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University of Pennsylvania

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5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT


Academics

Penn has outstanding faculty in civil procedure, criminal law & sentencing, health law, administrative & regulatory law, and any and all corporate law topics, including, securities regulation, M&A, and negotiations.


Quality of Life

Penn is making a major new addition to the school this year that will include a huge new moot court room, new classrooms, and a "green" rooftop patio and lounge.


Level

2L


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5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT


Academics

The classes are all great! I've found my professors to be very kind and accessible people.


Quality of Life

The best thing about Penn is the people. I love hanging out at the school and getting to see my classmates! Everyone tends to be very happy. There are also a TON of extracurriculars/capita so everyone can get involved (and can start their own club if it doesn't exist already, like I did!)


Admissions

Penn requests that you write individual essays, which definitely lends itself to people applying who are genuinely interested in the school. In addition, they tend to be very helpful with financial aid and scholarship opportunities if you go into the office.


Level

1L


Graduation Year

2013


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5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT


Academics

Academics really depend on which professors are assigned to your section in the first year. After that you can create whatever kind of program you want.


Quality of Life

This is one of the best parts about Penn. I have a great apartment downtown next to a park and a running trail for less than a third of the price of a box in NYC.


Admissions

The "Why Penn?" essay is the only thing unique about the application process. It seems the school wants happy students and wants to identify people who would gain from coming to Penn.


Level

2L


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4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT


Admissions

Unique application essays, 99th percentile LSAT.


Level

2L


Graduation Year

2012


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4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT


Academics

There are always plenty of seminars (usually 12-14 students) made available. It is very much a "choose your own adventure" type of curriculum, as students who really enjoy theory classes can take those to their hearts' content, whereas there are more practical classes that are taught by full-time professors but also some excellent adjunct professors and practitioners that the school brings in.


Quality of Life

Philly is a (relatively) inexpensive city compared to other places along the east coast. The facilities are top-notch with more under construction. They have recently overhauled the computer stations, which is a great improvement. Philadelphia is a very inviting, fun city.


Admissions

There was nothing unique that I recall.


Level

3L


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4.5 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT


Academics

Quality of intellectual atmosphere is absolutely top notch. Professors are incredible and incredibly accessible, as is the administration. Good mix of theoretical (lecture and Socratic method classes) and practical study (legal writing program, pro bono and clinical opportunities). Academic advising is decent - Professionalism Office and Registrar make an effort to give panels on how to choose upper curriculum and job search. You have to seek these panels out though, or make individual appointments for advising. Grading seems standard, with a decent curve. No personal experience w/ study abroad, but it seems accessible. Workload is definitely manageable, even while taking advantage of the multitude of extra curricular activities Penn offers.


Quality of Life

I could not be happier with the quality of life at Penn. The student body is amazing...friendly, outgoing, helpful, selfless, and accommodating. Cost of living is great for such a fantastic city. Facilities are nice and constantly improving - brand new state of the art building with new moot court room, auditorium, and professor offices opening Spring 2012. Library and computer access is excellent; great library staff and excellent online resources. Neighborhood is good, but downtown is better (and is where most students live). Overall happiness is excellent.


Admissions

Unique application essays (why Penn and an additional essay); otherwise, standard application process. Penn invites students to apply for scholarships. No personal experience with need-based financial aid.


Level

1L


Graduation Year

2013


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4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT


Academics

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.


Admissions

Standard admissions process. LSAT, GPA, personal statement, and letters of recommendation are required.


Level

2L


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4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT


Academics

There is a strong culture of collaboration among students that is at its weakest during 1L examination time. Penn Law should institute grade reform in order to reduce the competitiveness that takes over at that time.
Penn Law has branded itself as the cross-disciplinary law school, and they couldn't be more correct. I didn't even attempt to count the number of classes I had with professors who also had PhD's.


Quality of Life

Students are happy - though more so their second and third years. The insane course load during the 1L year (17 semester hours in the fall and 16 in the spring) makes happiness less abundant that year.
Philadelphia has affordable living options, unlike D.C., New York, and other cities.


Admissions

I deferred enrollment until a later date, and Penn Law was among the most forthright about projecting financial aid and scholarships for the later date.


Level

3L


Graduation Year

2011


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3.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT


Academics

1L classes rely heavily on the Socratic method. For the most part the professors are terrific, although there is the rare bad egg. Second semester at Penn is unique in that you get to choose two electives to take. 1L sections are about 80 people, with each section being split into two for one class first semester, and legal writing being taught in two types of class -- the large, full-section version, and 10-12 person "cohorts" taught by a 3L.


Quality of Life

It's law school. Law school sucks. That said, I'm about as happy as I could be and I think Penn has a pretty happy campus and doesn't cause me any more stress than there needs to be. Students here are happy, friendly, and very uncompetitive. I feel safe on campus, the library is great, there are always enough computers to use, printing is easy (and free -- you get a certain allowance every semester. It's a week before finals and I have ~$75 left on my account), it's in a nice neighborhood with amenities nearby.


Admissions

Common App with an additional supplemental essay that could also be filed through LSAC. Scholarships were given based on the original app/people were invited to follow up with additional information for scholarships.


Level

1L


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3.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT


Academics

academic advising is horrible; class sizes during the first year are about 80+ (per section) and are highly competitive; opportunities to do international work (and funding!) are extremely limited and unfairly distributed.


Quality of Life

The on campus housing is nicely nicknamed "The Grad Projects". Don't live here. Unless you're okay with mice, rats, and general filth.


Level

1L


Graduation Year

2013


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