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Penn Law Pre-College Academy

Pursue your Passion & Experience Law School at Penn Law

July 7 – 27, 2019 | Philadelphia, PA

Program Fee: $7,999 (Residential) | $4,999 (Commuter)




The Penn Law Pre-College Academy is a rigorous academic program that gives high school students from around the world the opportunity to experience law school at a world-class university. This three-week intensive academy provides a well-rounded introduction to the American legal system and how law is practiced in the United States, and also allows students to pursue their own interests in either of two specialized fields of law: Business & Entrepreneurship Law or Human Rights & Legal Advocacy.


Program Overview

Week One & Two:

Students will spend the first two weeks of the academy taking an accelerated first-year law school curriculum, including courses such as:


  • Contracts – contract formation, offer and acceptance, consideration, and remedies.

  • Torts/Liability – legal duties, breach, causation, damages, and product liability.

  • Constitutional Law – First Amendment rights and Fourth Amendment protections.

  • Criminal Law – criminal intent, criminal procedure, burdens of proof, and defenses.


Through the study of these doctrinal legal subjects, students will gain an understanding of the American legal system, develop legal reasoning skills, and experience the Socratic Method of dialogue with Penn Law faculty. Students will also hear lectures on the cutting-edge legal issues that are shaping the world today.


Week Three: (choose one specialized area of law)


Business & Entrepreneurship Law

Explore the complex issues surrounding business and entrepreneurship law through lectures, workshops, a negotiations module, and a Shark Tank exercise. From start-ups and intellectual property, to negotiating and drafting agreements, students will gain a firm understanding of the specialized legal areas important to the success of the entrepreneur and businesses in general.  


Human Rights & Legal Advocacy

Examine the institutions, instruments, and cases that constitute the basis for the key issues in contemporary domestic and international human rights. From trafficking in persons and the status of refugees, to transitional justice and gender equality, explore current and pressing civil, political, social, and economic topics in human rights and legal advocacy.


Goals of the Academy

The goal of this Academy is to help you:

  • Develop communication, analytical, and leadership skills.
  • Learn how to craft a persuasive argument.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding into how law is practiced in the real world and the foremost issues related to entrepreneurship and business or human rights.
  • Develop a strong foundation for success in the pursuit of a career in law, business, activism, international relations, public policy, and others.


Life at Penn

The Penn Law Pre-College Academy is a residential program, and students will reside together in one of the University of Pennsylvania’s state-of-the-art dormitories. Residential counselors will reside with the students to provide mentoring and support, while also leading weekend social activities. 

Additionally, there is a commuter option available to local Philadelphia students interested in attending the program, which does not include housing and meals. 


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Admissions to the Penn Law Pre-College Academy is selective and based on a record of academic achievement and leadership. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis and admissions decisions are made by Penn Law. The specialized area of law for Week Three (Entrepreneurship & Business Law or Human Rights Law) is expected to be chosen upon applying for the program.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and space is limited, so we encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible. 


Program Fee & Application

The 2019 program will run from July 7–27 and tuition for the residential program, including housing and meals, is $7,999. There is also a commuter option for local Philadelphia students available for $4,999, which does not include housing and meals.


Click the Summer Discovery icon below for the application. 

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