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In another opportunity for students to gain practical legal experience, Clinical Practice Professor Alan M. Lerner co-teaches the Child Advocacy Clinic with Dr. Cindy Christian of the Medical School, and supervises the Civil Practice Clinic.
The University of Pennsylvania offers a joint degree in law and philosophy. A few highly qualified students can earn joint J.D./Ph.D. degrees in Law and Philosophy in a six-year program of study that includes a program in ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law.
Recent graduate and Ph.D. candidate Thomas Sullivan L’01 says he would have applied to Penn Law School in any case, but the opportunity of pursuing a joint degree while at Penn made it the obvious place to attend.
“I knew I wanted to go to law school, but not right after college.” Sullivan earned a master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Reading in England where he developed an interest in moral, political and legal philosophy. He came to Penn to enter the Ph.D. program in Philosophy in 1996 and entered the Law School in 1998.
Sullivan has worked for the last two summers as a summer associate in the litigation department of Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia. To fulfill the mandatory public service requirement he worked for the Education Law Center in his first year, then spent the next two years teaching the course “Know Your Rights” on Saturday mornings at West Philadelphia High School and the Salisbury Middle School in West Philadelphia. He created the course by working with Penn’s Center for Community Partnerships. His ambition was to teach members of the community the basics about criminal law, labor and employment law, and contract law. In addition, he taught Philosophy to undergraduates at Penn.
Penn prepares students very well. Law has changed a lot in recent years and Penn had faculty and students in place who represented all fields of study.
He knew some of the Law and Philosophy faculty from his studies in the Philosophy Department where Law faculty cross-teach, but when he entered the Law School he learned about the vibrant student body firsthand.
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