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What is the Center on Professionalism?

The Center on Professionalism supports Penn Law students by designing programs that will prepare them for success as professionals in an evolving legal landscape. 

The mastery of the following skills will be critical to success in any modern professional environment:

  • Confident and Purposeful Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Mastery of Executive Technology Skills
  • Personal Productivity and Effectiveness
  • High-Level Strategic Thinking
  • Team Dynamics
  • Self-care and Resilience

Jennifer Leonard L’04 and Claudia Toro are the dynamic duo who execute the Center on Professionalism’s programs.

 

Is COP programming mandatory?

There are two types of COP programming.

  1. Mandatory: All 1L students must attend 4 Professionalism Cohort Meetings throughout the year and at least one Penn Law Practices: Nuts and Bolts session during the spring semester of 1L year.
  2. Other Opportunities: These COP programs are open to all students and take place throughout the year, covering a variety of themes. They are not mandatory, and registration is required. Seating for some programs is limited. Students will receive more information about each program by email.

What is the COP Certificate in Technology?

The ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct now require that lawyers “keep abreast of changes to the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associate with technology.”

Penn Law students have the opportunity to begin their professional education in technology and signal these skills to employers by earning COP’s Certificate in Technology.

Students can earn this certificate by participating in at least four COP “technology” programs and corresponding skills assessments over the course of three years.

This certificate allows students to grow their professional skill set, develop tech competencies, become more efficient in practice, enhance client service and will make any lawyer’s personal and professional life easier.

Current courses: Microsoft Excel: Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced, Advanced Word and Adobe PDF.

 

Where can I find affordable professional dress?

A new lawyer’s professional wardrobe can take years to develop.  To help get you started, Penn Law’s Center on Professionalism is teaming up with Career Wardrobe.

This partnership ensures that every Penn Law student has access to stylish attire that inspires confidence during fall recruiting, employer events and all other professional occasions.
 
To schedule a free style consultation and a complimentary suit or other professional attire, including shoes and accessories, simply follow these three easy steps:

  1. Fill out a Career Wardrobe referral form.

  2. Schedule your appointment directly with Career Wardrobe.

  3. Take home your professional outfit.

Please email professionalism@law.upenn.edu if you would like to learn more about this opportunity and to receive an official referral form.