The University of Pennsylvania Law School located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has followed the opposite path, nurturing relationships with as fine an array of law-related professional schools as you will find in the country. Students can easily enhance their first-rate legal education through study in many associated disciplines, either through matriculation in a joint degree program or by taking up to four courses in other departments.
The students study at departments and professional schools throughout the University, studying business, economics, engineering, history, philosophy, and social sciences, at Wharton, the Annenberg School for Communication, the Graduate School of Education, the School of Social Work, and the Center for Bioethics. All this and much more are possible at Penn Law.
Penn Law’s academic program is unique. Students engage their rigorous legal studies with one of the nation’s most outstanding law school faculties, and at the same time have the opportunity to enrich this study with cross-disciplinary work at one of the world’s preeminent research Universities. There is no better modern legal education offered anywhere.
The faculty is the core of the institution. They are world-renowned scholars and first-rate teachers. Their accessibility to students combine with their high academic expectations to create an intellectual climate and vitality that is highly conducive to the study of law.
The cross-disciplinary program extends throughout the University of Pennsylvania, allowing Penn Law students to better prepare for their roles within the legal profession by expanding on their educations at the finest array of graduate and professional schools found anywhere. Penn Law students can study at Wharton or the Annenberg School for Communication, participate in programs at the Center for Bioethics, receive a joint degree with any of a variety of schools – much more information on this topic is available within these pages. Penn Law’s academic program is also unique in allowing law students the flexibility to craft a graduate legal education that reflects their own intellectual interests and professional goals.
Certified by state and federal courts to represent indigent clients in a broad range of civil litigation, students interview clients, draft legal pleadings, engage in client counseling and negotiation with opposing parties, and serve as trial counsel in court and administrative proceedings.
Students gain valuable insights and professional experience in the real world of IP and technology law and commercialization.
Students provide direct representation to entrepreneurs, businesses, and social entrepreneurs from underserved communities on matters such as business structuring, contract drafting and review, intellectual property, managing employees, negotiating, asset acquisitions and dispositions, business strategy, and regulatory requirements.
Students learn about conflict resolution, creative problem solving, and mediation theory, and then serve as court- or agency-approved mediators in a broad range of court, agency, neighborhood, and campus disputes.
After studying legislative process, statutory drafting, and legislative advocacy, students work on pending legislation and public policy issues at the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania state legislature.
Students team with medical, nursing, and social policy and practice students to represent vulnerable children in court hearings, participate in developing a plan to serve the child’s best interest, and work with parents, counsel, and relevant agencies.
The only clinic that continues for a full academic year, students work on real Supreme Court cases, including conducting research, writing briefs and participating in moot court rehearsals that are held prior to oral arguments at One First Street.