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Meet the JD Class of 2019

September 01, 2016

This week, Penn Law welcomed the JD Class of 2019, comprised of 244 students who will bring their academic gifts, professional acumen, outstanding service, and remarkable artistic talents to the Law School community.

The members of the Law School’s newest class come from 33 states, the District of Columbia, and countries across the globe, including Canada, China, and South Korea.

“The Class of 2019 comes from a variety of academic, professional, and ideological backgrounds,” said Renée C. Post, Penn Law’s Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid. “They are academically impressive, highly professional, intensely curious, and diverse in every respect.”

Penn Law received nearly 5,600 applicants for the Class of 2019 and admitted 17 percent of its applicants.

The members of the class range from 20 to 34 years old, with an average age of 24. Within the class, 37 percent identify as people of color, 50 percent are women, and 11 identify as first-generation college students. 62 majors are represented in the class with fully 10 percent coming from STEM backgrounds.

The Class of 2019 has shown itself to be made up of global citizens committed to improving their local communities, along with communities around the world.

They include teachers at every level, both in the United States and abroad; Fulbright recipients; members of the Peace Corps; Teach for America alumni, a protection officer and legal coordinator for Syrian refugees in Lebanon; a police officer; a legal assistant at the Alliance for Children’s Rights, a legal advocate for the Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project, a Civilian Complaint Review Board investigator, the founder of a hospice for terminally ill patients, and the special advisor and director of special projects for the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the State Department.

They also possess a wide range of professional experience, representing a diverse assortment of careers. They include veterans, CPAs, private equity analysts, journalists, engineers, entrepreneurs, intelligence analysts, community organizers, patent agents, and a professional ballet dancer.

And just as they’ve shown themselves to be talented professionals, they’ve also shown themselves to be outstanding leaders. The class includes captains of sports teams, college newspaper editors, student body presidents, peer advisors, tutors, and orientation leaders.

But beyond their accomplishments — in the classroom and in their communities — they also have had inspirational, often unpredictable, lives. They include the co-founder of an organic energy drink start up, a pilot, a rabbi, a cyber-crime analyst, a park ranger, a mountain climber, and a Major League Baseball pitcher.

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