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Pre-College Summer Academy

Last July, Penn Law hosted the second annual Pre-College Summer Academy. The students called it “Absolutely amazing!” and “A program that prepared me for college, law school and beyond!”

Participants from across the United States and around the world enjoyed exposure to different perspectives as they discussed legal issues with each other and Penn Law faculty and staff. A student explained, “One minute we would be passionately arguing and the next we were laughing. I have never had the experience to discuss ideas with such a smart, supportive group.”

We are busy planning for next July and the 2014 Penn Law Pre-College  academic program. Over three weeks, students will gain insight into U.S. law and the legal profession while experiencing academic and residential life at the University of Pennsylvania. High School students will discover what law school is like, learn what it means to be a lawyer and gain a better understanding of the law and its role in modern society. Pre-College students will take courses at the University of Pennsylvania Law School which mirror those taken by first year law students. Students will also develop legal reasoning, and review case briefings as they unravel constitutional law, criminal law and contract law.

Class work will be supplemented with trips to area law firms, courts, and corporate legal departments to help students gain insight into how law is practiced in the real world. Guest lecturers will give students an opportunity to interact with legal practitioners from a wide array of practice areas. Plus, law school administrators will provide instruction on how to navigate their way to a career in law.

Sponsored by The University of Pennsylvania Law School, Penn Law Pre-College Summer Academy is for a talented and select group. Whether students are contemplating a career in law, business, government or another field, the Penn Law Academy is a strong foundation for success.

The 2014 summer program will run July 6-26. For more information please visit:

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