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Monisha Bhayana


Buffalo, NY

Class Year:


Prior Education:

Barnard College, B.A. Psychology

Professional experience prior to Law School:

None, straight from undergrad! In college I worked for Jumpstart preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and had an internship at a theatre school for kids.

What I Am Hoping to Do with My Law Degree:

I hope to eventually work in the field of Entertainment Law. I’d also like to continue to do pro bono work so I can use my degree to help those in need.

My Best Experience at Penn Law:

My best experience so far was meeting all of my classmates during Orientation week.  I didn’t know anyone in the area when I first came to Philadelphia and I was definitely nervous about finding my place here.  All of the events Penn planned for us from the Phillies game to the public service project to dinner at the National Constitution Center helped us bond as a class and set the tone for the rest of the year.  I made so many great friends and made me certain that I had chosen the right place to spend the next three years.

Professor Who Influenced Me Most:

Professor Amy Wax, my Civil Procedure professor, has made me a better student and a tougher person.  Her extremely severe approach to the Socratic Method was no doubt intimidating but I’ve learned that she only does it because she knows what we’re capable of.  I’ve learned how to speak with conviction and present my thoughts in a clear way.  Plus now I have bragging rights that I survived her class!

My Favorite Course:

My favorite course was Legal Writing because it was nice to be able to work with other students and to do more hands-on work rather than focusing just on theory like in the rest of the 1L curriculum.

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

My Contracts professor, Professor Wilkinson-Ryan, has a background in psychology that she infuses into a lot of our discussions.  It’s been interesting to see how the two topics can intersect, particularly with my own background in psychology.

Meaningful Cross-disciplinary Experience at Penn:

The joint degree and certificate fair was great because it showed all the opportunities available here at Penn.

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

Law school has a reputation for being an extremely competitive and harsh environment. One of the main reasons I chose to come to Penn was because it goes against this trend.  Everyone is always willing to help each other out or just stop and have a friendly conversation.  Countless 2Ls and 3Ls have given me outlines and advice on study tips and applying for jobs.  1L year can be hard so having people around who are going through it with you and can help make studying fun is invaluable.

My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:

My favorite Philadelphia moment was celebrating my 21st birthday with my friends at New Deck.

What I’m Most Proud Of:

Keeping my sanity throughout finals!

My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:

Light Opera Company, Penn Law Women’s Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Society (1L Representative), Post Acceptance Committee

What I Did For Public Interest:

I worked with Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless and the Special Education Pro Bono Project.

My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:      

The law school courtyard is a great place to unwind between classes and get some fresh air while catching up with friends.