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Pursue your Passion & Experience Law School at Penn Law

June 30 – July 23, 2021 | Philadelphia, PA

Program Fee: $8,599 (Residential) | $5,499 (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 specialize in one of three specialized fields of law: Business & Entrepreneurship LawHuman Rights & Legal Advocacyor Entertainment & Sports Law.

Why You Should Attend

Law School Experience at an Ivy-League Institution
A one-of-its-kind opportunity for high school students to experience an accelerated version of the first-year law school curriculum at an Ivy-League university.

Access to Renowned Faculty & Thought Leaders
Drawing on the scholarship of one of the nation’s top law schools, students will learn from standing Penn Law faculty and legal practitioners on the cutting-edge legal issues that are shaping the United States today.

Unique Chance to Observe Law in Action
Visit court rooms and firms to experience the legal profession first-hand.

Opportunity to Pursue Your Own Interest
In addition to providing a well-rounded introduction to the American legal system, the Pre-College Academy allows students the ability to follow their own interests and specialize in one of three focused areas of law.

Build a Strong Foundation for Future Success
The Pre-College Academy is designed to help students develop and fine-tune the communication, analytical, logical reasoning, and leadership skills essential for future academic and professional success.

Program Overview


Week One & Two:

Students will spend the first two weeks of the academy taking an accelerated first-year law school curriculum, including sessions on such topics 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

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 civil, political, and economic issues in contemporary domestic and international human rights, including trafficking in persons, the status of refugees, transitional justice, and gender equality.

Entertainment & Sports Law

Whether interested in working for a sports team, entertainer, or a media company, explore the wide range of legal and business expertise needed to effectively represent clients in these industries, including such topics as intellectual property, licensing, labor and employment law, film and TV production, contracts, and negotiations.

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-area students interested in attending the program, which does not include housing and meals. 

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Admissions to the 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, Human Rights Law, or Sports & Entertainment 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 & Fall Savings

The 2021 program will run from June 30 - July 23 (July 1–22 for commuter students) and tuition for the residential program, including housing and meals, is $8,599. There is also a commuter option ($5,499) for local Philadelphia students, which does not include housing and meals.

Fall Savings: Apply and enroll by November 20 and save $300! Additional savings available to students referred by Penn Law alumni. 

Need-Based Scholarships

Penn Law and Summer Discovery are proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to qualified students based on need, academic merit, and interest in studying law.

For more detailed information about eligibility and the scholarship application/submission process, please visit the scholarship information webpage.


To Apply, click the Summer Discovery icon below.