Rachel Kabat L’25
Rachel Kabat is a 2L from Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the University of Rochester, graduating in 2021 with BAs in East Asian Studies and English: Language, Media, and Communication, as well as a Literary Translation Certificate in Japanese. In the following year, Rachel completed an AmeriCorps year at the Welcome Co-op, part of a network of refugee resettlement agencies located in Atlanta. She also spent time volunteering at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, a museum dedicated to the domestic Civil Rights and international human rights movements.
Over her AmeriCorps experience, Rachel learned of the complex situations migrants experienced throughout their journeys and witnessed firsthand the legal barriers they faced after arriving in the United States. Her decision to apply to law school reflected an interest in obtaining the qualifications necessary to understand the realities underlying international migration and to apply this knowledge to aid those forced to flee their homes.
At Penn, Rachel is a board member with the International Refugee Assistance Project and the International Law Society at Penn. She is also president of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and an Associate Editor on the Law Review. Over her 1L summer, she worked in immigration and asylum law with the Survivors of Torture program at IRC in Denver, a refugee resettlement agency.