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MEEKER INHERITS ADMISSIONS POST (cont'd)

WHO GETS INTO PENN LAW?

We have one of the largest applicant pools in the country. It allows us to be very selective, so within our pool of 5,200 applicants there are probably a few thousand who are qualified.

There isnít an ideal student, but there are certain qualities that we prize. Sterling academic records, strong LSAT scores, excellent writing skills Ė these are all obviously important. But these factors only tell part of an applicantís story. We want students who will be interesting and engaging, who have initiative, discipline and strong leadership skills, who come from diverse backgrounds and have diverse perspectives.

The person who gets into Penn Law typically embodies many of these qualities. What really sets an applicant apart among many qualified candidates is uniqueness, someone who has taken some risks. We always see people who have studied abroad, done the White House internship, worked as a paralegal Ė all of which are fine, but common. We donít always see a student who has spent a year engaged in dolphin research or a political science major who has written a screenplay or worked on Wall Street. Itís things that really jump out at us, that we think will add depth to the Penn Law community and perhaps provide a unique perspective.

WHAT MAKES PENN LAW SPECIAL?

The opportunities for interdisciplinary study. There are few universities that compare to Penn. It has, across the board, a number of the best programs in the country. Also, the Law School is an intimate place, very supportive and collegial. Students have a quality of life here that you wonít find at most other law schools of this caliber.

 
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