Spring 2000

Fall 1999

A Message from the Dean

Cities at the Horizon
Communities at the Horizon
Eastward from Our Horizon: U.S., China & Russia
Beyond the Horizon: Innovation and Technology

ILE Lecture: Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. L'60
Profile: Richard E. Rosin L'68
Profile: Pamela Daley L'79
Profile: Professor Jason Johnston
Profile: Howard Chang
Profile: Robert A. Gorman
Oral Legal History Project

Snippets of History
Faculty Notes
Alumni Briefs
In Memoriam

Penn Law

Admissions Report

The statistic about the ;incoming Class of 2002 that stops you in your tracks is the fact that women students comprise fifty-three percent of the class.  This is the first time Penn Law has had a female-majority in any class year. This scenario is not unique to Penn Law, however, because the figure reflects a nationwide trend that indicates more women than men are applying to law schools.

Penn Law’s ability to offer multidisciplinary degrees has had the positive effect of attracting a diverse student body and the finest minds to rigorous courses of study. In the first-year class alone, there is a Truman scholar, a Mennonite dairy farmer from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and a woman who was a prison doctor in a male-only sex offender’s prison in New Mexico.  The J.D. class size is 249 students, culled from an applicant pool of 3,422 that represents 112 schools and students arriving from twenty-nine States, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and eight countries.  The average LSAT score was 166 and average GPA was 3.6.  Of the LL.M. class, sixty-five students from twenty countries were accepted from a pool of 465 applicants.

The 1999/2000 student body is flavored with the presence of five medical doctors who are pursuing JD degrees and one student who has undertaken a joint JD/MD degree. One student who arrived at Penn Law with a background in genetic engineering and human organ harvesting is pursuing a JD/MA degree in Bioethics, dividing his time between the Law School and Penn’s Center for Bioethics.

What attracts this diverse group of students to the Law School, aside from the multidisciplinary offerings and a dedicated faculty, is what has attracted generations of students to Penn Law – it is a collegial community, intellectually engaging, and socially comfortable.  New students quickly feel at home at Penn Law, have ready access to leading scholars, and are given ample room to shine.  In addition, prospective students are drawn to the strategic planning that Admissions officers provide to assist students’ transition from pre-law to lawyers-in-training at the Penn Law School.

To continue recruiting the finest students to Penn Law, Assistant Dean Janice Austin has expanded her visits to undergraduate institutions by five schools per year since joining Penn Law a decade ago.  This year she fit in an extra four, to bring the total number of schools visited to seventy-eight.  The Admissions Roadshow travels to each corner of the contiguous United States throughout the Fall then comes home to Penn to select the best applicants and close the deal.

Looking around the Penn Law School’s corridors, we can see the results of these rigorous efforts and take pride in the students who have made Penn Law their home

Penn Law’s Bar Passage Rate Makes Headlines

 According to the statistics of bar passage rates for 1997 graduates, published in The Official ABA Guide to Approved Law Schools, 2000 Edition, the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s graduates had the best bar pass rate at 97%, second only to Yale Law School.  Analysis of the bar pass rates suggests that in smaller schools that offer an intimate faculty-to-student ratio, students are given an excellent chance to learn both advanced legal theory as well as skills that are tested on bar exams offered nationwide.  Rounding out the top ten in descending order after Penn are the University of Chicago, Harvard, NYU, Cornell, Duke, Columbia, Northwestern, and Georgetown.

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