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Power of Penn Law: Advocates for a New Era

October 15, 2018
Penn Law leads the nation in placing students in chosen legal careers and in training lawyers committed to public service and the advancement of a just society.

Our mission holds the greatest urgency. Penn Law prepares advocates for a new era, as technology, globalization and the dissolution of borders—real and virtual—redefine how the law is practiced. Challenges to the rule of law remind everyone why advocacy as a calling matters so much.

The Power of Penn Campaign will broaden access for students, while also alleviating burdensome debt. We will add faculty who are at the forefront of law’s newest frontiers, invest in our academic centers and experiential learning opportunities and redouble efforts to launch public-interest careers at a time when more of our students than ever want to apply their knowledge to create a more just world. 


Nick Hall L’18: We are at a critical moment in history.

Devin Troy L’18: Modern technologies and social demographic changes are causing disruption at every level of society, the economy, and the law.

Akbar Hossain L’18: The next generation of advocates and leaders will need new skills and experience to navigate these changes.

Nick Hall L’18: We are entering a new era …

Devin Troy L’18: … for our students, graduates, faculty, and partners in the Penn Law community. This moment presents an incredible opportunity …

Akbar Hossain L’18: … to position ourselves to attract and recruit the most promising and exciting students and faculty, … 

Devin Troy L’18: … to advance our leadership building the best legal academic program in the country, … 

Jamal Hill L’16: … and to prepare this generation of lawyers and leaders for the challenges of the next decade and beyond.

Nick Hal L’18: We are only as good as the good we bring to our community, so our first priority is access and opportunity.

Frank Broomell L’19: We must continue to find an enroll the best and the brightest from every background, perspective, …

Nick Hall L’18: … and walk of life.

Teddi Josephson L’19: This means expanding financial aid resources, grants, and scholarships.

Akbar Hossain L’18: The law governs and facilitates every transaction on earth, and as long as the majority of lawyers keep coming from similar backgrounds, there will continue to be populations without access.

Frank Broomell L’19: And for those of us who want to pursue careers in government and the public interest, we need more ways to get there.

Akbar Hossain L’18: Like many of my fellow students, I came to law school with a significant amount of undergraduate debt. If it weren’t for the financial aid provided by Penn Law, I might not be able to provide legal services to immigrant communities in a city where I grew up, at least not for a while.

Jamal Hill L’16: The thing that attracted me most to Penn Law is just how deep the collaboration is with all of the other great schools on the Penn campus.

Devin Troy: We’re probably most known for our leadership interdisciplinary programs, and in this area we are doubling down.

Aaron Clarke L’19: You can’t just be a lawyer anymore you need to be able to look at problems as an entrepreneur, …

Devin Troy L’18: … a manager, …

Nick Hall L’18: an engineer.

Frank Broomell L’19: You need to have a depth of knowledge in the industries and issues you’re working on, not just where they are now, but even more importantly where they’re going. The law is only one part of that.

Nick Hall L’18: If there’s one thing I’ve learned this early in my career, is that to our clients we’re more than legal counsel.

Teddi Josephson L’19: We’re trusted advisers on all kinds of problems.

Devin Troy L’18: Beyond making sure our clients know what their risks and exposures are, we’re so much more valuable when we can contribute to helping them achieve their business objectives, that’s something that sets you apart. At Penn I was able to gain that experience working in the legal clinics.

Akbar Hossain L’18: There really is no substitute for working on real problems with real clients.

Frank Broomell L’19: When I was looking at how I’d fulfill my pro bono requirement, I was amazed at how many different types of opportunities there were. I was able to tailor my experience to exactly the areas of law I wanted to work in.

Jaemin Lee L’18: My background is in computer science and I know I want to practice in the tech sector, especially in still nascent areas like virtual reality and artificial intelligence. As part of the IP clinic I’ve been able to get a start here with a really exciting client of the virtual reality space, working on life-saving technology.

Nick Hall L’18: One of the most interesting experiential learning opportunities for a few of us in the Black Law Students Association is the opportunity to travel to Ghana this year for a Pan Africa service trip.

Aaron Clarke L’19: When I graduate I’ll be going into private practice, probably in the financial services or consulting sector, but as a veteran I know that I always want to be involved, on some level, in advocating for veterans issues.

Frank Broomell L’19: Penn law has been incredibly supportive on a number of initiatives we’ve undertaken for veterans, and I’m hopeful that someday we will even have an entire clinic devoted to veterans legal assistance.

Devin Troy L’18: Another opportunity that comes with our interdisciplinary strength and involvement in the community is research through the work of our faculty and affiliated centers and institutes. We’re really well-positioned to expand this part of our mission and discover insights around the law and technology, business, criminal justice reform, and health.

Nick Hall L’18: Our industry is undergoing seismic change and it’s an exciting time.

Akbar Hossain L’18: It’s time for Penn Law to prepare for this great challenge and opportunity.

Devin Troy L’18: Together we can advance our leadership in legal education.

Frank Broomell L’19: Together we will prepare the next generation of advocates who will lead us to a more just and prosperous society.

Nick Hall L’18: We are Penn Law. We are advocates for a new era.


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