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Center on Professionalism

The Center’s mission is to instill in students the workplace skills, professional characteristics, and interpersonal behaviors that make new lawyers successful.

Professionalism Day 2019

For Current Students

Wardrobe Referral Form

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Beyond the Classroom

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Certificate in Technology 

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Upcoming Programs

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The Delta Model for Development of Penn Law Students

Penn Law’s Delta Model is a competency model and framework for the 21st-century legal practice, reflecting a holistic understanding of the legal profession. COP helps Penn Law students develop essential lawyering skills in The Process (delivery of legal services effectively and efficiently), and The People (relating to and understanding your clients, your colleagues, and yourself).

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Programming for COP

Penn Carey Law’s First Generation Professionals (FGP) Fellowship Stewardship

The First Generation Professionals (FGP) Fellowship supports select students who are the first in their families to earn a professional degree. The Fellowship is designed to create a sustained mechanism and environment to enhance the Fellows’ professional growth, academic success, and personal development.

The Fellowship offerings include, among other things:

  • Connections with alumni mentors
  • Opportunities to connect with the Philadelphia legal community
  • One-on-one professionalism coaching on topics such as financial literacy, executive coaching, storytelling, and public speaking.
First Generation Professionalism Fellows

Trevor Kirby L’23 and Virinchi Sindhwani L’23 have been named as the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s second class of First Generation Professionals (FGP) Fellows.

Jasmine Wang L?22

First Generation Professionals at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Raymond Magsaysay

The class of 2022 has the distinction of being the first class to have amongst its cohort three First Generation Professionals (FGP) fellows.


2016 Professionalism Day Headshots

Laurent Abergel L ’19

Completing the Penn Law Certificate in Technology was one of the most beneficial things I did in my first year at Penn Law. I have been asked about the certificate in every single interview, and I have been able to use it to prove that I have proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Adobe Acrobat.

Aaron McKenney

Aaron McKenney L ’19

The Center on Professionalism’s Certificate in Technology provided me with a plethora of information and practical skills that will be invaluable to me in the fields of law and business. I highly recommend this course to law students looking to get a jumpstart on their computer skills and sharpen their core technical competencies. 

Shaunee Morgan

Shaunee Morgan L ’19

Self-care and wellness is something I prioritized in my life.  The “Wellness and Balance” talk was a nice reminder that we have to intentionally continue to do the things that sustain our whole selves despite the stress of class now and our careers in the future.


Jacob Morton

Jacob Morton L ’19

The entire Professionalism Day program reminded me that professionalism is not just about marketability or personal “brand.” True professionalism is the lifelong practice of sincerity, temperance, hard work, and generosity. It’s a work of art, not merely a set of mechanical skills. 


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to Us

Drop in between 9-5, M-F, at T331 (third floor of the Library)

Joseph Glyn

Director, Center on Professionalism


Claudia Toro

Assistant Director, Center on Professionalism


Special Thanks to Our Partners 

COP extends a special thank you to our collaborators and partners that make our programming exceptional. 

Current Partners 

Spoken with Authority

Spoken with Authority

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McNulty Leadership Program

Wharton’s McNulty Leadership Program

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First Generation Professionals Fellow Michelle Rodriguez L’24, MBE’24 dreamed of helping people heal – and now her dream is reality

Rodriguez is also pursuing a dual degree in Bioethics with the goal of making healthcare more equitable and accessible for immigrant and refugee populations.

First Generation Professional Fellow Kelsang Dolma L’24 eager to cultivate community

Dolma L’24 is the first Tibetan on record to attend the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

Law School exterior

Law School supports nine First Generation Professionals Fellows across all class years

The First Generation Professionals Fellowship was established through a generous donation from David Silk L’88.

Students participate in the Navigation Challenge during Professionalism Day 2021

Professionalism Day prepares law students for future legal leadership

Nearly 300 law students participated in this year’s Professionalism Day, hosted by the Law School’s Center on Professionalism (COP).