Unlike most law schools, first-year students are allowed to take two electives courses their first year, with requirements through second year. Upper-level students can participate in one of six certificate programs, including one in Middle East and Islamic studies and one in gender and sexuality.
UPenn Law is a BigLaw feeder school for firms in the Mid- and South Atlantic, particularly in Philadelphia and New York. Students tell Vault that the concentration on interdisciplinary studies diffuses some of the traditional law school competition, fostering a more collegial atmosphere than other top-10 schools. The school hosts an array of student groups, but most social life centers on bars and restaurants in downtown Philly. UPenn Law students split between on- and off-campus housing, as Philadelphia rent is fairly cheap when compared to rates in New York City or Washington, D.C.