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Introducing the Penn Law J.D. Class of 2012

September 04, 2009

The University of Pennsylvania Law School is welcoming 255 students as part of its Class of 2012, one of the most academically accomplished, talented and diverse group of students in the Law School’s history.

More than 6,230 students applied for admission. Of the 255 who are enrolled, 48 percent are women, 36 percent are students of color and they range in age from 20 to 35.  They come to Penn Law from 37 states, the District of Columbia and 101 colleges and universities.
Beyond the statistics, the Class of 2012 is filled with incredibly accomplished, talented and dedicated students.  For example:
  • The new students are already committed to the integration of knowledge across disciplines: they hold advanced degrees in education, environmental science, literature and divinity (among others), and they plan to pursue joint degrees in law and bioethics, business administration, international studies, social work and many more fields. 
  • They have worked for change globally and within local communities as teachers, Peace Corps volunteers and health educators.
  • The Class of 2012 includes artistic, clever and uncompromising voices: professional performers, college newspaper editors and a senior writer for President Obama’s transition team.
  • They are professional, poised and devoted to shared sacrifice and responsibility: several are commissioned officers in the Army, Navy and Marine Corp.
  • And they have followed unpredictable, amusing and inspiring journeys as a former NFL player, a champion baton twirler, and a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team.


Dean Michael A. Fitts and Renee Post, associate dean for admissions and financial aid, prepare to greet the Class of 2012 before an orientation dinner at the National Constitution Center.


Arlene Rivera Finkelstein (right), assistant dean and executive director of the Toll Public Interest Center, welcomes a new Penn Law student on the first night of orientation.



The new law students meet beneath the flags of the 50 states at the National Constitution Center.