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Pre-College Academy

Pursue Your Passion & Experience Law School at Penn Carey Law

Dates: July 6-27, 2024 (Residential) | July 8-26, 2024 (Commuter)
Location: On Campus in Philadelphia, PA
Program Fee: $9,499 (Residential) | $5,999 (Commuter)

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The Penn Carey 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 you with a well-rounded introduction to the American legal system and how law is practiced in the United States.

The third week of this program exposes students to various timely and specialized fields of law, such as business & entrepreneurship law, environmental law, human rights & immigration law, and technology, privacy, & intellectual property law.*

*These topics are a representation of possible focus areas. Specific topics to be confirmed closer to the program start date.

Why You Should Attend

Law School Experience at an Ivy League Institution

This one-of-a-kind opportunity allows 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, you will learn from standing Penn Carey Law faculty and legal practitioners on cutting-edge legal issues that are shaping the United States today.

Opportunity to Pursue Your Own Interests

In addition to providing a well-rounded introduction to the American legal system, the Pre-College Academy allows you to be exposed to a range of specialized areas of law, such as business, environmental, human rights, and technology law.

Build a Strong Foundation for Future Success

The Pre-College Academy is designed to help you develop and fine-tune the communication, analytical, logical reasoning, and leadership skills essential for future academic and professional success.

2024 Academic Leadership

Academic Director

Silvia Diaz, L’08, is the Academic Director of Penn Carey Law’s 2024 Pre-College Academy. She also currently serves as a Senior Lecturer of Legal Practice Skills at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Diaz has over 13 years of experience practicing law as a commercial litigator, a school law attorney, and as corporate counsel. She received her J.D. cum laude from Penn Carey Law in 2008. She is a former teacher, and has Masters degrees in English Literature and Secondary Teaching from Lehigh University and Pace University. Before returning to Penn Carey Law, she served as Senior Counsel at a large education technology company where she specialized in accessibility and discrimination, employment law, technology and data privacy.

 Associate Academic Director 

Carl Rosin has served as the Associate Academic Director of Penn Carey Law’s Pre-College Academy since 2014. He currently teaches English, Philosophy, and other electives at Radnor High School. Rosin graduated from Harvard College in 1988, and later received his M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Named the National High School Philosophy Teacher of the Year for 2014, he has also served on the National Humanities Center’s Teacher Advisory Committee for 2018-19.

Past Participating Faculty and Presenters

Students will have the unique opportunity to engage with and attend sessions taught by full-tenured standing faculty members, including:*

Regina Austin

Regina Austin L’73

William A. Schnader Professor of Law, Emerita  
John Hollway

John F. Hollway C’92, MAPP’18

Executive Director & Lecturer in Law  
Felicia Lin

Felicia Lin

Vice Dean for Student Services and Dean of Students  
Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy E. Roberts

George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights  
Tess Wilkinson-Ryan

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan L’05, G’06, PhD’08

Golkin Family Professor; Professor of Psychology  
Tobias Barrington-Wolff

Tobias Barrington Wolff

Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law; Deputy Dean for Equity & Inclusion  

* Faculty and presenters subject to change.


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