

They successfully litigated motions to suppress physical evidence and for dismissal of cases based on excessive pre-hearing delay and discovery violations.

They prepared writs of certiorari and motions to quash to the Court of Common Pleas.

They received trainings in a variety of topics, including immigration law, appellate practice, and the use of expert testimony in narcotics cases.

Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic

Penn Carey Law’s Detkin IP & Technology Legal Clinic provides hands-on practical experience in the commercialization of creativity and innovation. Students who enroll in the Detkin Clinic become IP counselors to a variety of clients, which in any semester may include scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, and large and small entities, including Penn’s Center for Innovation. By helping a wide variety of clients with their transactional IP issues, students practice at the intersection of law, business, technology, and the arts. The clinic has created strong collaborations with other Penn professional schools (including the Schools of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Medicine, Business [Wharton], and Arts and Sciences), to allow law students to learn with an interdisciplinary perspective how best to serve clients.

Recently:

Students counseled clients about patentability and infringement risk for early-stage Penn technologies, including a method to better deliver treatment to and monitor growth of cancerous tumors and a compound to help athletes mitigate the effects of traumatic brain injury.

They advised on copyright and trademark for an author and illustrator of a series of children’s books and for another nonprofit delivering educational programming to Haitian schoolchildren.

They developed a protection strategy for the processes and sculptures of a women-owned glassblowing studio upcycling recycled glass.

Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic Director Kara Finck

Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic

The Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic is one of the oldest transactional clinics in the nation. Students gain experience in lawyering for entrepreneurs and organizations while creating positive social impact through targeted client representation. Clients include underrepresented entrepreneurs from underserved communities, social enterprises focused on public good in addition to growth, and organizations undertaking socially transformative projects. Students experience first-hand the essential role performed by transactional business law practitioners and develop and refine their own business and legal skills through work in a broad range of areas that include start-up counseling, enterprise structuring, entity formation, contract negotiating and drafting, and the protection of intellectual property.

Recently:

Students have worked with a microbrewery focused on employing formerly incarcerated, formerly homeless, and other marginalized people.

They counseled a trade association of mobile food vendors about how to navigate and advocate for better City regulations for this industry.

And they represented a fashion business founded by a Black female entrepreneur trying to overcome barriers to raising capital and scaling her business to compete with mainstream brands.

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Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic

The Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic brings together law and social work students to represent adolescents, children, and families in dependency, custody, and civil legal matters. Clients share a history of trauma, poverty, and being impacted by systems such as child welfare and immigration that can only be effectively addressed through an interdisciplinary practice. The clinic’s unique model of working with medical, mental health, and social work experts also provides an unparalleled opportunity for clients to receive the highest level of legal services. Supervised by interdisciplinary faculty, law students work collaboratively with social work students from the Penn School of Social Policy and Practice to advocate for the client’s legal and social service needs. Law students learn fundamental lawyering skills within the context of child and family advocacy and through the lens of a trauma-informed and client-centered service model.
Recently:
The clinic expanded its collaboration with the Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership to provide legal support and representation to pregnant and parenting youth who have been impacted by the child welfare system. In one case, students successfully represented a young mother seeking to re-enter foster care and leave the family shelter system. In another matter, students opposed the discharge of their client during the pandemic and successfully argued for extended jurisdiction and additional supports to transition her and her son to a more stable situation.

As a member of the Family Justice Partnership with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Community Legal Services, the clinic provided legal services to address the social determinants of health for children and families in Philadelphia. Students helped staff an onsite utility clinic to assist low-income families with applying for assistance with their gas, water, and electricity bills.

As part of the clinic’s work with immigrant families, students successfully represented parents and relatives seeking to gain custody of children who have been abused or neglected in their home country. Additionally, students developed a legal training on custodial decision-making for noncitizen parents fearful of deportation and detention. Partnering with community-based organizations, students presented at local community centers and churches and conducted individual meetings with participants.

Legislative Clinic

The Legislative Clinic is one of only a handful of law school clinical programs in the nation devoted exclusively to legislative lawyering and the formation of public policy. The clinic combines legislative fieldwork in Congress, state and local legislatures, and national non-profits with classroom study of legislative process, statutory drafting, and legislative advocacy. Lawyers are increasingly called upon to pursue legislative and regulatory solutions for their clients. In the clinic, students learn about legislative solutions while conducting actual legislative and public policy work on issues of state and national importance. Students spend an average of two to three days per week engaged in legislative work at chosen sites, most frequently in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Recently:

A student working with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and the Senate Judiciary Committee researched and wrote on legislative issues involving unaccompanied immigrant children, Economic Communications Privacy Act reform, the internet, criminal justice reform, and judicial nominations.

A student attached to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal’s office focused deeply on antitrust and price-fixing issues, conducting research and writing and developing policy positions related to proposed health insurance mergers and airline surcharges.

Another student interning in the late U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings’ office conducted research on obtaining increased funding for a historically Black college, helped arrange witnesses for a legislative hearing on a pending witness protection bill, and attended briefings on prison healthcare reform.

A student interested in state legislative affairs chose to work with a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, for whom she conducted extensive research and analysis on redistricting reform and drafted a comprehensive redistricting bill.

Another student worked closely with a Philadelphia City Councilmember on critical local issues such as affordable housing, community land trusts, and gun violence.

Mediation Clinic

The Mediation Clinic teaches conflict resolution and creative problem solving. After studying negotiation and mediation theory and observing mediators in practice, students are trained in a wide range of mediation skills. Under faculty supervision, students then serve as front-line mediators for civil litigation in Pennsylvania trial courts, employment discrimination claims, child custody (domestic and international), neighborhood violence, and campus discipline cases. Seminar topics range from restorative justice to judicial settlements to online dispute resolution.

Recently:

Students conducted an intensive mediation and mediation representation work as part of a novel program of divorce mediation offered by the New York City Legal Services’ Access to Justice Program.

Students mediated Hague Convention international child abduction disputes on referral from the U.S. State Department. Students worked on a matter that involved a six-year-old child allegedly kidnapped to the Midwestern United States from Europe.

Transnational Legal Clinic Director Sarah Paoletti

Transnational Legal Clinic

Students in the Transnational Legal Clinic engage in direct representation of individuals in asylum and other immigration proceedings while also participating in broader systemic advocacy to advance the human rights of migrants in the United States and around the world. Students explore their role as lawyers in relationships and settings that cross cultures, languages, borders, and legal systems. Working in teams, students directly engage in and are exposed to varied advocacy arenas, including litigation, community-based advocacy, legislative and other policy initiatives, investigation and report writing, and media advocacy. Benefiting from close faculty supervision and mentorship, students develop core lawyering competencies such as interviewing, counseling, legal research and writing, case theory and narrative development, persuasion, and negotiation, all with the aim of advancing the goals of their individual and organizational clients and partners.

Recently:

Students have represented individuals and families who fear targeted violence, some at the hands of their government and others at the hands of their domestic partners and family members, in a diverse range of countries where significant corruption and discrimination led to their governments’ inability and unwillingness to protect them. Where necessary, students have pursued appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and in Circuit Courts.

Students have submitted urgent action communications to U.N. human rights bodies to address egregious violations against immigrants held in detention centers in Georgia. They participated in litigation at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on abuses against unaccompanied children held in immigrant detention and on a case seeking termination of the “Stay in Mexico” program. Students drafted amicus briefs addressing international human rights law specific to arbitrary and prolonged detention in cases before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits. Looking beyond the U.S. borders, students have aided advocates in Nepal to advance the rights of the country’s migrant workers, pursuing law reform and other initiatives as Nepal transitions to a new constitution and a federal system of government.

Students have traveled to El Paso, TX; Lumpkin, GA; Leesport, PA; and Tijuana, Mexico, to provide pro bono support to asylum seekers through faculty-supervised service immersion weeks.

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Study and
Practice

Academic Support

The Academic Support program helps all students develop the skills necessary to succeed in law school. The Program is here to help you from the very beginning of your law school career to the end and beyond.

In the fall term of your 1L year, you’ll be invited to attend a series of lectures; topics include notetaking, outlining, essay writing, exam study techniques, and more.

In the spring term of your 1L year, you can meet with the Academic Support staff to discuss a personalized support plan, catered to your individual needs.

After your 1L year, academic support continues to be available to help you succeed in your studies at the Law School.

A directory of online resources is available at:
https://www.law.upenn.edu/academics/support/

These include:

  • Resources for how to read judicial opinions
  • Information about how to write an effective exam answer
  • Resources on class notetaking

You’ll also find a repository of helpful lectures on a range of topics that you can use at any time.

Legal Practice Skills

In Law School, you’ll learn to “think like a lawyer” — and that work begins in your year-long, six-credit course Legal Practice Skills class. Legal Practice Skills is a class in lawyering: legal analysis, writing, research, and oral advocacy. You will learn how to formulate a sustained and cogent legal argument, find the authority to support that argument, present that argument, and counter your opponent’s arguments in writing and orally.

In Legal Practice Skills, you will also practice communicating formally, in legal documents and oral arguments, and informally, as all lawyers do on a daily basis, through email and in face-to-face meetings. Through a series of exercises designed to simulate actual law practice, Legal Practice Skills also exposes you to a range of other practice skills, including negotiations, contract drafting, effective oral advice techniques, client interviewing, and other skills.

The course urges students to think broadly about how different assignments and tasks fit together and how they contribute to the ultimate goal of representing a client. Through this interactive and hands-on class, students are able to engage in deep analysis, advocacy, and problem-solving and put their developing lawyering skills to practice.

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Internationally
Engaged

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In today’s globalized society, Penn Carey Law brings the world to its campus and its students and faculty to the world. Moving beyond standard law school offerings, we have taken a fresh approach to international legal training by infusing global analysis throughout the curriculum and connecting with law schools and legal institutions in the most dynamic legal markets around the world.
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Study Abroad

Through study abroad, students can build global peer networks, push their language and cross-cultural skills to the next level, and distinguish their resumes with demonstrated connections to an important country or region.
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PARTNERSHIPS FOR SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD

ESADE Law School (Spain)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)

London School of Economics (United Kingdom)

Tsinghua University (Beijing)

Waseda Univerity (Japan)

YEAR-LONG DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS ABROAD

Hong Kong University, Master of Laws (LLM)

Sciences Po (France), Masters in Economic Law

Sciences Po (France), Master of Transnational Arbitration & Dispute Settlement (LLM)

Summer Internships Abroad

Through Penn Carey Law’s fellowship programs, students receive funding to undertake human rights, rule of law development, and legal practice work in dynamic locations around the world.

GLOBAL LEGAL PRACTICE FELLOWSHIPS (GLPF)

Gain cross-cultural experience and a better understanding of foreign legal practice through a summer fellowship positions at a foreign law firm.
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GLOBAL JUSTICE FELLOWSHIPS (GLPF)

Explore international and comparative human rights and rule of law issues through a summer fellowship overseas at a multilateral, court, or NGO.

Other Programs Abroad

Our programs abroad are not limited to study abroad and summer programs. Penn Carey Law students have opportunities to accompany faculty on field research trips, participate in foreign conferences, and join symposia around the world.

Global Research Seminar (GRS)

Explore the global nature of today’s most complex legal issues through these innovative seminars featuring overseas field research visits.
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STUDENT-LED TRIPS

Embark on international public service trips, fact-finding missions, moot court competitions, or other peer engagement opportunities.

Global Coursework

At Penn Carey Law, a global legal education is accessible to all students. Our global curriculum covers a breadth of topics in public and international law, perspectives on foreign and comparative law, and experiential and clinical coursework.

INTERNATIONAL LAW COURSES

Enroll in one of our 40+ courses and seminars in international, foreign, and comparative law.

Or gain practical international experience through our Transnational Legal Clinic and externships.

BOK COURSES

Participate in one of these short, intensive seminars and engage in high-level discourse with distinguished legal experts from around the world.

JOINT DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES

Expand your understanding of global issues and regions and explore how the law intersects with global markets and societies.
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Experience The Power of

Public Service

Penn Carey Law’s unwavering commitment to service is reflected through the Toll Public Interest Center’s (TPIC) extensive pro bono, public interest, and government initiatives.

All students perform at least 70 hours of pro bono legal service before they graduate, and close to 90 percent exceed that requirement. TPIC ensures that students receive strong training, excellent supervision, and meaningful opportunities to make a positive impact locally, nationally, and globally. It’s a win-win: Students gain hands-on experience as early as their first semester of law school while helping non-profits and government agencies serve underrepresented causes and communities.

From public interest overnight retreats to alumni dinners in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, TPIC facilitates strong community connections at Penn Carey Law and across the U.S. thanks to a vibrant alumni network. TPIC partners with OCS, faculty, and alumni to offer unparalleled support for students committed to pursuing careers in the public interest. Generous funding for summer internships, postgraduate fellowships, and loan repayment helps students and graduates realize their goals.

Through the Leo Model Foundation Government Service & Public Affairs Initiative, TPIC delivers wide-ranging programs that connect students to legislators, government attorneys, and policy makers.

Thanks to a monumental gift from the Robert and Jane Toll Foundation, Penn Carey Law offers greatly expanded tuition scholarship opportunities for public interest students and provides a wide array of justice and equity programs and service-oriented leadership training for all law students.

Whatever your path or passion, TPIC prepares you to experience the power of public service throughout your career.

Nearly
30,000 hours of pro bono service
completed by Penn Carey Law students in the
2020-2021 academic year
650,000+ hours of pro bono work
contributed to the community by Penn Carey Law students since 1989
Nearly
90% of the Class of 2020
exceeded the 70-hour pro bono requirement
23 pro bono projects
focusing on issues ranging from
environment to immigration
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Sherrod Smith L’22

Joint degree in partnership with Penn Carey Law and Princeton University’s School for Public and International Affairs
“My pro bono engagement at Penn Carey Law has been primarily focused on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Through VITA, I work with individuals and families to assist with their income tax preparation and filing, including identifying tax credits and subsidies they are qualified to receive, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), or Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC). I feel fortunate to be able to apply the analytical skills that I’ve learned as a law student in real-world settings while also having the opportunity to learn from individuals who seek income tax assistance and the community organizations we partner with to facilitate these pro bono opportunities.”
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Catherine Kearney C’12, L’22

“As a member of the Youth Advocacy Project (YAP), I work on a team of social work and law students to write mitigation reports for youth charged as adults in an effort to get them moved back to the juvenile justice system. The challenges faced by our clients and their families remind me why I came to law school. The YAP community has been an incredible source of guidance for my future career and emotional support as I navigate law school.”

PRO BONO PROJECTS
SUPPORTING STUDENT ADVOCACY

21 pro bono projects mobilize student advocates for a range of causes and communities in need. TPIC’s eight-person team advises and supports more than 100 student leaders and hundreds of student volunteers as they support the work of local, national, and global community partners with direct client service, in-court advocacy, community education, and research and writing projects. TPIC deploys Mobile TEAMS (Trained Educators and Advocates Mobilized for Service) to address urgent legal needs in Philadelphia, in rural Pennsylvania, and – during spring and winter breaks – throughout the United States and the world. Drawing on creativity, flexibility, and a spirit of collaboration, TPIC has adapted its pro bono model to ensure Penn Carey Law students are able to perform high quality, safe pro bono service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Animal & Environmental Advocacy

Animal Law Project (ALP)
Environmental Law Project (ELP)

Civil & Political Rights

Civil Rights Law Project (CRLP)
Democracy Law Project (DLP)
If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
Trans Empowerment & Advocacy Project (TEA)

Criminal Justice

Compassionate Release Collaborative (CRC)
Criminal Record Expungement Project (C-REP)
Penn Carey Law Innocence Project
Pardon Project
Prison Legal Education Project
Youth Advocacy Project (YAP)
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Domenic Powell L’20

Honors Attorney, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Philadelphia, PA
“Penn’s student-run pro bono projects are a great way to learn new skills and support causes you believe in. As the Chair of the Environmental Law Project, I got to work with local and national organizations fighting climate change and moving our country toward renewable energy. My pro bono experience helped me get an internship at the New York State Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau during my 3L summer.”

Economic Justice

Custody & Support Assistance Clinic (CASAC)
Employment Advocacy Project (EAP)
Financial Literacy Project (FLP)
Health Law & Policy Project (HeLPP)
Penn Housing Rights Project (PHRP)
Penn Carey Law’s Walk-In Legal Assistance (WILA)

Education

School Discipline Advocacy Service (SDAS)
Youth Education Partnership (YEP)

Global

International Human Rights Advocates (IHRA)
International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
Penn Carey Law Immigrant Rights Project (PLIRP)

A TRANSFORMATIVE GIFT

In the fall of 2020, the Robert and Jane Toll Foundation, founded by alumni Robert Toll L’66 and Jane Toll GSE’66, made a $50 million gift to Penn Carey Law School to dramatically expand the Toll Public Interest Scholars and Toll Public Interest Fellows Programs, doubling the number of public interest graduates in the coming decade through a combination of full and partial tuition scholarships. The Toll Foundation’s $50 million gift is the largest gift in history devoted entirely to the training and support of public interest lawyers. TPIC’s Service Corps houses the Toll Scholars and Fellows and provides programming for the broader public interest and law school community to TPIC’s Service Corps specifically houses the Toll Public Interest Scholars and Fellows programs, while the Public Interest Experience (PIE) provides programming for the broader public interest and Law School community.

TOLL PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARS

Toll Public Interest Scholars are selected upon admission to Penn Carey Law on the basis of their lived and professional experiences, academic records, potential for leadership, and dedication to pursuing public interest careers following graduation. Toll Scholars receive full-tuition scholarships for all three years of law school.

TOLL PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWS

Toll Public Interest Fellows are second- and third-year students who desire to hone their leadership capabilities, further develop their legal skills, and challenge themselves to think about complex social, political, and cultural issues from new vantage points. Fellows are selected at the end of their first year on the basis of their lived and professional experiences, involvement in Penn Carey Law’s public interest community, and commitment to pursuing public interest careers following graduation. Toll Fellows receive partial-tuition scholarships for their second and third years of law school.

PIE AMBASSADORS

All Penn Carey Law students who are passionate about public interest — regardless of what kind of legal career they intend to pursue — may apply to join PIE. PIE offers comprehensive programming, tailored by year, aimed at helping public interest-minded students successfully navigate law school and build community.
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The Public Interest Network
Colleagues for Life

Sheerine Alemzadeh L’11
Nina Martinez L’15
Since graduation, SHEERINE ALEMZADEH L’11 has focused on public interest projects that address gender-based violence, particularly in the workplace. After graduating from Penn Carey Law, Alemzadeh received a prestigious Skadden Fellowship, which supported her work at the CHICAGO ALLIANCE AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION. There, she represented mostly low-income survivors of workplace sexual violence and went on to co-found the COALITION AGAINST WORKPLACE SEXUAL VIOLENCE.

To continue the work of empowering low-wage workers who experience sexual violence, Alemzadeh co-founded HEALING TO ACTION, a non-profit that is using an innovative, survivor-centered community organizing model to end gender-based violence by building the leadership and collective power of the communities most impacted. Through it all, Alemzadeh says, the Penn Carey Law network has supported her work in instrumental ways.

Whether it’s talking through a program strategy, donating to our fundraiser, or giving me a pep talk when work is really demanding, I’ve gained so much strength from my alumni network,” she said. “I am so grateful for how my friends at Penn Carey Law champion my work and are so supportive of approaching legal systems and injustice in creative and unconventional ways.”

Penn Carey Law’s robust public interest network contains many others who also focus their work on fighting for justice in employment, including Nina Martinez L’15. As a Skadden Fellow at the NEW YORK LEGAL ASSISTANCE GROUP, Martinez developed the Employment Mediation Project, which provided mediation services and advocacy to low-income workers embroiled in employment disputes. Today, Martinez is an associate at leading plaintiff-side employment litigation firm OUTTEN AND GOLDEN LLP, where she focuses her practice on class actions.

“The Penn Carey Law network was an incredible source of support as I endeavored to build my career as a public interest attorney,” said Martinez. “Both during law school and after I entered the workforce, TPIC staff provided meaningful guidance, working with me to explore my career aspirations and discuss concrete strategies.”

Leo Model Foundation Government Service & Public Affairs Initiative

Building on Penn Carey Law’s cross-disciplinary academic program, the Leo Model Foundation Government Service & Public Affairs Initiative prepares students for fulfilling careers in government and public policy. Through the support of the Initiative, students receive legal training and participate in experiential learning that positions them to confront the complex problems faced by lawyers in public service.

Summer Fellowships

The Initiative funds summer legal internships with federal, state, and local government agencies and public policy offices. Locations have included: New Jersey, New York, Hawaii, Connecticut, California, North Carolina, Washington State, and Illinois.

Policy Research Seminars

These seminars enable students to research and analyze current legal issues from a legislative, regulatory, or public policy perspective. In addition to traditional classroom study, students participate in field visits to conduct research and meet with policymakers and other experts. Recent seminars include “Policing and Policy Reform in 21st Century” by John Hollway and former Philadelphia Police Department Commissioner Charles Ramsey, “Urban Policy” by Wendell Pritchett, “Reforming the Administrative State” by Cary Coglianese, “National Security Law” by Claire Finkelstein, and “Intellectual Property” by David Abrams. Students in these seminars took trips to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Advancement Project, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Pentagon, and other government agencies and policy offices doing work in connection with the topic of each seminar.

Policy Fellows

Each year, senior government officials and policy practitioners come to the Law School to teach and interact with students. These fellows encourage students to consider public service careers while offering them practical knowledge of how the law intersects with different aspects of government. Recent Policy Fellows include Charles Ramsey, former Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department; Richard Cordray, the inaugural Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Nicole Isaac L’04, who previously worked in the White House, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Constitutional Court of South Africa; and Shira Perlmutter L’83, the Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office and the former Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Career Support

OCS and TPIC are committed to supporting students who seek government employment through programs and career counseling dedicated to the government service job search, including networking opportunities with government service lawyers. In addition, we provide dedicated and intensive government honors application support. Penn Carey Law graduates have recently received positions in the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program, the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General, prosecutor and public defender offices across the country, U.S. Attorneys’ offices, and the state and local government offices including the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Oregon Department of Justice, and the Philadelphia City Law Department.

Externship Travel

Outside of the pandemic, the Initiative supports student travel to government and public policy offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, and other cities outside of Philadelphia to pursue credit-bearing externships during the academic year. Recent externship placements have included the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

Postgraduate Fellowships

These fellowships are designed to prepare students to launch their careers in all levels and areas of government, whether immediately after graduation or later in their careers. Recent fellowship placements have included the Colorado District Attorney’s Office, the National Health Law Program, and the EEOC Office of Special Counsel.
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George Meggali L’19

Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program,
Washington, DC
“The Leo Model Initiative’s financial and career support for students interested in public service allowed me to pursue my dream internship at my home state’s U.S. Attorney’s Office during my 1L summer. That experience, among others facilitated by the Law School, put me on course to rewarding postgraduate placements at two federal agencies at the beginning of my legal career.”
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Frank Broomell L’19

Associate, Covington & Burling LLP,
Washington, DC
“The opportunity to extern at the National Security Division of the Department of Justice was one of the best parts of my time at Penn Carey Law. I was able to work with DOJ attorneys on pressing national security issues. As I sought to answer statutory and constitutional questions related to proposed government actions, the assignments I received challenged me to further hone my legal research and writing abilities. I was able to participate as part of the team and learn a little bit about what it’s like to be a government attorney.”

A Lasting Commitment to
Public Service Careers

Penn Carey Law is committed to helping students actualize their public interest goals. We provide strong guidance and generous support to students pursuing public interest careers, both during law school and after graduation.

TOLL PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARS AND FELLOWS PROGRAMS

These two rigorous programs are for select students committed to careers in public service. Through customized learning modules, participation in community-wide public interest events, mentoring, summer internships, and regular interaction with staff, faculty, students, and alumni, these programs facilitate the development of service-oriented leaders who are committed to utilizing their law degrees to foster justice and equity in the world. Toll Scholars receive full-tuition scholarships. Toll Fellows receive partial-tuition scholarships.

Guaranteed Summer Funding for Public Sector Internships

At Penn Carey Law, there are no financial barriers to taking unpaid summer internships in the public sector or pursuing public interest work anywhere in the world. The Law School has one of the leading summer internship funding programs in the nation. All eligible first- and second-year law students are guaranteed to receive funding for unpaid public interest summer internships.

Each year, close to 200 students take advantage of this opportunity. Over the last 10 years, the Law School’s guaranteed summer funding has supported substantive legal work done by students locally, nationally, and globally in over 1,600 unpaid public interest and government placements.

Postgraduate Fellowships

Penn Carey Law’s postgraduate fellowship program has been highly successful in launching the public interest careers of recent graduates. Since 2009, the Law School has supported over 60 fellows, and nearly all have either remained employed by their original host organization or secured public interest positions in the same field. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis.

Recent host organizations have included:

  • Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA
  • Human Rights First, New York, NY
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Tacoma, WA
  • Earthjustice, San Francisco, CA
  • Cook County Public Defender’s Office, Chicago, IL
  • National Health Law Program, Washington, DC

Toll Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Penn Carey Law supports the careers of alumni committed to public service through a generous loan forgiveness program. The Toll Loan Repayment Assistance Program (TolLRAP) enables students to pursue public interest careers without regard to indebtedness. The program provides direct financial assistance on an annual basis to assist graduates in making their monthly loan payments. The program also rewards graduates’ sustained service in public sector careers through the TolLRAP PLUS program.

Career Support

Penn Carey Law’s commitment to public interest lawyering is unsurpassed. In addition to the specialized counseling offered by the Law School’s careers office, TPIC leverages the support of faculty members and an extensive alumni network to prepare students for the highly competitive public interest marketplace. TPIC partners with the Office of Career Strategy to provide a postgraduate fellowship bootcamp for students applying for national fellowships and Penn Carey Law postgraduate fellowships, as well as substantial support for government honors programs and prosecution and public defender applications. Each year, our students secure coveted Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and other fellowships, along with competitive public interest placements at organizations across the country.
Nicolle Strand GR’12, L’13
Britney Wilson L’15

SERVICE ACROSS SECTORS

Penn Carey Law set NICOLLE STRAND L’13 MBE’12 on the path to a career that combines public service with life in academia. After graduating from Penn with a JD and a Masters in Bioethics, Strand joined the PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION FOR THE STUDY OF BIOETHICAL ISSUES under President Barack Obama, where she worked on issues at the intersection of law, policy, and science. After leaving the federal government, Strand returned to Philadelphia, where she is now Assistant Director for Research and an Assistant Professor at the CENTER FOR URBAN BIOETHICS at TEMPLE UNIVERSITY’S LEWIS KATZ SCHOOL OF MEDICINE. Day to day, she works to educate health professionals on bioethics and health policy, and also leads research projects on important issues like substance abuse and racial health disparities. Strand also serves the university community outside of her teaching and research, striving to improve patient care for queer individuals as the co-chair of Temple Health’s LGBTQ Alliance Task Force and reviewing the ethics of human subject-based research as a member of Temple’s Institutional Review board.
BRITNEY WILSON L’15 came to Penn Carey Law knowing she wanted to become a civil rights lawyer, and after graduation that’s exactly what she did. She began with a fellowship in the ACLU’s RACIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM, where she worked on issues like the school-to-prison pipeline, debtors’ prisons, and fair housing and lending. Afterward, Wilson completed another fellowship at the CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, focusing on issues of discriminatory policing, abusive immigration detention practices, and voting rights before becoming a staff attorney at the NATIONAL CENTER FOR LAW AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE. Today, she is Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic at New York Law School.

“Public service is part of my daily life,” she said. “Thanks to the guidance and support of Penn Carey Law faculty and staff, I’m proud to say that I’m a public interest attorney, fighting for social justice the way I’d always envisioned.”

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Community

Cohorts

During your first year at Penn Carey Law, you’ll learn the fundamentals of lawyering through the Legal Practice Skills course. You’ll take on the role of a lawyer solving problems for your client — identifying legal issues, investigating the facts, finding the relevant law, making strategic choices, and presenting analyses and solutions orally and in writing.

But your Legal Practice Skills course isn’t just an introduction to the profession of lawyering, it’s an introduction to life at Penn Carey Law. As part of the curriculum, you’ll be assigned to a cohort of 12 to 15 students who will share the same schedule of classes as you, participate in professionalism programming with you, and become your close colleagues as you progress through your first year. Your cohort is there to offer you support, advice, and community.

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Inclusive Excellence

The Office of Equity & Inclusion (E&I) partners with faculty, staff, alumni, students, and industry experts to cultivate inclusive excellence at Penn Carey Law. In addition, E&I collaborates with all community members to provide educational and training programs, workshops, and advising while also offering focused support to those from historically underrepresented groups.

For example, E&I has launched a Law and Inequality series. This series highlights work that advances equity and the law. The series, which begins at Orientation, features Law School faculty and alumni in conversation with student moderators on the substantive law and practice skills essential for effective advocacy on critical topics.

Students can get involved by applying to join E&I’s Student Advisory Board (SAB). Members of the SAB help advise E&I on programs and community-related matters to ensure that they meaningfully promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at Penn Carey Law, in the profession, and in our world.

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Philadelphia

We are a “City of Neighborhoods”

Philadelphia, the sixth-largest city in the United States, has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most livable cities in the country, a major urban center that has retained the feel of a “city of neighborhoods.” Whether you prefer the home-cooked Italian flavor of South Philly; the progressive political climate of Mt. Airy; the quirky, industrial culture of Northern Liberties; or the sophisticated, bustling nightlife of Rittenhouse Square and Old City; Philadelphia has a neighborhood that’s right for you. Be sure to venture out to explore the neighborhoods and get to know Philadelphia. With world-class museums, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and more than 10 professional sports teams in the area, there is always something to see or do. For a little fresh air, head to Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, one of the largest metropolitan parks in the nation, which offers plenty of scenic jogging, biking, and hiking trails. There’s even a wonderful path along the Schuylkill River from Center City, past the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row, perfect for jogging, biking, or a leisurely stroll.
Two women talking on a bench
A map of Philadelphia's common places and attractions

University City

Home to University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and University of the Sciences, it is easy to see how this Philadelphia neighborhood got its name. This part of town is an academic center full of restaurants, bars, cafés, a movie theatre, performance centers, sports, and art museums. Make sure to check out the cozy House of Our Own used bookshop on Spruce Street or the unique and international magazine selection at Avril 50, right across from Penn Carey Law’s Sansom entrance. Spend some time learning about ancient and modern civilizations at the Penn Museum on South Street or expand your mind with provocative contemporary art at the Institute of Contemporary Art on 36th Street.
View of Philadelphia brownstones

ON-CAMPUS

About 10% of the entering class chooses to live nearby in a furnished apartment in the Graduate Towers, known as Sansom Place — the on-campus living quarters for graduate and professional students.

Sansom Place is located at 36th and Chestnut Streets, just one block from the Law School. Sansom Place includes one-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom apartments, triple-bedroom apartments, and single rooms with a shared bathroom. All units are furnished.

Approximate Monthly Rent for Spring 2022:

Single Room (1BR/Shared Bath)
$1,079
Double (2BR/Kit/Bath)
$1,200
Triple (3BR/Kit/Bath)
$1,079
Single Apartment (1BR/LR/Kit/Bath)
$1,801
Graduate Plus Other (1 BR-Queen bed/LR/Kit/Bath)
$1,921
Please visit the housing section of the admitted students website (https://www.law.upenn.edu/admitted/jd/lifeatpenn/housing/) for further updates on room availability at Sansom Place East for the 2022 – 2023 academic year.

OFF-CAMPUS

A majority of 1Ls and most upper-class law students live off-campus, preferring to have more separation from the Law School, their own furnishings, and more opportunity to enjoy the city.

As you get started, it’s best to have a sense of which of Philly’s neighborhoods best suits your needs. If you can, visit and check out the areas for yourself.

Housing Search tools

We encourage you to visit the housing section of the admitted students website (https://www.law.upenn.edu/admitted/jd/lifeatpenn/housing/) for suggested housing and roommate search options, including a link to the Class of 2025 Facebook group, which is where the majority of our incoming 1Ls have found roommates in recent years.

Office of Off-Campus Services

The University of Pennsylvania Office of Off-Campus Services at 3702 Spruce Street will assist you at all stages of your off-campus living experience, from locating suitable housing, to finding roommates, to reviewing leases and assisting in landlord-tenant matters. You can access all of the office’s information, including an interactive housing search tool, online at www.upenn.edu/offcampusservices.

When you are in town, you can use the office as your base for your housing search. The user-friendly office has computer terminals for your searches and telephones to call and set up appointments.

AVAILABLE SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Interactive database of available rentals, updated daily, with several hundred available units at any given time. Listings include individual rental units (studios, one-, two-, three or more-bedroom apartments, and houses) furnished or unfurnished, as well as house share and sublet opportunities. Most of the rental listings are for University City and Center City areas. Suburban listings are also available. Available units can be either in high-rise or other types of apartment buildings, in converted University City Victorian homes, or Center City brownstones. You can run a customized search at www.upenn.edu/offcampusservices.
  • If you are looking for a roommate, whether you already have a place or not, you can use the roommate search service to reach out to other graduate students who are also looking to share an apartment.
  • The office maintains lists of apartment buildings and landlords/realtors for the main areas of the city, with contact information for each and links to websites, if available.
  • The office organizes an annual rental housing fair every spring, at which time students can become familiar with the many housing options available, meet landlords, tour properties, and make informed decisions about housing.
  • Consumer information about leases, landlord tenant law, housing code requirements, utilities, apartment rental costs, budgeting, safety, renter’s insurance, daycare and schools, transportation, temporary housing, finances, etc., is available in the office. All this information is also available online, under different menu options.
  • The office reviews leases and offers counseling to tenants who have lease questions or are involved in landlord/tenant disputes.
  • University of Pennsylvania students have access to University subsidized legal assistance in landlord and tenant matters. A referral from Office of Off-Campus Services must first be obtained.
For more information
Close view of Philadelphia park bench

Housing Search tools

We encourage you to visit the housing section of the admitted students website (https://www.law.upenn.edu/admitted/jd/lifeatpenn/housing/) for suggested housing and roommate search options, including a link to the Class of 2025 Facebook group, which is where the majority of our incoming 1Ls have found roommates in recent years.

Office of Off-Campus Services

The University of Pennsylvania Office of Off-Campus Services at 3702 Spruce Street will assist you at all stages of your off-campus living experience, from locating suitable housing, to finding roommates, to reviewing leases and assisting in landlord-tenant matters. You can access all of the office’s information, including an interactive housing search tool, online at www.upenn.edu/offcampusservices.

When you are in town, you can use the office as your base for your housing search. The user-friendly office has computer terminals for your searches and telephones to call and set up appointments.

AVAILABLE SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Interactive database of available rentals, updated daily, with several hundred available units at any given time. Listings include individual rental units (studios, one-, two-, three or more-bedroom apartments, and houses) furnished or unfurnished, as well as house share and sublet opportunities. Most of the rental listings are for University City and Center City areas. Suburban listings are also available. Available units can be either in high-rise or other types of apartment buildings, in converted University City Victorian homes, or Center City brownstones. You can run a customized search at www.upenn.edu/offcampusservices.
  • If you are looking for a roommate, whether you already have a place or not, you can use the roommate search service to reach out to other graduate students who are also looking to share an apartment.
  • The office maintains lists of apartment buildings and landlords/realtors for the main areas of the city, with contact information for each and links to websites, if available.
  • The office organizes an annual rental housing fair every spring, at which time students can become familiar with the many housing options available, meet landlords, tour properties, and make informed decisions about housing.
  • Consumer information about leases, landlord tenant law, housing code requirements, utilities, apartment rental costs, budgeting, safety, renter’s insurance, daycare and schools, transportation, temporary housing, finances, etc., is available in the office. All this information is also available online, under different menu options.
  • The office reviews leases and offers counseling to tenants who have lease questions or are involved in landlord/tenant disputes.
  • University of Pennsylvania students have access to University subsidized legal assistance in landlord and tenant matters. A referral from Office of Off-Campus Services must first be obtained.
For more information

FIND TIME TO GO OUT AND
ENJOY PHILLY

PHILADELPHIA IS ALSO A GREAT PLACE TO PLAY

The city has some of the most well-reviewed restaurants in the nation featuring world-renowned chefs. Rittenhouse Square is a great place to spend a beautiful afternoon, and its cafés are fabulous for people-watching over an evening cocktail. Old City is one of Philly’s hot spots, with great restaurants, bars, and clubs. Don’t miss out on “First Friday,” the first Friday of every month on which Old City’s numerous art galleries throw opening parties in the evening and whose crowds spill out into the streets. Follow any night out with a late-night visit to Pat’s or Geno’s at 9th and Passyunk in South Philly. These two famous cheesesteak places are open 24 hours (closed major holidays). Be sure to explore every neighborhood’s local gems, such as Frankford Hall or Johnny Brenda’s in Northern Liberties or Pizzeria Vetri in Fairmount. And don’t forget our Sansom Street restaurants located right across from the main entrance of the Law School.

Philadelphia is one of the world’s most exciting cities — which may be why National Geographic named Philadelphia the “Next Great City” in the past and one of the best trips to take in 2021. Whether you’re here for just three years or for your entire life, make sure to take advantage of everything the city has to offer.

There are countless things to do and places to go in Philly!
Philadelphia is consistently rated as one of the best restaurant cities in the country, and bars, concerts, and cultural and sporting events are plentiful. Penn Carey Law students, particularly in their 2nd and 3rd years, take full advantage of all the city has to offer.

GETTING AROUND

For more detailed information, see https://www.upenn.edu/transportation/
For those of you coming from a city like New York or Los Angeles, the size of Philadelphia will seem rather modest in comparison. Learning to get around will be easy. For the rest of you coming from suburban and rural areas, you will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you attain your newfound mastery of the Philly transportation network. It’s easy without a car, so you might want to consider not bringing one to law school. (Car insurance is expensive in Philadelphia, as is parking.)

Walking

If you are lucky to live within walking distance from the Law School, as most students do, take advantage! Walking one mile at a fairly brisk pace will take about 20 minutes, and it’s a great way to get your daily exercise in.

Biking

The larger streets in Philadelphia have good, spacious bike lanes, and many Penn Carey Law students take advantage. One piece of indispensable advice: you need a high quality U-lock to protect your bike and a helmet, too! In September 2009, the City launched an “expressway” for bicyclists from river to river, eastbound on Pine Street and westbound on Spruce Street. (We’re only four blocks from the Schuylkill River.)

In Spring 2015, the city of Philadelphia launched a bike share program called Indego Bike Share. It is an inexpensive and convenient way to get around the city. Visit http://www.rideindego.com for further information.

You can also register your bike with Penn Police which will increase the chances of recovery should your bike ever be lost or stolen (https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/property-registration-2/).

Cabs

Taxis in Philadelphia aren’t too expensive and should be easy to find along the main thoroughfares of Chestnut and Walnut streets. If you want to “guarantee” a cab, just go nearby to the Sheraton Hotel at 36th and Chestnut, the Inn at Penn at 37th and Sansom, or near UPENN Hospital at 34th and Spruce. A one-way ride to Center City (depending on your destination) will run around $5–$9. When it’s late at night and you are out of the bounds of the Penn Escort Service, a taxi is definitely your best option. Taxis run on a meter system, except from the airport where they charge a flat fee of around $28.

Subway/Trolley

Most students who ride the subway take the Blue Line (also known as the Market Frankford line, MFL, or just the El), which runs east-west (all the way from beyond 2nd & Market to 69th & Market). During rush hour, there’s a train every five minutes or so. At other times, the intervals range up to 10–15 minutes between trains.

Trolleys go right to 36th & Sansom Street. They are small — almost bus-like — and you must board the trolley immediately or they will take off without you.

Each ride costs a flat fee of $2.50 (if you pay by cash) or $2.00 (if you buy a Septa Key Card and add money to the Travel Wallet ahead of time). A weekly transpass costs $25.50, and a monthly costs $96. Alternatively, Penn students can also purchase a Penn Pass that’s good on SEPTA subway/trolley/buses for one semester, which gives unlimited rides within the City of Philadelphia as well as rides on the R1 line to the airport.

For more information about public transportation, see http://www.septa.org/.

Bus

Buses are the same price as the subway and trolley and also accept SEPTA Key Cards and the Penn Pass. Buses 21 and 42 head westward (from Center City towards West Philadelphia) on Walnut Street and head eastward (from West Philadelphia towards Center City) on Chestnut Street. While convenient, the bus system is not as reliable or punctual as the subway.

See http://www.septa.org/.

Car-Sharing Services

Philadelphia has two options for those interested in the convenience of being able to rent a car for a few hours to make supermarket and IKEA runs or the random day-trip. Enterprise CarShare has the most locations/vehicles around the city. ZipCar also has a presence in Philadelphia.

See https://www.enterprise.com/en/home.html.

See also http://www.zipcar.com/.

Penn Shuttle Services (FREE!)

Various shuttle vehicles provide transportation to and from Campus Transit Stops throughout Center City and West Philadelphia, within defined boundaries. Students generally wait for the shuttle to campus for around 5–20 minutes. Penn Shuttle provides “to door” transportation off campus within Penn Transit’s service area every day of the week between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. (The E shuttle is 12:00 a.m.–3 a.m. during the week, 6 p.m.–3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday). There are three different Penn Shuttle routes: East, West, and Xtra. You can tell which route a Penn Shuttle is driving by the lit-up “E,” “W,” or “X” on top of the van. From 3 a.m.–7 a.m. a limited on-call service is available. For more information and schedules, please visit http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/transportation/.

Penn Bus Services (FREE!)

The Penn Bus East is an evening bus service that runs Monday through Friday between 5 p.m. and midnight, serving Center City (along Chestnut Street, 23rd Street, South Street, 20th Street, and Walnut Street). The Penn Bus West is an evening bus service that runs Monday through Friday between 5 p.m. and midnight, serving West Philadelphia (along Baltimore Avenue, Springfield Avenue, 48th Street, Pine Street, Locust Street, and Spruce Street). Both Penn Bus East and Penn Bus West operate on a fixed schedule and established route. They do not deviate from that route, but will pick up and deliver passengers at designated stops on campus and at any corner off campus along the route. For more information and schedules, please visit https://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/transportation/live-maps/interactive-map.html.

LUCY (FREE!)

LUCY (Loop through University City) offers free transportation through University City serving 30th Street Station, the University of Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas for riders holding a valid PennCard. LUCY runs every 12–35 minutes, Monday through Friday from 6:10 a.m.–7:00 p.m., except major holidays. http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/transportation/
A line of bicycles in front of brownstones
Sidewalk view down busy Walnut Street

Trips out of town

Convenient transportation is available if you want to enjoy other cities and destinations:

Amtrak:

Only four blocks away at 30th Street, trains run on a regular basis. New York City is only one hour and 20 minutes away and Washington, D.C., is two hours away.

Philadelphia Boltbus and Megabus:

Located at 30th Street, along the north side of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, the Boltbus and Megabus offer an inexpensive way to get to New York City, Washington, D.C., or Boston. Buses also feature wireless internet and outlets.

Greyhound:

Greyhound also offers various destinations from its Philadelphia headquarters at 1001 Filbert Street.

Septa Commuter Trains:

SEPTA offers many trains to the Philadelphia suburbs and a line to Trenton, NJ, where you can catch either Amtrak or NJ Transit (much less expensive) to New York City.

Patco:

Patco is the commuter line to New Jersey that runs frequently and on-time.

Health and Wellness

Where can I work out?

From enjoying the great outdoors, to brushing up on your backhand, to yoga classes, Penn’s campus offers a diversity of places to get a good workout.

GYMS

Pottruck Center at 3701 Walnut Street is the largest facility and has a full-service gym with a pool, fitness classes, a climbing wall, a fitness center, locker rooms, a sauna, and more!

Fox Fitness is at 219 S. 33rd Street and contains a fitness center, squash courts, and lockers.

More details about amenities, classes, and memberships are available at https://recreation.upenn.edu/.

Tennis and squash courts

Hecht Tennis Center facility at 240 S. 31st Street, near Penn Park, has eight indoor courts and is open daily.

Located at 3701 Walnut Street in Penn Park, Hamlin Tennis Courts are open daily and have great views of the city.

Penn Squash Center is at 219 S. 33rd Street, across from Penn Park. These courts are run separately from the gym and fitness complex and require separate membership; details can be found at https://pennracquetsports.com/

Outdoor running and biking

Over 30 miles of Schuylkill River Trail that runs along the Schuylkill River from Center City through Valley Forge National Historical Park in Montgomery County is great for getting some fresh air. The trail passes Manayunk (a great place for brunch) and leads to the park’s Betzwood Picnic Area.

For more information about public parks and outdoor spaces, including the Schuylkill River Trail, visit https://www.visitphilly.com.

Student fitness groups

There’s a group for every sporting interest at Penn Carey Law, including a boxing group, running club, bowling league, flag football league, basketball league, soccer club, and ice hockey team. Look out for information on these groups in the Law School’s daily email notices, On the Docket, or at the student group fair in the fall.
Midday Philadelphia skyline

Are there wellness programs?

You will find many services, both at the Law School and on Penn’s wider campus, that are devoted to positive mental health and wellbeing.

University services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS is the university’s counseling center. It offers free and confidential services to all Penn students and helps them adjust to university life, manage personal and situational challenges, develop coping strategies, and grow personally and professionally. Find out more about CAPS at https://caps.wellness.upenn.edu/.
Student Health Services
Offering a full menu of health services, you will also find the Peace of Mind in Stressful Times Program at Student Health Services. It consists of confidential, individualized stress reduction to students who might be feeling overwhelmed by daily pressures or who are interested in exploring alternative approaches for coping with stress. Students can develop personalized plans of action and learn self-care methods, such as mindful breathing and guided imagery, self-massage, qigong, and other mind/body techniques. To get more information go to https://www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs/.

Law School services

Mental Health
The Law School hosts an on-site CAPS counselor twice a week to provide initial consultation, support, short-term counseling, and referral services. Students can sign up for appointments or just stop by during open office hours.
Wellness Programming
Student Affairs offers community-wide programming throughout the year to help strengthen students’ financial, physical, and mental wellness. Frequent programs include nutrition and healthy sleep workshops, yoga and cardio workout classes, and cognitive behavioral therapy sessions.
The Clinton/Parker Wellness Suite
Students have their own designated spaces to relax and recharge. In 2019, the Law School opened the Clinton/Parker Wellness Suite. These two new spaces include a small workshop space to host wellness programs and a comfortable living room space designed for relaxation. The living room features a large-screen multi-player video game console, comfy chairs and sofas, and a kitchenette.

The Clinton/Parker Wellness Suite is named after two beloved members of the Penn Carey Law community who made student well-being the cornerstone of their work in the Law School. In 2017, the Dean of Students, Gary Clinton, was due to retire and the graduating JD class wanted to pay homage to him by naming the Wellness Suite after him. That same year, when the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Matthew Parker L’00 EdD’15 passed away, the LLM Class took up a contribution to add his name to the suite. The Clinton/Parker Wellness Suite recognizes the energy Clinton and Parker dedicated to student welfare by providing a space for students to give attention to their own well-being. You will find the Clinton/Parker Wellness Suite on the Law School campus in the Silverman Ground Floor.

The

JD Curriculum

The Juris Doctor degree requirements at Penn Carey 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. Our rich and diverse curriculum provides 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. Here, to give you a better sense of the breadth of the curriculum, is a listing of courses taught in recent semesters. Note that, because our faculty are engaged in cutting-edge scholarship in all fields, our course and semester roster changes frequently, and we cannot guarantee that any given course will be taught in any specific semester.

COURSE LISTING

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND Regulatory Law

Accountability in Government Service
Administrative Advocacy
Administrative Law
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Antitrust
Antitrust: Mergers, IP, and Vertical Restraints
Artificial Intelligence Law
Bankruptcy
Civil Practice Clinic
Conflict of Laws
Constitutional Litigation
Cultural Heritage & the Law
Disability Justice
Empirical Social Science Research and the Law
Energy Law and Climate Change
Environmental Law
Financial Regulation
First Amendment in the 21st Century
Gaming Law
Health Care Fraud: Investigation and Prosecution
Health Law and Policy
Immigration Law
Insurance Law
International Trade Regulation
Internet Law
Intro to Law and Economics
Labor Law
Land Use Law
Law and Candidacy
Law and Commerce in American History
Law and Society in Japan
Local Government Law
Money Laundering
Non-Profit Organizations Law, Governance, and Ethics
Oil and Gas Law
Pharmaceutical Regulation and Enforcement
Public Corruption and the Law
Refugee Law
Regulatory Law and Policy
Remedies
SEC Enforcement
Securities Regulation: Law and Policy Seminar
Sports as Legal Systems
Torts

BUSINESS AND transactional law

Accounting
Advanced Legal Research II: Transactional Corporate
Advanced Fundamentals for Corporate Lawyers
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Antitrust
Bank Risk Management
Bankruptcy
Bok Course: Corporate Scandals
Broker-Dealer Law
Business Management
Bok Course: The Export of UCC Article 9
Commercial Finance
Commercial Litigation Strategy
Community and Economic Development
Conflict of Laws
Consumer Law
Contract Drafting
Contracts
Corporate Finance
Corporate Governance, Ethics, and Compliance
Corporate and M&A Litigation
Corporate Reorganization
Corporate Restructuring
Corporate Taxation
Corporations
Cross-Border M&A
Creative Disruption: Harnessing Entrepreneurship
Crisis Management
Deals: Economic Structure of Transactions & Contracting
Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic
Economic and Behavioral Analysis of Contract Law
Empirical Approaches to Contract Law
Entertainment Law
Entertainment Law Transactions
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Fashion Law
Federal Income Tax
Finance, Economics, and the Law of Fiscal Crises
FinTech Challenge
Financial Regulation
Great Cases in Modern Delaware Corporate Law
History and Theory of Contract Law
In-House Counsel/Corporate Generalist
Insurance Law and Policy
Intellectual Property & Corporate Lawyering
International Bankruptcy
International Business Negotiations
International Business Transactions
International Law
Islamic Finance
Land Use Law
Law and Commerce in American History
Law and Economics
Legal Drafting for Investment Management
M&A Bootcamp
M&A Litigation Seminar
M&A Through the Business Cycle
Mergers and Acquisitions
Money Laundering
Negotiations and Drafting in the Entertainment Business
Negotiations Bootcamp
Partnership Tax
Private Investment Funds
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Transactions
Regulatory Law and Policy
SEC Enforcement
Securities Bootcamp
Securities Regulation: Law and Policy
Shareholder Activism
Strategic Equity
Strategic Transactions in the Fashion & Retail Industry
Structured Finance and Securitization
Topics in Law and Finance
Trade Secrets
Transactional Approach to M&A
Transactional Drafting
Transactional Drafting Bootcamp
Transactional Practice: Joint Ventures
VC Bootcamp
White Collar Crime

Clinical, Practitioner Skills, and Externships

Advanced Legal Research
Advanced Legal Research II: Human Rights
Advanced Legal Research II: International
Advanced Legal Research II: Litigation Research
Advanced Legal Research II: Transactional Corporate
Advanced Persuasive Legal Writing
Advanced Writing: Federal Litigation
Appellate Advocacy
Appellate Advocacy Clinic
Army War College: International Strategic Negotiations
Business Management for Lawyers
Civil Practice Clinic: Fieldwork
Contract Drafting
Criminal Defense Clinic
Death Penalty in U.S.: Theory & Practice
Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic
Discovery Methods
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Externship: Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
Externship: City of Philadelphia Law Department
Externship: Community Legal Services
Externship: Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance
Externship: Conviction Integrity Unit
Externship: District Attorney’s Office – Philadelphia
Externship: Environmental Protection Agency
Externship: Federal Appellate Litigation
Externship: Federal Defender Death Penalty & Trial Unit
Externship: Lerner Child Welfare Policy
Externship: Penn Office of Audit, Compliance, & Privacy
Externship: Penn Office of General Counsel
Externship: Pennsylvania Innocence Project
Externship: Philadelphia Legal Assistance Unemployment Compensation Unit
Externship: Public Interest Law Center
Externship: Senior Law Center
Externship: U.S. Attorney’s Office – Civil and Criminal Division
Externship: U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Externship: Women’s Law Project
In-House Counsel/Corporate Generalist
Innovation in Practice
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
Keedy Cup Preliminaries
Legal Communication Workshop
Legal Interviewing and Client Counseling
Legal Practice Skills
Legislative Clinic
Mediation Clinic
Mediation Theory and Skills
Negotiations Bootcamp
Oral Advocacy
Public Speaking for Lawyers
Remedies
Research in Foreign and International Law
Strategic Transactions in the Fashion & Retail Industry
Thinking Like a Litigator
Trade Secrets
Transnational Legal Clinic
Trial Advocacy
Venture Capitol Bootcamp
Writing for Practice

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, Civil Rights, and civil liberties

Administrative Law
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Antidicrimination Law
Appellate Advocacy
Church and State
Community and Economic Development
Comparative Constitutional Law
Conflict of Laws
Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Constitutional Interpretation
Constitutional Law
Constitutional Litigation
Conviction Integrity: Errors in Criminal Justice
Cybercrime
Death Penalty in U.S.: Theory & Practice
Disability Justice
Discrimination in Education
Election Law
Empirical Social Science Research and the Law
Employment Discrimination
Family Law
Federal Courts
Federal Habeas Corpus
Federal Indian Law
Feminist Legal Advocacy in the 20th Century
First Amendment
First Amendment in the 21st Century
Framing of the Constitution
Freedom Suits in Free States: Pennsylvania
Higher Education Law and Policy
History of Privacy and the Law
Immigration Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Juvenile Justice Seminar
Land Use Law
Law and Candidacy
Law and Sexuality
Law and Society in Japan
Local Government Law
Mental Health Law
National Security Law
Oil and Gas Law
Political Authority and Political Obligation
Political Philosophy of the Founders
Public Corruption and the Law
Regulatory Law and Policy
Remedies
Reproductive Rights and Justice
Right of Publicity
Right to Counsel
State Constitutional Law
Social Media Law
Thinking Like a Litigator
Topics in Defamation
Voting Rights Seminar

Courts and the Administration of Justice

Accountability in Government Service
Advanced Legal Research II: Litigation Research
Advanced Writing & Practice: Federal Civil Litigation
Advanced Problems in Federal Procedure
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Antidiscrimination Law
Appellate Advocacy
Bankruptcy
Black Lives Matter in Historical Perspective
Civil Practice Clinic: Fieldwork
Civil Procedure
Commercial Finance
Complex Litigation
Conflict of Laws
Conservative Political and Legal Thought
Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Constitutional Litigation
Criminal Defense Clinic
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure: Prosecution and Adjudication
Cybercrime
Death Penalty in U.S.: Theory & Practice Discrimination in Education
Evidence
Externship: Federal Appellate Litigation
Externship: Federal Defender Death Penalty
Externship: U.S. Attorney’s Office – Civil and Criminal Division
Federal Courts
Federal Courts
Federal Indian Law
Federal Prosecution in Practice
Insurance Law and Policy
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
International Business Transactions
International Law
Judicial Clerkship Seminar
Judicial Decision-Making
Juvenile Justice Seminar
Law Reform Litigation
Law and Society in Japan
Legislation
Legislative Clinic
Litigation for Social Change
Mediation Clinic
Private Action: Antitrust, RICO, & the Class Action
Recurring Issues in Complex Litigation
Refugee Law
Remedies
Remedies and Litigation Strategy
Right to Counsel
SEC Enforcement
Strategic Lawyering for Social Justice
Tort Theory
Torts
Transnational Governance of Courts
Transnational Legal Clinic
Trial Advocacy

Criminal Law and Procedure

American Criminal Law: Evolution and Application
Appellate Advocacy
Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Conviction Integrity
Corporate Governance, Ethics, and Compliance
Corruption, Fraud, and Corporate Crimes
Criminal Defense Clinic
Criminal Law
Criminal Law Foundations and Policy
Criminal Law Theory Seminar
Criminal Law Theory Seminar
Criminal Procedure: Prosecution and Adjudication
Cybercrime
Death Penalty in U.S.: Theory & Practice
Development and Diversity of American Criminal Law
Empirical Social Science Research and the Law
Evidence
Externship: District Attorney’s Office – Philadelphia
Externship: Women’s Law Project
Federal Habeas Corpus
Federal Prosecution in Practice
Freedom, Responsibility and Neuroscience
General Counsel
Health Care Fraud: Investigation and Prosecution
Intro to Law and Economics
Investigating and Prosecuting National Security Matters
Judicial Clerkship Seminar
Juvenile Justice Seminar
Law of Investigations
Money Laundering
National Security Law
Policing and Policy Reform in the 21st Century
Public Corruption and the Law
Right to Counsel
Sentencing
Trade Secrets
Visual Legal Advocacy
White Collar Crime

Employment Law and Employee Benefits

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Employee Benefits
Employment Discrimination
Employment Law
Federal Income Taxation
Feminist Legal Advocacy in 20th Century
In-House Counsel/Corporate Generalist
Intro to Law and Economics
Labor Law
Regulatory Law and Policy
Remedies
Social Media Law
Trade Secrets
Workplace Equality

Environmental and Natural Resource Law

Administrative Law
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Animal Law and Ethics
Climate Change and the Energy Evolution
Energy Law and Climate Change
Environmental Law
Intro to Law and Economics
Land Use Law
Law and Society in Japan
Oil and Gas Law
Public Corporation Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Initiatives
Regulatory Law and Policy

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Antidiscrimination Law
Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Disability Law
Discrimination in Education
Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Employment Discrimination
Equity & Justice Lab: Public Interest Capstone
Family Law
Feminist Legal Advocacy in the 20th Century
Gender and the Law
Immigration Law
Intro to U.S. Privacy Law: the Lens of Race
Land Use Law
Law and Candidacy
Law and Inequality
Law and Sexuality
Law, Technology, and Access to Justice
Reproductive Rights and Justice
Torts
Leading Social Change
Litigation for Social Change
Local Government Law
Policy Lab: AI and Implicit Bias
Power, Injustice, and Change in America
Strategic Lawyering for Social Justice
Women, Law, and Leadership
Workplace Equality
Land Use Law
Law and Candidacy
Law and Inequality
Law and Sexuality
Law, Technology, and Access to Justice
Leading Social Change
Litigation for Social Change
Local Government Law
Policy Lab: AI and Implicit Bias
Power, Injustice, and Change in America
Strategic Lawyering for Social Justice
Workplace Equality

Family Law

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Anatomy of a Divorce
Externship: Lerner Child Welfare Policy
Family Law
Federal Income Taxation
Feminist Legal Advocacy in 20th Century
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Law and Family
Intro to Law and Economics
Juvenile Justice Seminar
Reproductive Rights and Justice

Health Law

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Animal Law and Ethics
Comparative Health Systems and Law
Disability Justice
Drug Product Liability Litigation
Empirical Social Science Research and the Law
Externship: Lerner Child Welfare Policy
FDA Law and Policy
Federal Income Taxation
Freedom, Responsibility, and Neuroscience
Health Care Financing
Health Care Fraud: Investigation and Prosecution
Health Law and Policy
Health Policy Regulation and Reform
Insurance Law and Policy
Intellectual Property and National Economic Value Creation
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
Mental Health Law
Patent Law
Pharmaceutical Regulation and Enforcement
Plagues, Pandemics, and Public Health
Regulatory Law and Policy
Reproductive Rights and Justice
Torts

Intellectual Property and Technology Law

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Advanced Topics in Technology and Policy
Analytical Methods
Artificial Intelligence Law
Blockchain and the Law
Copyright
Cultural Heritage & the Law
Cybercrime
Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic
Entertainment Law
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Fashion Law
Federal Income Taxation
FinTech Challenge
First Amendment in the 21st Century
GRS: Robot Revolution: Legal, Ethical and Policy Challenges of Robotics in the US and Japan
Intellectual Property & Corporate Lawyering
Intellectual Property Transactions
Intellectual Property and National Economic Value
Intellectual Property Scholarship
International Business Transactions
Internet Law
Intro to Intellectual Property Law and Policy
Intro to Law and Economics
Law of Autonomous Vehicles
Law, Technology, and Access to Justice
Lawyering and Technology
Patent Law
Patent Law – Appellate Advocacy
Patent Litigation
Policy Lab: AI and Implicit Bias
Privacy
Regulatory Law and Policy
Social Media Law
Strategic Transactions in the Fashion & Retail Industry
Trade Secrets
Trademarks

International Corporate and Trade Law

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
China and International Law
Corporate Governance, Ethics, and Compliance
Cross-Border M&A
European Union Law
Federal Income Taxation
History of International Investment Law
International Bankruptcy
International Business Negotiations
International Law
International Trade Regulation
Intro to Law and Economics
Litigation for Social Change
Refugee Law
Trade Secrets
Transnational Legal Clinic

International Law, Human Rights, and Immigration

Advanced Legal Research II: Human Rights
Advanced Legal Research II: International
Army War College: International Strategic Negotiations
Bok Course: International Criminal Court and Africa
Bok Course: China and International Law
Bok Course: International Law and Pandemics
Borders and Boundaries in International Relations
Chinese Law
Comparative Corporate Governance
Comparative Law: Intro to the Civil Law Systems
Crimmigration
European Union Law
Foreign Affairs, Law, and the Executive Branch
Immigration Federalism
Immigration Law
Intellectual Property and National Economic Value Creation
Intelligence Law Seminar
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
International Arbitration
International Business Transactions
International Human Rights and National Security
International Human Rights: Current Topics
International Investment Arbitration
International Law
International Law and International Relations
International Privacy Law
International Trade Regulation
International Women’s Rights
International Women’s Human Rights
Islamic Finance
Jewish Law
Law and Morality of War
Law and Society in Japan
Litigating Across Borders
National Security Law
Refugee Law
Research in Foreign and International Law
Transnational Governance of Courts
Transnational Legal Clinic

Perspectives on the Law

Advanced Legal Research
Analytical Methods
Animal Law and Ethics
Appellate Advocacy
Borders and Boundaries in International Relations
Community and Economic Development
Comparative Health Systems and Law
Conservative Political and Legal Thought
Cultural Heritage & the Law
Discrimination in Education
Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Employment Discrimination
Family Law
Feminist Legal Advocacy in the 20th Century
Freedom, Responsibility, and Neuroscience
Gender and the Law
History and Theory of Contract Law
History of Privacy and the Law
Immigration Law
Innovation in Practice
Intellectual Property & Corporate Lawyering
Intellectual Property and National Economic Value Creation
International Law
International Trade Regulation
Intro to Intellectual Property Law and Policy
Intro to Law and Economics
Intro to Philosophy of Law
Intro to U.S. Privacy Law: the Lens of Race
Jewish Law
Juvenile Justice Seminar
Law and Commerce in American History
Law and Inequality
Law Firm Management in the New Normal
Law and Society in Japan
Leadership in Law
Legal Logic to Win at Daily Life
Litigation for Social Change
Political Authority and Political Obligation
Political Philosophy of the Founders
Positive Psychology in Legal Practice
Power, Injustice, and Change in America
Psychology of Legal Decision-Making
Public Corruption and the Law
Reproductive Rights and Justice
SEC Enforcement
Tort Theory
Torts
Trade Secrets
Visual Legal Advocacy
What Perplexes Lawyers and Why
Writing About the Law

Professional Responsibility and Ethics

Advanced Writing: Federal Litigation
Appellate Advocacy
Civil Practice Clinic: Fieldwork
Civil Procedure
Commercial Finance
Contract Drafting
Corporate Governance, Ethics, and Compliance
Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic
E-Discovery
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Ethical Leadership for Lawyers
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
International Business Transactions
JD/MBA Capstone Seminar
Judicial Clerkship Seminar
Legislative Clinic
M&A Litigation Seminar
Professional Responsibility for Corporate and Securities Lawyers
Professional Responsibility for Prosecutors and Defenders
Professional Responsibility: Traversing the Ethical Minefield
Professional Responsibility
Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Practice
Public Corruption and the Law
Social Media Law
Thinking Like a Litigator
Trade Secrets
Transnational Legal Clinic

Property and Real Estate Law

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Community and Economic Development
Deals: Economic Structure of Transactions & Contracting
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Federal Income Taxation
Intro to Law and Economics
Land Use Law
Local Government Law
Oil and Gas Law
Practice of Land Use Law
Property
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Transactions
Regulatory Law and Policy
Remedies
Transactional Law Bootcamp

Public Interest Law

Access to Justice in the Civil Courts Seminar
Administrative Law
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Advanced Torts
Antidiscrimination Law
Civil Practice Clinic: Fieldwork
Constitutional Litigation
Disability Justice
Discrimination in Education
Employment Discrimination
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Equity, Equality, and Inclusion
Externship: Community Legal Services
Externship: Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance
Externship: Federal Appellate Litigation
Feminist Legal Advocacy in the 20th Century
Immigration Law
International Human Rights Post 9/11
Law and Candidacy
Law Reform Litigation
Legislative Clinic
Local Government Law
Power and Privilege in Public Service
Power, Injustice, and Change in America
Public Corruption and the Law
Regulatory Law and Policy Seminar
Reproductive Rights and Justice
Strategic Lawyering for Social Justice
Transnational Legal Clinic
Visual Legal Advocacy
Voting Rights Seminar

Tax, Business Planning and Estate Planning

Analytical Methods
Corporate Taxation
Employee Benefits
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Federal Income Tax
Gift and Estate Tax in Practice
International Bankruptcy
International Business Transactions
International Tax
Intro to Law and Economics
Intro to Partnership Tax
Public Interest Law & Entrepreneurship
Structured Finance and Securitization
Structuring Venture Capital
Tax Policy Seminar
Trusts and Estates

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND Regulatory Law

Accountability in Government Service
Administrative Advocacy
Administrative Law
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Antitrust
Antitrust: Mergers, IP, and Vertical Restraints
Artificial Intelligence Law
Bankruptcy
Civil Practice Clinic
Conflict of Laws
Constitutional Litigation
Cultural Heritage & the Law
Disability Justice
Empirical Social Science Research and the Law
Energy Law and Climate Change
Environmental Law
Financial Regulation
First Amendment in the 21st Century
Gaming Law
Health Care Fraud: Investigation and Prosecution
Health Law and Policy
Immigration Law
Insurance Law
International Trade Regulation
Internet Law
Intro to Law and Economics
Labor Law
Land Use Law
Law and Candidacy
Law and Commerce in American History
Law and Society in Japan
Local Government Law
Money Laundering
Non-Profit Organizations Law, Governance, and Ethics
Oil and Gas Law
Pharmaceutical Regulation and Enforcement
Public Corruption and the Law
Refugee Law
Regulatory Law and Policy
Remedies
SEC Enforcement
Securities Regulation: Law and Policy Seminar
Sports as Legal Systems
Torts

BUSINESS AND transactional law

Accounting
Advanced Legal Research II: Transactional Corporate
Advanced Fundamentals for Corporate Lawyers
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Antitrust
Bank Risk Management
Bankruptcy
Bok Course: Corporate Scandals
Broker-Dealer Law
Business Management
Bok Course: The Export of UCC Article 9
Commercial Finance
Commercial Litigation Strategy
Community and Economic Development
Conflict of Laws
Consumer Law
Contract Drafting
Contracts
Corporate Finance
Corporate Governance, Ethics, and Compliance
Corporate and M&A Litigation
Corporate Governance: Theory and Practice
Corporate Reorganization
Corporate Restructuring
Corporate Taxation
Corporations
Cross-Border M&A
Creative Disruption: Harnessing Entrepreneurship
Crisis Management
Deals: Economic Structure of Transactions & Contracting
Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic
Economic and Behavioral Analysis of Contract Law
Empirical Approaches to Contract Law
Entertainment Law
Entertainment Law Transactions
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Fashion Law
Federal Income Tax
Finance, Economics, and the Law of Fiscal Crises
FinTech Challenge
Financial Regulation
Future of Finance
General Counsel
Great Cases in Modern Delaware Corporate Law
History and Theory of Contract Law
In-House Counsel/Corporate Generalist
Insurance Law and Policy
Intellectual Property & Corporate Lawyering
International Bankruptcy
International Business Negotiations
International Business Transactions
International Law
Islamic Finance
Land Use Law
Law and Commerce in American History
Law and Economics
Legal Drafting for Investment Management
M&A Bootcamp
M&A Litigation Seminar
M&A Through the Business Cycle
Mergers and Acquisitions
Money Laundering
Negotiations and Drafting in the Entertainment Business
Negotiations Bootcamp
Partnership Tax
Private Investment Funds
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Transactions
Regulatory Law and Policy
SEC Enforcement
Securities Bootcamp
Securities Regulation: Law and Policy
Shareholder Activism
Strategic Equity
Strategic Transactions in the Fashion & Retail Industry
Structured Finance and Securitization
Topics in Law and Finance
Trade Secrets
Transactional Approach to M&A
Transactional Drafting
Transactional Drafting Bootcamp
Transactional Practice: Joint Ventures
VC Bootcamp
White Collar Crime

Clinical, Practitioner Skills, and Externships

Advanced Legal Research
Advanced Legal Research II: Human Rights
Advanced Legal Research II: International
Advanced Legal Research II: Litigation Research
Advanced Legal Research II: Transactional Corporate
Advanced Persuasive Legal Writing
Advanced Writing: Federal Litigation
Appellate Advocacy
Appellate Advocacy Clinic
Army War College: International Strategic Negotiations
Business Management for Lawyers
Civil Practice Clinic: Fieldwork
Contract Drafting
Criminal Defense Clinic
Death Penalty in U.S.: Theory & Practice
Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic
Discovery Methods
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Externship: Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
Externship: City of Philadelphia Law Department
Externship: Community Legal Services
Externship: Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance
Externship: Conviction Integrity Unit
Externship: District Attorney’s Office – Philadelphia
Externship: Environmental Protection Agency
Externship: Federal Appellate Litigation
Externship: Federal Defender Death Penalty & Trial Unit
Externship: Lerner Child Welfare Policy
Externship: Penn Office of Audit, Compliance, & Privacy
Externship: Penn Office of General Counsel
Externship: Pennsylvania Innocence Project
Externship: Philadelphia Legal Assistance Unemployment Compensation Unit
Externship: Public Interest Law Center
Externship: Senior Law Center
Externship: U.S. Attorney’s Office – Civil and Criminal Division
Externship: U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Externship: Women’s Law Project
In-House Counsel/Corporate Generalist
Innovation in Practice
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
Keedy Cup Preliminaries
Legal Communication Workshop
Legal Interviewing and Client Counseling
Legal Practice Skills
Legislative Clinic
Mediation Clinic
Mediation Theory and Skills
Negotiations Bootcamp
Oral Advocacy
Public Speaking for Lawyers
Remedies
Research in Foreign and International Law
Strategic Transactions in the Fashion & Retail Industry
Thinking Like a Litigator
Trade Secrets
Transnational Legal Clinic
Trial Advocacy
Venture Capitol Bootcamp
Writing for Practice

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, Civil Rights, and civil liberties

Administrative Law
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Antidicrimination Law
Appellate Advocacy
Church and State
Community and Economic Development
Comparative Constitutional Law
Conflict of Laws
Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Constitutional Interpretation
Constitutional Law
Constitutional Litigation
Conviction Integrity: Errors in Criminal Justice
Cybercrime
Death Penalty in U.S.: Theory & Practice
Disability Justice
Discrimination in Education
Election Law
Empirical Social Science Research and the Law
Employment Discrimination
Family Law
Federal Courts
Federal Habeas Corpus
Federal Indian Law
Feminist Legal Advocacy in the 20th Century
First Amendment
First Amendment in the 21st Century
Framing of the Constitution
Freedom Suits in Free States: Pennsylvania
Higher Education Law and Policy
History of Privacy and the Law
Immigration Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Juvenile Justice Seminar
Land Use Law
Law and Candidacy
Law and Sexuality
Law and Society in Japan
Local Government Law
Mental Health Law
National Security Law
Oil and Gas Law
Political Authority and Political Obligation
Political Philosophy of the Founders
Public Corruption and the Law
Regulatory Law and Policy
Remedies
Reproductive Rights and Justice
Right of Publicity
Right to Counsel
State Constitutional Law
Social Media Law
Thinking Like a Litigator
Topics in Defamation
Voting Rights Seminar

Courts and the Administration of Justice

Accountability in Government Service
Advanced Issues in Private Financing & Corporate & Sovereign Debt Restructuring
Advanced Legal Research II: Litigation Research
Advanced Writing & Practice: Federal Civil Litigation
Advanced Problems in Federal Procedure
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Appellate Advocacy
Bankruptcy
Black Lives Matter in Historical Perspective
Civil Practice Clinic: Fieldwork
Civil Procedure
Commercial Finance
Complex Litigation
Conflict of Laws
Conservative Political and Legal Thought
Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Constitutional Litigation
Criminal Defense Clinic
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure: Prosecution and Adjudication
Cybercrime
Death Penalty in U.S.: Theory & Practice Discrimination in Education
Evidence
Externship: Federal Appellate Litigation
Externship: Federal Defender Death Penalty
Externship: U.S. Attorney’s Office – Civil and Criminal Division
Federal Courts
Federal Indian Law
Federal Prosecution in Practice
Insurance Law and Policy
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
International Business Transactions
International Law
Judicial Clerkship Seminar
Judicial Decision-Making
Juvenile Justice Seminar
Law Reform Litigation
Law and Society in Japan
Legislation
Legislative Clinic
Litigation for Social Change
Mediation Clinic
Private Action: Antitrust, RICO & the Class Action
Recurring Issues in Complex Litigation
Refugee Law
Remedies
Remedies and Litigation Strategy
Right to Counsel
SEC Enforcement
Strategic Lawyering for Social Justice
Tort Theory
Torts
Transnational Governance of Courts
Transnational Legal Clinic
Trial Advocacy

Criminal Law and Procedure

American Criminal Law: Evolution and Application
Appellate Advocacy
Consent in Law & Morality
Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Conviction Integrity
Corporate Governance, Ethics, and Compliance
Corruption, Fraud, and Corporate Crimes
Criminal Defense Clinic
Criminal Law
Criminal Law Foundations and Policy
Criminal Law Theory Seminar
Criminal Procedure: Prosecution and Adjudication
Cybercrime
Death Penalty in U.S.: Theory & Practice
Development and Diversity of American Criminal Law
Empirical Social Science Research and the Law
Evidence
Externship: District Attorney’s Office – Philadelphia
Externship: Women’s Law Project
Federal Habeas Corpus
Federal Prosecution in Practice
Freedom, Responsibility and Neuroscience
General Counsel
Health Care Fraud: Investigation and Prosecution
Intro to Law and Economics
Investigating and Prosecuting National Security Matters
Judicial Clerkship Seminar
Juvenile Justice Seminar
Law of Investigations
Money Laundering
National Security Law
Policing and Policy Reform in the 21st Century
Public Corruption and the Law
Right to Counsel
Sentencing
Trade Secrets
Visual Legal Advocacy
White Collar Crime

Employment Law and Employee Benefits

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Employee Benefits
Employment Discrimination
Employment Law
Federal Income Taxation
Feminist Legal Advocacy in 20th Century
In-House Counsel/Corporate Generalist
Intro to Law and Economics
Labor Law
Regulatory Law and Policy
Remedies
Social Media Law
Trade Secrets
Workplace Equality

Environmental and Natural Resource Law

Administrative Law
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Animal Law and Ethics
Climate Change and the Energy Evolution
Energy Law and Climate Change
Environmental Law
Intro to Law and Economics
Land Use Law
Law and Society in Japan
Oil and Gas Law
Public Corporation Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Initiatives
Regulatory Law and Policy

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Antidiscrimination Law
Constitutional Criminal Procedure
Disability Law
Discrimination in Education
Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Employment Discrimination
Equity & Justice Lab: Public Interest Capstone
Family Law
Feminist Legal Advocacy in the 20th Century
Gender and the Law
Immigration Law
Intro to U.S. Privacy Law: the Lens of Race
Land Use Law
Law and Candidacy
Law and Inequality
Law and Sexuality
Law, Technology, and Access to Justice
Leading Social Change
Litigation for Social Change
Local Government Law
Policy Lab: AI and Implicit Bias
Power, Injustice, and Change in America
Strategic Lawyering for Social Justice
Women, Law, and Leadership
Workplace Equality

Family Law

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Anatomy of a Divorce
Externship: Lerner Child Welfare Policy
Family Law
Federal Income Taxation
Feminist Legal Advocacy in 20th Century
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Law and Family
Intro to Law and Economics
Juvenile Justice Seminar
Reproductive Rights and Justice

Health Law

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
Animal Law and Ethics
Comparative Health Systems and Law
Disability Justice
Drug Product Liability Litigation
Empirical Social Science Research and the Law
Externship: Lerner Child Welfare Policy
FDA Law and Policy
Federal Income Taxation
Freedom, Responsibility, and Neuroscience
Health Care Financing
Health Care Fraud: Investigation and Prosecution
Health Law and Policy
Health Policy Regulation and Reform
Insurance Law and Policy
Intellectual Property and National Economic Value Creation
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
Mental Health Law
Patent Law
Pharmaceutical Regulation and Enforcement
Plagues, Pandemics, and Public Health
Regulatory Law and Policy
Reproductive Rights and Justice
Torts

Intellectual Property and Technology Law

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Advanced Topics in Technology and Policy
Analytical Methods
Artificial Intelligence Law
Blockchain and the Law
Copyright
Cultural Heritage & the Law
Cybercrime
Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic
Entertainment Law
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Fashion Law
Federal Income Taxation
FinTech Challenge
First Amendment in the 21st Century
GRS: High Tech Nation (Israel)
Intellectual Property & Corporate Lawyering
Intellectual Property Transactions
Intellectual Property and National Economic
Value Creation
International Business Transactions
Internet Law
Intro to Intellectual Property Law and Policy
Intro to Law and Economics
Law of Autonomous Vehicles
Law, Technology, and Access to Justice
Lawyering and Technology
Patent Law
Patent Law – Appellate Advocacy
Patent Litigation
Policy Lab: AI and Implicit Bias
Privacy
Regulatory Law and Policy
Social Media Law
Strategic Transactions in the Fashion & Retail Industry
Trade Secrets
Trademarks

International Corporate and Trade Law

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Analytical Methods
China and International Law
Corporate Governance, Ethics, and Compliance
Cross-Border M&A
European Union Law
Federal Income Taxation
History of International Investment Law
International Bankruptcy
International Business Negotiations
International Law
International Trade Regulation
Intro to Law and Economics
Litigation for Social Change
Refugee Law
Trade Secrets
Transnational Legal Clinic

International Law, Human Rights, and Immigration

Advanced Legal Research II: Human Rights
Advanced Legal Research II: International
Army War College: International Strategic Negotiations
Bok Course: International Criminal Court and Africa
Bok Course: China and International Law
Bok Course: International Law and Pandemics
Borders and Boundaries in International Relations
Chinese Law
Comparative Corporate Governance
Comparative Law: Intro to the Civil Law Systems
Crimmigration
European Union Law
Foreign Affairs, Law, and the Executive Branch
Immigration Federalism
Immigration Law
Intellectual Property and National Economic Value Creation
Intelligence Law Seminar
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
International Arbitration
International Business Transactions
International Human Rights and National Security
International Human Rights: Current Topics
International Investment Arbitration
International Law
International Law and International Relations
International Privacy Law
International Trade Regulation
International Women’s Rights
International Women’s Human Rights
Islamic Finance
Jewish Law
Law and Morality of War
Law and Society in Japan
Litigating Across Borders
National Security Law
Refugee Law
Research in Foreign and International Law
Transnational Governance of Courts
Transnational Legal Clinic

Perspectives on the Law

Advanced Legal Research
Analytical Methods
Animal Law and Ethics
Appellate Advocacy
Borders and Boundaries in International Relations
Community and Economic Development
Comparative Health Systems and Law
Conservative Political and Legal Thought
Cultural Heritage & the Law
Discrimination in Education
Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Employment Discrimination
Family Law
Feminist Legal Advocacy in the 20th Century
Freedom, Responsibility, and Neuroscience
Gender and the Law
History and Theory of Contract Law
History of Privacy and the Law
Immigration Law
Innovation in Practice
Intellectual Property & Corporate Lawyering
Intellectual Property and National Economic Value Creation
International Law
International Trade Regulation
Intro to Intellectual Property Law and Policy
Intro to Law and Economics
Intro to Philosophy of Law
Intro to U.S. Privacy Law: the Lens of Race
Jewish Law
Juvenile Justice Seminar
Law and Commerce in American History
Law and Inequality
Law Firm Management in the New Normal
Law and Society in Japan
Leadership in Law
Legal Logic to Win at Daily Life
Litigation for Social Change
Political Authority and Political Obligation
Political Philosophy of the Founders
Positive Psychology in Legal Practice
Power, Injustice, and Change in America
Psychology of Legal Decision-Making
Public Corruption and the Law
Reproductive Rights and Justice
SEC Enforcement
Tort Theory
Torts
Trade Secrets
Visual Legal Advocacy
What Perplexes Lawyers and Why
Writing About the Law

Professional Responsibility and Ethics

Advanced Writing: Federal Litigation
Appellate Advocacy
Civil Practice Clinic: Fieldwork
Civil Procedure
Commercial Finance
Contract Drafting
Corporate Governance, Ethics, and Compliance
Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic
E-Discovery
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Ethical Leadership for Lawyers
Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic
International Business Transactions
JD/MBA Capstone Seminar
Judicial Clerkship Seminar
Legislative Clinic
M&A Litigation Seminar
Professional Responsibility for Corporate and Securities Lawyers
Professional Responsibility for Prosecutors and Defenders
Professional Responsibility: Traversing the Ethical Minefield
Professional Responsibility
Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Practice
Public Corruption and the Law
Social Media Law
Thinking Like a Litigator
Trade Secrets
Transnational Legal Clinic

Property and Real Estate Law

Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Community and Economic Development
Deals: Economic Structure of Transactions & Contracting
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Federal Income Taxation
Intro to Law and Economics
Land Use Law
Local Government Law
Oil and Gas Law
Practice of Land Use Law
Property
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Transactions
Regulatory Law and Policy
Remedies
Transactional Law Bootcamp

Public Interest Law

Access to Justice in the Civil Courts Seminar
Administrative Law
Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy
Advanced Torts
Antidiscrimination Law
Civil Practice Clinic: Fieldwork
Constitutional Litigation
Disability Justice
Discrimination in Education
Employment Discrimination
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Equity, Equality, and Inclusion
Externship: Community Legal Services
Externship: Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance
Externship: Federal Appellate Litigation
Feminist Legal Advocacy in the 20th Century
Immigration Law
International Human Rights Post 9/11
Law and Candidacy
Law Reform Litigation
Legislative Clinic
Local Government Law
Power and Privilege in Public Service
Power, Injustice, and Change in America
Public Corruption and the Law
Regulatory Law and Policy Seminar
Reproductive Rights and Justice
Strategic Lawyering for Social Justice
Transnational Legal Clinic
Visual Legal Advocacy
Voting Rights Seminar

Tax, Business Planning and Estate Planning

Analytical Methods
Corporate Taxation
Employee Benefits
Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic
Federal Income Tax
Gift and Estate Tax in Practice
International Bankruptcy
International Business Transactions
International Tax
Intro to Law and Economics
Intro to Partnership Tax
Public Interest Law & Entrepreneurship
Structured Finance and Securitization
Structuring Venture Capital
Tax Policy Seminar
Trusts and Estates

First-year Curriculum Courses:

Civil Procedure
Constitutional Law
Contracts
Criminal Law
Torts
Legal Practice Skills (both semesters)
Two electives (Regulatory elective and General elective)

Samples of Recent Regulatory Electives:

Administrative Law
Bankruptcy
Consumer Law
International Law
Internet Law

Samples of Recent General Electives:

Chinese Law
Introduction to Intellectual Property Law and Policy
Judicial Decision-Making
Property
National Security Law
Reproductive Rights and Justice
Plagues, Pandemics, and Public Health Law

Second- & Third-year Curriculum Requirements:

54 semester hours (up to four courses can be taken outside Penn Carey Law at one of Penn’s 11 other graduate and professional schools)
Senior research and writing project
Professional responsibility course
Public service (70 hours minimum)
6 credits in experiential coursework

Learning Outcomes

Penn Carey Law’s program of legal education, combining our rich, interdisciplinary curriculum, varied co-curricular activities, and pro bono responsibilities, prepares our students for admission to the bar and to serve as effective, ethical, and responsible members of the legal profession. Each student will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate a core knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law in a number of different subject areas;
  • Engage in legal analysis and reasoning, conduct efficient and effective legal research, apply problem-solving skills, and present findings, analyses, and recommendations efficiently and effectively in both written and oral communication;
  • Work collaboratively;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of law and the contributions and benefits to legal analysis and problem solving that other disciplines can make;
  • Exercise proper professional judgment and fulfill ethical responsibilities to clients, the profession, and society in general; and
  • Utilize a range of professional skills that facilitate active, competent, and ethical participation in the legal profession.
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Financial Aid

Congratulations on your admission to Penn Carey Law!

Penn Carey Law offers one of the most generous and comprehensive financial aid programs in the country. Our mission is to help students achieve their educational goals by identifying practical solutions for financing a legal education.

This section contains a summary of our financial aid programs and application process, as well as a checklist to help keep you on track. Make sure that you complete each step by its indicated deadline. We strongly recommend that you complete each step as soon as possible so that you will receive a financial aid decision in a timely fashion.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Bonnie Baber, Associate Director of Financial Aid, at 215-898-7743 or finaid@law.upenn.edu.

We look forward to connecting with you in the near future!

Sincerely,

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Anthony Henry
Assistant Dean for Financial Aid
Anthony Henry, Assistant Dean for Financial Aid

financial aid opportunities

Merit-Based Awards

All applicants are considered for merit scholarships based on their admissions material. Applicants may be invited to apply for certain scholarships, which may include a separate application, interview, or additional essay. Nominations are made on a rolling basis starting in February. For more information on our merit scholarship programs, go to https://www.law.upenn.edu/admissions/financing/.

Need-Based Financial Aid Application Procedures

Carefully read and complete each step below. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have complied with all application requirements. Financial aid awards will be finalized when copies of the 2020 Federal Tax Returns and the forms listed below are submitted and reviewed. We recommend that you retain a photocopy of completed forms for your records.

Law School Need-Based Grant Applicants

If you are applying for Law School need-based grants and all other forms of need-based financial assistance, complete the following:

  1. Submit the 2022–2023 FAFSA to the U.S. Department of Education at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Penn’s Federal School Code is 003378.
  2. Complete a financial aid application for the fall of 2022 through the CSS Profile Application website: https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/.There is a $24 fee. Need-eligible students who enroll at Penn Carey Law will receive a $24 tuition reimbursement for this fee at the time of matriculation. Penn Carey Law’s CSS Code is 2495.

    Note: We strongly recommend providing your social security number (SSN) on the CSS Profile Application. Applications submitted without the SSN can experience significant processing delays.

    Instructions and important tips for completing this application can be found at https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/. Please review this information thoroughly before you begin. For CSS Profile support, call 866-881-1167.

  3. Provide student’s, parents’, and spouse’s (if applicable) 2020 Federal Income Tax Returns & W2 forms (all pages and schedules). We recommend that you keep copies of tax forms for your records.
  4. Penn Carey Law provides the opportunity to include additional information that is relevant to the analysis of the applicant’s financial circumstances. We recognize that each applicant has a unique set of financial, personal, and economic conditions. We encourage you to complete the special circumstance section in the CSS profile or complete our Special Circumstances Form at https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/files/11245-special-circ-21-22. Please send the completed form to finaid@law.upenn.edu.
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funding your public interest career

Penn Carey Law’s commitment to lawyering in the public interest is unsurpassed. Since 2006, the amount of financial assistance available annually for all Penn Carey Law students has more than doubled in the form of scholarships, postgraduate fellowships, substantial loan repayment assistance, and guaranteed summer funding. Our commitment includes:

  • Our public interest counselors guiding students and alumni through applications for postgraduate fellowships and loan repayment assistance. Our counselors also provide comprehensive support and access to resources for securing summer internships and public interest and government employment.
  • The Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC), Office of Career Strategy (OCS), and a faculty committee providing consistent support and an unrivaled network for students seeking postgraduate fellowships. This includes personalized assistance during the rigorous application process for national fellowships, as well as postgraduate fellowships sponsored by Penn.

TOLL LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TolLRAP)

Penn Carey Law supports the careers of students and alumni committed to public service through our loan repayment assistance program, which is one of the most generous in the country. The Toll Loan Repayment Assistance Program provides substantial relief from law school debt burdens. Repayment assistance is provided on an annual basis for up to 10 years following graduation to alumni working in public interest positions. Eligible graduates receive TolLRAP assistance for the full payment of their federal loans in an eligible income-driven repayment plan. In addition, participants can be eligible for TolLRAP PLUS assistance. TolLRAP PLUS provides support to graduates for their continuing and sustained service. Participants become vested in the Program after three years and are then eligible for TolLRAP PLUS payments. For more information about TolLRAP and the TolLRAP PLUS payment schedule, please go to https://www.law.upenn.edu/publicservice/funding-for-public-service/.

Summer Public Interest Internship Funding Opportunities

At Penn Carey Law, there are no financial barriers to taking unpaid summer internships in the public sector or pursuing public interest work anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. Funding for such work is guaranteed, and each summer approximately 200 students take advantage of this opportunity.

Students work with counselors from the Office of Career Strategy and the Toll Public Interest Center to find the right program for their public interest placement and funding needs. Penn Carey Law’s guaranteed summer funding program provides financial support for public interest work in government, legal services, non-profit organizations, and NGOs.

Postgraduate Fellowships

Each year, Penn Carey Law students and recent graduates secure career-launching public interest fellowships with the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, the Independence Foundation, Immigrant Justice Corps, and Gideon’s Promise. Penn Carey Law also has its own robust fellowship program:

  • The Langer, Grogan and Diver Fellowship in Social Justice — Generously funded by Penn Carey Law alumni at Langer, Grogan & Diver P.C., this fellowship is a Delaware Valley-based fellowship that will fund one year of full-time work at a sponsoring public interest organization.
  • The Penn Carey Law Public Interest FellowshipS — These fellowships fund one year of full-time work at a national or international sponsoring public interest organization.
  • The Toll Public Interest Fellowship — This fellowship funds one year of full-time work at a national or international sponsoring public interest organization.
  • University of Pennsylvania Law Review Public Interest Fellowship — This fellowship funds one year of full-time work at a national or international sponsoring public interest organization.
  • Penn Carey Law Catalyst Fellowship — This fellowship funds one year of post-graduate volunteer attorney work in government, nonprofit, or international organizations.

In recent years, our graduates have launched their careers through fellowships with a wide range of organizations including the ACLU of Hawaii, the Brennan Center for Justice, the National Women’s Law Center, Earthjustice, Reprieve, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

TOLL PUBLIC INTEREST SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Toll Public Interest Scholars receive a generous scholarship that includes full tuition and fees for all three years of study at Penn Carey Law. This program also offers a generous stipend of $10,000 for public interest employment for each summer, including the summer following graduation. All admitted students are welcome to apply to the Toll Public Interest Scholars Program. Instructions for applying will be sent shortly after admission, starting in January. Scholars are selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to public service, their academic record, and their potential for leadership in the legal community.

The Toll Public Interest Fellows receive a half-tuition scholarship for their second and third years of study at Penn Carey Law. This program also offers a generous stipend of $10,000 for public interest employment for the summer bridging 2L and 3L, plus $10,000 for the summer following graduation. All students are welcome to apply to the Toll Public Interest Fellows Program. Interested students apply and are selected during the summer following their first year of study. Application instructions are sent out in late spring. Fellows are selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to public service, their engagement with the Law School’s pro bono and public interest communities during 1L, and their potential for leadership within the legal community.

For more information about public interest support programs, go to the public service section on our website –
https://www.law.upenn.edu/publicservice/funding-for-public-service/.

Student Loan Applicants

Once your financial need is determined and you have been notified of your financial aid award, you will be making decisions about applying for one or more educational loans (e.g., Federal Direct, Federal Direct Grad PLUS, or private student loans). Our office will provide you with detailed instructions at the appropriate time. If you are only applying for the Federal Direct and/or the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, only submit the FAFSA Application. More information is available at: https://www.law.upenn.edu/admitted/jd/financialaidscholarships/.

Financial Aid Application Checklist

Observe the deadlines listed below in order to have your financial aid award determined in a timely fashion. A need analysis will not be performed until applications are complete.

  1. File a 2022-2023 FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsav.
  2. Include Penn’s Federal School Code: 003378.
  3. Submit a financial aid application at https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/ using the code 2495.
  4. Federal Income Tax Returns and W2 Forms: Please submit copies of your, your parents’, and, if applicable, your spouse’s 2020 Tax Returns, all pages and schedules. To expedite processing, attach a Tax I.D. Form to your returns. We prefer electronic copies of your tax forms via online submission at https://www.sfs.upenn.edu/forms/OnlineDocSubmitForm.php. If tax returns were not filed, you still need to submit the Tax I.D. Form and sign the Non-Filer section. If the date of your marriage is prior to June 1, 2022, a copy of your spouse’s 2020 Tax Return is also required. Please submit all corresponding W2 Forms. You can print off a Tax I.D. Form at https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/files/11113-tax-id-202122.
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Note: Applicants admitted after the above deadlines can still apply for financial assistance. We recommend applying shortly after your admission decision is rendered.

Notification and Billing Dates

  • Incoming students are notified of their financial aid eligibility on a rolling basis beginning March 2022.
  • Notification of fall 2022 tuition bills will be sent to your Penn Carey Law email address around July 1st and will be due late July 2022. More information can be found at srfs.upenn.edu/billing-payment.
  • Monthly Budgeting Program — Pay educational expenses over five (5) months each term. The deadline to apply is typically in May. Go to srfs.upenn.edu/billing-payment/penn-payment-plan for deadlines and more details.
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