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Penn Law European Society (PLES)

Meet new friends and reconnect with old classmates and other alumni in the region through the Penn Law European Society!

2019 PLES Meeting: Porto, Portugal
July 19-21, 2019

More information coming soon!

PLES has reserved a block of rooms at the Torel Avantgarde . This hotel will be the “conference hotel” in that it will serve as a meeting point for group activities. Rooms are first come, first served.

Room rates:

EUR 220,00 (Classic room) including breakfast

EUR 245,00 (Executive room) including breakfast 

To take advantage of the reduced rates, rooms must be reserved by 19 April 2019! To reserve a room, please fill out this form and email it to the hotel at


If you would prefer to stay elsewhere, we recommend the Vincci Porto or Vila Galé Ribeira.

Please note that this conference is open to ALL alumni - LLMs and JDs alike (as well as partners and family). Alumni from outside Europe are welcome to attend too! 

History of PLES

Over 20 years ago, a small number of Penn Law LLM alumni met in London for dinner; after a few years they extended their gathering to include all European alumni. They later decided to organize a special Penn Law alumni weekend once a year, each time in a different European city.  And with that, the Penn Law European Society (PLES) and the annual PLES Meeting tradition was born.

Since then, from 40 to 80 alumni and guests meet for long weekends in beautiful locations from Antibes, Oxford, St. Petersburg, and Bologna to Hamburg, Lisbon, Vienna, Prague, and Edinburgh to name a few. From informal gatherings to gala dinners, city tours to academic discussions with local university and Penn Law representatives, the weekend is full of opportunities. Our alumni keep coming back to experience European cities as locals, develop new friendships, and catch up with colleagues.

Please contact Kim Benenhaley ( with questions or for more information.

Locations of previous and upcoming Annual PLES Meetings: