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Meet the Dean


A very warm welcome to Penn Law

Society in the 21st century increasingly demands lawyers who are not only well prepared in the conventional areas of legal education but are also able to navigate fields intertwined with the law. At Penn Law, our top-tier faculty are leaders in more traditional as well as cross-disciplinary scholarship, and they - and our talented students - are thoroughly integrated into the broad intellectual life of the University of Pennsylvania.

Unlike most law schools that remain isolated from their universities, Penn Law has followed the opposite path, nurturing relationships with as fine an array of law-related professional schools as you will find in the country. Students can easily enhance their first-rate legal education through study in many associated disciplines, either through matriculation in a joint degree program or by taking up to four courses in other departments.

Our students take courses in departments and professional schools throughout the University. They study business, economics, engineering, history, philosophy, and social sciences, at Wharton, the Annenberg School for Communication, the Graduate School of Education, the School of Social Work, and the Center for Bioethics. All this and much more are possible at Penn Law.

Of course, there are other reasons that Penn Law stands apart. We have a fine, and well-deserved, reputation as a school where collegiality is prized because it makes better lawyers. Both our public service and clinical programs are nationally renowned. And we are located in a great city that offers an affordable and exciting lifestyle to students.

When you consider the changes in law and the vast opportunities at Penn, I think you will agree that there is no better place to receive a rigorous and engaging legal education.

Please do come and visit us soon. See for yourself what Penn Law has to offer!



Michael A. Fitts  
Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law

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