Penn Law has a great selection of faculty and courses. There are several that teach fundamental legal principles via cases and the Socratic method. There are also a large number of classes that are taught by industry practicioners that have a very real-world approach to teaching law and the role of a legal advisor. Penn places a great degree of emphasis on cross-disciplinary studies, so there are courses that combine law and business, law and public policy, law and intellectual property, law and human rights, etc.
Generally speaking the class environment is really good. Students are very well prepared, read the material before class, and are prepared to comment on important aspects of the case or deal we are studying. Students are very driven here, but not overly competitive. As a result, the classroom experience is really engaging and a lot of learning takes place.
Quality of Life
Penn Law places a huge emphasis on being a collegial environment. The tone starts with the dean, senior adminstrators, faculty, and flows through the entire student body. Students help each other prepare outlines, there are tons of student clubs that are very active, and great guest speakers and lecturers that come to campus to present on current issues in law. The facilities are great, there is plenty of space, and we have a brand new $30 million building going up that will be completed this year. It's a great place to study law.