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Anna Han

Hometown:

Allentown, PA

Class Year:

2015

Prior Education:

B.S. Bioengineering, Penn State University

Professional experience prior to Law School:

I taught high school math in Memphis, TN, as a 2010 Teach For America corps member. During undergrad, I also worked for a year as an R&D co-op for a consumer pharmaceutical company.

What I Am Hoping to Do with My Law Degree:

I am interested in intellectual property law, but I’d like to get some summer experience to make sure it’s the right path for me. Who knows what the next two-and-a-half years will bring anyway? Eventually, I think I would like to end up in-house.

My Best Experience at Penn Law:

Just one? The official kickoff event at the National Constitution Center was definitely memorable and moving. What I love about Penn Law is really the ongoing programming from lunch speakers to service or career development events that continue to inspire me and reinforce why I am here.

Professor Who Influenced Me Most:

Professor Struve does a great job of breaking down the complexities of Civil Procedure to make it manageable for us 1Ls. Her own knowledge of the subject is incredible; I marveled at how she always seemed to have an immediate answer to anyone’s question. She is also very approachable and clearly enjoys interacting with students.

My Favorite Course:

Legal Writing is the only course that has ongoing assignments, and I liked that I received actual feedback on how I was doing and could see my own skills build throughout the semester. The work is also very relevant to the summer work that most 1Ls will probably be doing: researching and writing memos or briefs.

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

The joint degree opportunities here are plentiful, and the chance to pursue dual passions from two top schools was something I could not pass up. I will begin coursework in my 2L year for a master’s in education policy. The staff at both Penn Law and the Graduate School of Education have been extremely helpful to me in navigating how scheduling and financing of these dual degrees will work.

Meaningful Cross-disciplinary Experience at Penn:

I have been able to hear speakers from all areas of research I have an interest in, from education to law to neuroscience, both at the law school and in the greater Penn community. Many professors at Penn Law also hold joint appointments in other departments; I attended last year’s Higginbotham Lecture where Professor (of Law and Sociology, among other subjects) Dorothy Roberts, spoke about the social, political, and biological constructs of race.

How has Penn Law’s collegial environment affected your legal education?

Law school is hard enough without having to worry about competition among classmates. The more people you have in your corner supporting you, the better this whole experience will be. I was lucky to have made friends with people during Orientation who turned out to be in my section, and we’ve been in a study group together all semester.
Penn has also provided many opportunities for 1Ls to have 2L and 3L mentors, through the Morris Fellows and various student organizations. My mentors have been beyond generous with their time and have always been willing to impart their wisdom about classes, professors, the summer job search, pro bono, etc.

My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:

My cohort went to a Sixers game with our mentor, Professor Klick, and it turned out the halftime entertainment was the Beale Street Flippers from Memphis! It was a great and unexpected blending of my former home and my current one.

What I’m Most Proud Of:

Surviving my first law school exams!

My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Post-Acceptance Committee

What I Did For Public Interest:

I have volunteered with the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition for the Penn Law Immigration Rights Project. I also completed judicial bypass training for the Reproductive Rights Project.

My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:

When the weather is nice, I enjoy strolling across campus on Locust Walk or Woodland Walk and feeling like an undergrad again! I also have my favorite alcove in the law school where I can usually be found reading whenever I don’t have class.

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