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Meet the JD Class of 2018

August 28, 2015

This week, Penn Law welcomed the JD Class of 2018, comprised of 239 students who will invest the Law School community with their diverse academic talents, professional experience, remarkable service, and impressive artistic gifts.

The members of the Law School’s newest class come from 28 states, the District of Columbia, and countries across the globe, including Canada, China, Ethiopia, Panama, South Korea, and Taiwan.

“The Class of 2018 comes from a range of academic, professional, and ideological backgrounds,” said Renée C. Post, Penn Law’s Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid. “They are academically accomplished, professionally savvy, intellectually curious, and diverse in every aspect.”

Penn Law received over 5,000 applicants for the Class of 2018 and admitted 19 percent of its applicants.

The members of the class range from 20 to 35 years old, with the average age being 24. Within the class, 34 percent identify as people of color, and 46 percent are women. The class also includes first-generation Americans, and first-generation college students — who are now also first-generation law students.

The Class of 2018 has shown itself to be committed, global citizens devoted to improving their communities and the world.

They include teachers at every level, both in the United States and abroad; Fulbright recipients; the co-founder of a company providing consulting services to hospitals and clinics in China and India; the founder and editor of a student-run website on diversifying discourse and enhancing intellectual diversity; the founder of a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans; a Fair Courts Project intern for Lambda Legal, and the owner of an award-winning food truck.

They also possess a vast range of professional experience, representing a wide array of careers. They include veterans, CPAs, journalists, health care analysts, community organizers, intelligence analysts, engineers, patent agents, research scientists, and a professional folk singer.

Along with their professional acumen, they also bring a spirit of intellectual adventurousness. The class includes a student pursuing a PhD in anthropology, along with students holding advanced degrees in accounting, business administration, classics, education, public health, social work, and Rabbinic and Talmudic studies.

And just as they’ve shown themselves to be gifted students in the classroom, they’ve also shown themselves to be outstanding leaders. The class includes captains of sports teams, student body presidents, college newspaper editors, an outdoor wilderness guide, and a flight instructor.

But beyond their accomplishments — in the classroom and in their communities — they also have had unpredictable and inspiring lives. Many are professional musicians, composers, actors, and screenwriters. One member of the class is an Olympic gold medalist and another is training for the Olympic trials. Students have summited Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Rainier. Another ran with the bulls in Spain.

For more information about the JD program and how to apply, please visit Penn Law Admissions.