Our Supportive Community
Rigorous legal training in a collaborative and supportive community is a hallmark of a Penn Law education because it makes better lawyers.
We believe that a supportive educational environment creates better lawyers, and the employers who’ve hired Penn Law graduates over the years have told us time and time again that we’re right.
Law school is difficult. You’d be concerned if it wasn’t. But at Penn Law, you’ll have the support of the faculty, the staff, and your peers. We want you to succeed, and we’ll help you every step of the way.
Our students truly own their education experiences, actively contributing to a collegial environment where they learn to solve problems while developing critical professional skills: by taking risks in the classroom, students learn to challenge their thinking. By working effectively with colleagues on- and off-campus, they learn about management, leadership, and networking. And by investing in the full life of Penn Law, they discover their strengths and hone their talents.
We have more than 90 student-led groups, ranging from academically focused cross-disciplinary groups, to affinity groups, to special interest groups. Students take the lead in bringing leading practitioners, academics, and other experts to Penn Law — all part of a community where diverse points of view are heard, encouraged, and respected. In addition, the Deans Speaker Fund supports approximately 50 student group-sponsored lectures each academic year.
A campus where paths cross
Four interconnected buildings surrounding a central courtyard create an environment that encourages chance encounters among fellow students, faculty and staff. Faculty offices, classrooms, and lounges are all integrated throughout the facility.
Our Student Affairs office helps students develop their careers: among many initiatives offered each year, Student Affairs runs a leadership development program and related workshops, and supports 15 moot court teams who represent Penn Law around the country. Meanwhile, more than 20 student-led pro bono projects contribute to the community and profession.
This supportive environment is focused ultimately on one goal: to produce remarkable graduates, who will be the next generation of problem-solvers and leaders.