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Highlights of Penn Law’s Transformation During Dean Fitts’ Tenure

October 28, 2010

Faculty

• Added 17 endowed professorships
• Increased standing faculty and practice professors from 34 to 49

Curriculum & Academic Programs

• Doubled seminars and courses beyond the first year (since 2001)
• Coordinated the Law School calendar with the University’s, fostering cross-disciplinary education
• National Constitution Center Visiting Fellows Program (2001)
• 4 New Institutes:

  • Criminal Law Research Group (2003)
  • Center for Tax Law and Policy (2007)
  • Penn Program on Regulation (2007)
  • Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition (2008)

• Supreme Court Clinic (2009)

Cross-Disciplinary Programs

• Joint Degrees:

  • JD/MS in Environmental Studies, JD/MS in Public Health, JD/DESS (Sciences Po) (2004)
  • JD/MA in Criminology, JD/MA in International Studies (2005)
  • JD/MSEd in Education Policy, JD/MSEd in Higher Ed (2007)
  • 3-year JD/MBA (2008)
  • JD/LLM double degree with Hong Kong University (2010)

• Certificates:

  • Environmental Policy, Environmental Science (2004)
  • Penn Law Certificate in Law for MD, PhD, and Masters candidates (2006)
  • Middle East and Islamic Studies (2007)
  • East Asian Studies (2008)
  • Cross-Sector Innovation (2009)

International Programs

  • Waseda Study Abroad Program (2003)
  • Office of International Programs (2005)
  • ESADE, Tel Aviv Study Abroad Program (2006)
  • Transnational Legal Clinic (2006)
  • International Summer Human Rights Fellows Program (ISHRF) (2006)
  • Bok International Visiting Scholars Program (2007)
  • Annual Leon C. Holt, Jr. Lecture in International Law (2007)
  • Certificate: East Asian Studies (2008)
  • New Position: Deputy Dean for International Affairs (2010)
  • Penn Law International Internship Program (2010)

Admissions & Financial Aid

  • 78% increase in applications from 3,391 in 2000 to 6,022 in 2010
  • Decrease in acceptance rate to 14% of applicant pool from 29%
  • 6% increase in students of color to 35%
  • Median LSAT increased to 97th percentile from 92nd percentile
  • Median GPA up to 3.85 from 3.5
  • Scholarship aid increased 137%
  • Added 57 scholarships/scholarship programs
  • Levy Scholars Program (2003)

Student Organizations & Programs

  • Tripled mock court/mock trial support
  • 2003 - Dean’s Speakers Fund
  • Realized a four-fold increase in conferences, panels and speakers through expanded support for student organizations
  • Refocused and expanded Penn Law’s student journals: Journal of Business Law, Journal of International Law, Journal of Law & Social Change
  • Center on Professionalism (2008)

Public Interest

  • Toll Repayment Assistance Program (TollRAP) (2006)
  • Public Interest Week (2007)
  • Cohen Public Interest Fellowship (2008)
  • Pro bono student projects increased to 18 from 12 (since 2008)
  • Expanded funding for public interest summer employment (2008)
  • Expanded Toll Repayment Assistance Program (2009)
  • New postgraduate public interest fellowship (2009)
  • Two new postgraduate public interest fellowships (2010)

Law School Renovations / Building

  • Gittis Classrooms (2005)
  • Dedication of Gittis Hall (2006)
  • Tanenbaum - classrooms added to Library and administrative spaces enhanced (2006)
  • Faculty Lounge enlarged (2007)
  • Silverman Ground Floor - new student study & collaboration spaces (2008)
  • Golkin Hall groundbreaking (2010)
  • Goat Lounge renovations (2010)

Development

  • Increased the endowment to $200 million from $75 million
  • Raised over $150 million of the $175 million goal of the Bold Ambitions Campaign (started in 2006)
  • Supported the creation of 20 alumni clubs, including an international presence in Asia, Europe and South America, plus five affinity clubs
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