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Meet the JD Class of 2021

August 30, 2018

This week, Penn Law welcomed the JD Class of 2021, comprised of 251 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 Australia, China, Canada, South Korea, Malaysia, and Zimbabwe.

“The Class of 2021 comes from a wide array of academic, professional, and ideological backgrounds.” said Renée C. Post, Penn Law’s Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid. “They are highly intelligent, intellectually adventurous, professionally accomplished, and dedicated to their communities.”  

Penn Law received more than 6,400 applicants for the Class of 2021 and admitted just 15 percent of its applicants.

Within the class, 36 percent identify as people of color, and 52 percent are women. 59 majors are represented in the class, with 11 percent coming from STEM backgrounds. The class represents a record 135 different undergraduate institutions, bringing an additional element of diversity to the varied backgrounds the students bring to Penn Law. The average age of the class is 25.

The Class of 2021 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, including Fulbright Scholars and alumni of Americorps and Teach for America. They have served in the Peace Corps, and in the United States Air Force, Navy, and Army. They have founded non-profits and fellowships, and nearly 60 percent have provided pro bono tutoring or served as mentors. 

They also possess a wide range of professional experience, representing a diverse assortment of careers. They include journalists, engineers, realtors, campaign managers, accountants, private equity analysts, legislative aides from both sides of the aisle, several EMTs, a nurse, a librarian, and a wilderness first responder.

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 college sports and mock trial teams, several undergraduate student body presidents, champion rowers, and many admissions volunteers and peer advisors. 

But beyond their accomplishments — in the classroom and in their communities — they also have had inspirational, often unpredictable, lives. They include career coaches, dancers, a glassblower, and a champion Gaelic footballer. Several are first generation Americans, and many are first generation college and law students. 

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