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Emily Kyle L’20

Emily plans to represent immigrant communities and hone her legal skills as she prepares for a career as an advocate for migrant rights. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in English and Psychology. As an honors student, she analyzed the divergent ways in which states apply international refugee laws domestically before advocating for a more equitable global approach. Emily’s experience studying abroad in Italy sparked her passion for exploring new cultures and following graduation she traveled to rural Japan and worked as an English teacher. Her experiences living and working in the markedly homogeneous society of Japan taught her to fully embrace the value of diversity within our own society and also the importance of protecting the rights of our nation’s immigrants.

At Penn Law, Emily has taken every opportunity to deepen her experience working with migrant communities. She is a Levy Scholar and has served as a case manager for the International Refugee Assistance Project and Research Director for Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project. Emily has also volunteered with International Human Rights Advocates and Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless. Emily spent her 1L summer as an intern with the Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme at Lawyers for Human Rights in Pretoria, South Africa. There she represented indigent migrant clients and assisted them in navigating the asylum process and accessing their constitutional rights.