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University of Pennsylvania Law School

Overall School Rating
47 Ratings

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“Graduated Student”
August 2018FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Small student body; great job prospects; cheap cost of living; big law-focused

Downers

The small student body can contribute to a high school like feel and people are can be very competitive, but I don't think this is worse than any other law school. The city itself is good to go to school in but it would be more fun to be in larger market.

Comments

Pretty much everyone gets big law if they want it and I was near the bottom half of my class. Going to a school like this really takes the pressure off of being a law student.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Great cross-disciplinary professional program”
February 2018FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

World class faculty and student bodies; access to other professional schools such as Wharton for cross-disciplinary, well-rounded education.

Downers

Despite the high tuition, there is always the impression that some parts of the school facilities are underfunded (e.g. library print room).

Comments

Definitely go to an open day and find out as much about the school as possible. I would say the faculty is much more important than course offerings.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Best Decision I ever made”
February 2018FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Collegial students, excellent professors (except for Amy Wax), beautiful school, in the lovely city of Philadelphia.

Downers

The school is extremely expensive. You will be paying of loans for many years without a scholarship.

Comments

Be sure to visit the school and sit in on a class to help in your decision. Penn Law has the best placement into large law firms if that is important to you.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“One of the best law schools in terms of biglaw placements”
November 2017FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

- Consistently ranked among the top 3 in terms of percentage of students getting biglaw roles

Downers

- Not enough activities and school support to interact with other student

Comments

Career services is really functional and it has one of the best cultures of any law school out there.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Great school”
May 2017FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Great professors and bright students

Great on campus interview process

Downers

Cafeteria is not great/non existent but there is a food court nearby

Comments

Philadelphia is a good-sized city with many fun things to do

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Penn Law”
September 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Collegial atmosphere, small class size, good professors, great career services

Downers

Located in the ghetto, liberal bias, no free coffee, expensive

Comments

It is a great school, a law degree from Penn pretty much guarantees a job.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Penn Law”
March 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Challenging classes, great professors and a collegial atmosphere among the student body

Downers

Law school in itself is a lot of pressure, but that's not unique to Penn

Comments

Take advantage of the multi-disciplinary focus of the school (e.g., they offer a dual degree with Wharton)

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Collegial and interdisciplinary”
March 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

There's no rat race at Penn Law: sure, it's competitive and high-pressure, but the students are kind and friendly to one another. And, by and large, the faculty are really invested in the students' education and professional development.

Downers

Compared to its peer schools, Penn sports relatively small classes, but the sections are still pretty populous -- resulting in "gunners" hogging a lot of the professors' attention during class time.

Comments

Perfect balance of high-quality Ivy League education and a collegial student body and faculty.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Top flight education in a collegial environment in a highly underrated city!”
March 2015FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Small class and section size was a strong selling point

Downers

The facilities were circa-70s and are overdue for a renovation

Comments

You will make fast friends for life who you can count on throughout your legal career

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED 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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