Name: Samar Jha
Hometown: Jamshedpur, India
Prior Education: Nalsar University of Law, Class of 2008
What I did before Law School: I was a corporate lawyer. I worked in couple of corporate law firms in India. Most of work was related to general corporate, aircraft leasing and financing, and banking and finance.
Why I chose Penn Law: One of the primary reasons for choosing Penn Law was interdisciplinary approach. Moreover, the emphasis on clinical legal education was one of main draws. Additionally, being one of the best in corporate law and intellectual property added to the advantage.
My best experience at Penn Law: Working at the Detkin IP Clinic. It was like my second home, I would say my first home. The amount of time I spent in the clinic
Professor who influenced me most: Professor Cynthia Dahl has been an inspiration for me. She is probably the best professor I have studied under. And probably the best supervisor a person can ask for when you working on transactions. Her clarity of legal thought and presentation is just brilliant. If I can achieve even 10% of what she has done, I would call myself lucky.
My favorite course: The Detkin IP Clinic and Cross Border M&A with Prof. Casey and Prof. Petepiece.
My favorite Philadelphia moment: Going for a run at the Schuylkill river trail towards the Philly Museum. It is one of the best places for running, and it is really beautiful. Then just walking across Penn Law there was one of my favorite watering holes the ‘New Deck Tavern’. Also, watching Philadelphia 76ers beating the Washington Wizards. Having the delicious lamb over rice at a gyro truck stand at 34th and Market. Old Philly is a good place to just venture out. The Reading Terminal Market in one of the nicest places to be.
What I am most proud of: Actively participating in classes and contributing to the class regularly.
My extracurricular activities at Penn Law: I spent most of the time working at the Clinic for my clients. So I would say that was one of my major extracurricular activities
My favorite place of activity on the University Campus: The courtyard during Spring, and the Goat during winters.