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Penn Law: The University of Pennsylvania Law School

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The University of Pennsylvania Law School or Penn Law is a member of the Ivy League and one of the oldest and most selective law schools of U.S. Though ranked at an overall 7th position by the U.S. News & World Report, it is also ranked at first position by the Princeton Review on career prospects. Based on placements of graduates at different top law firms, the National Law Journal, too, ranks Penn Law as the No. 1 law school in U.S. in terms of offering career prospects and opportunities to students.

Penn Law began its emphasis on cross-disciplinary education much earlier than most law schools and emphasizes profession and job-oriented study through joint/dual degree programs, courses and certificates. The University Of Pennsylvania Law School has always focused on the employability of its students rather than focusing solely on theoretical jurisprudence.


Penn Law had its modest beginnings in a series of law lectures given in 1790 by James Wilson, one of the signatories of the United States Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution. Following the lectures of Wilson, the University started offering a full-time program in law from 1850 and formed the first template of modern legal education under the administration of George Sharswood, who is recognized as one of the greatest innovators of legal education in America.

Penn law has a huge campus of over 269 acres contiguous to the West Philadelphia University City District.

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Total fees at Penn Law, come to something below $70,000 including Tuition and fees, General Fee, Technology Fee, Books, Room and Board, Insurance and Miscellaneous fees. A sum curiously lower than most law schools who don't even make it to the top 100 in rankings. Exclusively, tuition and fees consist close to $46,000.

Admissions are difficult. The average LSAT scores for applicants vary between 166-171, the GPA is between 3.56 and 3.90, and out of an average of 6000 applicants, only about 250 are selected. Regular Decision applicants are admitted on a rolling basis from January to May. Applications are expected and are disposed of early.

The personal statement plays a vital role and is given emphasis during selection.

Two letters of recommendation are required, and up to four letters of recommendation are accepted.

Differing from other law schools in its admissions process, Penn Law requires at least one supplemental essay from the applicant.

Like other law schools, Penn Law has a system of allowing binding Early Decision applications that guarantee a decision by December 31.

The University of Pennsylvania Law School also was featured in a list of top law schools analyzed and ranked by LawCrossing CEO Harrison Barnes. This list can be found here: Top Law Schools Analyzed and Ranked by America's Top Legal Recruiter.


About Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes is the founder of LawCrossing and an internationally recognized expert in attorney search and placement. Harrison is extremely committed to and passionate about the profession of legal placement. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placement attract millions of reads each year. LawCrossing has been ranked on the Inc. 500 twice. For more information, please visit Harrison Barnes’ bio.

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You can also listen to Harrison Barnes Podcasts here: Attorney Career Advice Podcasts

You can also read Harrison Barnes' articles and books here: Harrison's Perspectives


Harrison Barnes is the legal profession's mentor and may be the only person in your legal career who will tell you why you are not reaching your full potential and what you really need to do to grow as an attorney--regardless of how much it hurts. If you prefer truth to stagnation, growth to comfort, and actionable ideas instead of fluffy concepts, you and Harrison will get along just fine. If, however, you want to stay where you are, talk about your past successes, and feel comfortable, Harrison is not for you.

Truly great mentors are like parents, doctors, therapists, spiritual figures, and others because in order to help you they need to expose you to pain and expose your weaknesses. But suppose you act on the advice and pain created by a mentor. In that case, you will become better: a better attorney, better employees, a better boss, know where you are going, and appreciate where you have been--you will hopefully also become a happier and better person. As you learn from Harrison, he hopes he will become your mentor.

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