Corina Scott L’22
Corina sees her law degree as a mechanism for social change. She hopes to use her legal career to promote and defend the rights of incarcerated persons and to combat mass incarceration and the structural oppression that fuels it. Corina graduated from Villanova University summa cum laude with a B.A. in English. While in college, Corina interned at several advocacy non-profits focused on transforming the criminal legal system including the Appalachian Prison Book Project, where she sent books to persons incarcerated in seven states and participated in a book club at a Federal Correctional Institution, the Pennsylvania Prison Society, where she monitored prison conditions and corresponded with incarcerated persons to provide legal referrals, resources, and re-entry support, and Sisters Returning Home, where she helped women recently released from prison secure housing, employment, and benefits.
Prior to law school, Corina also interned at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania in the legal intake unit, where she summarized legal complaints, made case recommendations, monitored bail hearings, and tracked criminal justice legislation. Corina also interned for a criminal defense attorney in Colorado where she managed discovery, reviewed witness transcripts, compiled mitigation materials, and observed court hearings. These internships heightened Corina’s commitment to combat mass incarceration and led her to apply to law school.
At Penn Law, Corina is a direct service fellow in the Youth Advocacy Project, where she advocates for young persons being prosecuted as adults. She is also involved in the Prison Legal Education Project which provides legal research workshops to persons incarcerated in SCI Phoenix. She is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, Public Interest Service Corps, and Penn Law Women’s Association.