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Penn Law is particularly well-prepared to train students to be intellectuals in today’s interdisciplinary legal arena. Some 80 percent of the new faculty hires in the past six years have advanced degrees in other disciplines, adding to a faculty that is rich in doctoral degrees. “Graduate training trains you to be an academic, whereas law training trains you primarily to be a practicing lawyer,” says Morse, “so the fact that we have so many faculty who have training in other disciplines prepares them to be academically oriented in the classroom, and in their approach to students. . . . What that means is we are very well positioned to give academic training, guidance, and advice to our students who want to become academics.”

The outstanding talents of Penn Law’s faculty inspired James Strazzella L‘64. A former vice dean of the faculty at Penn, Strazzella later acted as dean of Temple Law School where he holds the James G. Schmidt Chair in Law. “Unlike many fields, the road to law teaching is unlikely to include education courses,” notes Strazzella. “When I was a student, the best chance to absorb good law teaching technique was to experience exceptional professors in our own law school experience. What came across every day was the Penn faculty’s own exceptional level of excellence and preparation. That consistent performance at the front of the classroom gave us a worthwhile model as aspiring lawyers and – although some of us may not have been consciously thinking about it at the time – a model to emulate later in teaching law.”

Some brought that model right back to Penn Law, and built on it. Douglas N. Frenkel, W’68, L ‘72, practice professor and clinical director at Penn Law, has overseen the development of Penn Law’s nationally renowned clinical program since 1980. “I derive a lot of satisfaction from having been able to build and grow something new and permanent that wasn’t in the curriculum here when I was a student,” says Frenkel. “Being an alum, with access to the Penn network in the profession and in Philadelphia, has itself helped me in my work in many ways. And having students of the caliber that Penn attracts is a luxury and an energizing factor that is very easy to take for granted day-to-day but has been a big factor in my long-term happiness as a teacher.”

 
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