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Steve Stoute Jr.


Hometown: Arouca, Trinidad

Class Year:


Prior Education :

Seton Hall University BS 04
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill MS 07

Professional Experience Prior to Law School:

University of Southern California – NCAA Life Skills Coordinator
Princeton University – Assistant Director, Princeton Varsity Club
Princeton University – Capital Giving Officer

What I Am Hoping to Do with My Law Degree:

I have accepted a position as an associate at Dechert Price & Rhoads LLP in their Philadelphia office.

My Best Experience at Penn Law:

My best experience thus far was the opportunity to hear from distinguished jurists, including Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Professor Who Influenced Me Most:

Professor Tess Wilkinson-Ryan. She took the time to discuss my career aspirations, share her professional and educational experiences, as well as provide insightful feedback on how I could maximize the opportunities available Penn.

My Favorite Course:

Corporations with Professor David Skeel. Professor Skeel is brilliant and makes very difficult material easy to understand. The class material is current and very interesting, and the discussions are wide ranging and informative.

An Example of How the Law School’s Cross-disciplinary Approach Influences My Legal Education:

The Penn commitment to cross-disciplinary study of the law has resulted in incredible panel discussions and programs that expose students to a variety of accomplished professionals.

Meaningful Cross-disciplinary Experience at Penn:

The most meaningful cross-disciplinary experience has been the opportunity to interact with our colleagues at Wharton through co-curricular and social activities.

Penn Law is known for its collegial environment Why is collegiality important to a legal education?  How has it affected your legal education?

The law is not applied in a vacuum and as such the study of law should not occur in isolation. Collegiality is important to a legal education because it provides for learning in an environment shaped by diverse opinions, and it teaches tolerance and respect for divergent views.

My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:

Attending Old City’s First Friday with a group of my classmates was an amazing way to explore the arts scene in Philadelphia.

What I’m Most Proud Of:

Being elected President of the Class of 2014 by my colleagues.

My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:

Council of Student Representatives, Black Law Students Association, Catholic Law Students Association, Post Acceptance Committee, Admissions Committee.

What I Did For Public Interest:

I taught legal principles to inmates in the Philadelphia prison system through the Penn Law Prisoner Education and Advocacy Project, and it was certainly one of the most rewarding experiences I have had yet. I also participated in the Legal Education Partnership, which allowed me to work closely with students at the Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School on governance issues.

My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:

Locust Walk allows you to watch the life of the campus in motion.

Why did you choose Penn Law?

I chose Penn Law because of the values espoused by the institution, which it has delivered on and further, it has far surpassed my expectations.