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Student Application

There are few opportunities for law students to have an impact on society. Penn Law’s Supreme Court Clinic is one of them.  

In the words of one clinic student, the clinic gives students “an amazing opportunity to help with actual Supreme Court litigation while still in law school.”  As another student put it, “[i]n the class and in the Clinic you can watch your own work get a lot stronger.” 

Penn Law students interested in the Supreme Court Clinic for the following academic year must send an email titled “Application for Supreme Court Clinic” to the SupremeCourtClinic@law.upenn.edu by April 19. Rising third-year students who are contemplating committing to other extracurricular activites (such as a law journal board, moot court board, or legal writing instructorship) and need to plan ahead may apply early by February 1 and may receive an answer by February 15.


Please include in your email:

  • A one-page statement of why you are interested in the Clinic and how this clinic fits into your educational or career plans.
  • A one-page resume highlighting any appellate or other legal research and writing experience, as well as any extracurricular activities and commitments.
  • An unofficial law school transcript.
  • An optional writing sample that has not been edited by others, such as a draft appellate brief or research memorandum.
  • Please indicate whether you are able to spend an optional 5 hours per week over the summer helping to identify potential cases for the clinic.

Twelve students will be admitted to the Clinic based on their academic and writing performance (especially their performance in legal writing and on their Keedy Cup moot court briefs, which clinic instructors will review) and statements of interest. Rising third-year students will receive preference.

Spots in the distinct Supreme Court Practice and Process Seminar will be allocated later in the summer through the usual limited-enrollment lottery. Clinic applicants are strongly encouraged (though not required) to take the seminar as well and should indicate in their clinic applications whether they intend to do so. Students who apply and are admitted to the clinic and seminar may not ordinarily drop those courses.

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