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Preparing for Public Leadership and Government Service at Penn Law

March 08, 2019

The Leo Model Foundation Government Service & Public Affairs helps Penn Law fulfill the school’s commitment to public service. In this video, watch how the Initiative inspires and supports students interested in becoming leaders in the policymaking arena through its extensive experiential learning opportunities and fellowship programs.



Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Director, of the Penn Program on Regulation, and faculty chair of the Initiative: The University of Pennsylvania Law School is very well suited for anyone interested in a future that involves public service. We have policy seminars, we have externships, we have all sorts of ways of engaging with the world of public policy and government service.

Neta Borshansky, Associate Director of Public Sector Careers and Director of Government Programs: Through the government program we are working to inspire students to take their talents into the public sector and to be government lawyers, to be leaders within government, whether that means local government, state government, or federal government.

JilLon Li L’20: Not only did the US Attorney’s Office provide me with the training that I needed to understand investigation, interacting with FBI agents, but also what was necessary to  learn how to prepare for trial.

Coglianese: We bring policy leaders to campus through our Distinguished Policy Fellows Program. We’ve had heads of government agencies, we have brought former members of Congress, sitting members of Congress, White House officials who come and speak with our students.

Sozi Tulante, Policy Fellow and Lecturer in Law: It allows people to talk to lawyers who’ve been in government, to be advised by them, but also, if they’re thinking after those conversations they want to go into government to really see the impact they have and then they have doors that are open to them that otherwise wouldn’t be open.

Borshansky: What excites me every day is the opportunity to work with bright, ambitious, mission-driven students who want to contribute to society who want to make an impact.

Coglianese: We want to make sure that students from the University of Pennsylvania Law School have the background, the skills, and the exposure to what leadership in the government public sector means.