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Your Future Begins Here

Your Future Begins Here
The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School has been at the forefront of legal education for nearly two centuries, training lawyers for dynamic careers addressing today’s most urgent legal questions and anticipating emergent issues worldwide. Our alumni are changemakers, leveraging their Penn Carey Law experience to practice law, lead, and serve at the highest levels.

A national leader in interdisciplinary legal education, Penn Carey Law’s rigorous curriculum and experiential learning model prepares students to launch impactful careers in a wide variety of legal specialties and sectors. Our inclusive, vibrant community encourages students to take intellectual risks, explore innovative approaches, and collaborate to achieve unrivaled scholarly impact.


Out of College One or More Years
Advanced Degrees
Students of Color
LGBTQ+ Students
First Generation College
First Generation Professional School
Average Age
75th Percentile
25th Percentile

Meet the Class

Members of the Class of 2026 come from 34 states, the District of Columbia, and across the globe (including Canada, China, South Korea, United Kingdom, and Vietnam), and 122 undergraduate colleges and universities, with 60 different undergraduate majors, 29% of which are STEM majors. Overall, the JD student body comes from 239 undergraduate institutions.

*This profile reflects the class as of August 31, 2023.

Your Future Begins Here

Learning Beyond The Classroom

A Cross-Disciplinary Education

We believe the next generation of lawyers must be superbly trained in law and have a robust grounding in business, communications, healthcare, technology, international studies, social work, education, and other related fields that complement and enhance their legal expertise.

Penn Carey Law’s cross-disciplinary academic programs are fully integrated with the University of Pennsylvania’s world-class institutions, including the Wharton School, Perelman School of Medicine, Fels Institute of Government, and six other partner schools. This collaboration provides our students with unparalleled opportunities to prepare for successful careers and engage with every major issue facing our society.

Learning Beyond The Classroom

Learning Beyond The Classroom

A Cross-Disciplinary Education

We believe the next generation of lawyers must be superbly trained in law and have a robust grounding in business, communications, healthcare, technology, international studies, social work, education, and other related fields that complement and enhance their legal expertise.

Penn Carey Law’s cross-disciplinary academic programs are fully integrated with the University of Pennsylvania’s world-class institutions, including the Wharton School, Perelman School of Medicine, Fels Institute of Government, and six other partner schools. This collaboration provides our students with unparalleled opportunities to prepare for successful careers and engage with every major issue facing our society.

Learning Beyond The Classroom

Class of 2023


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From clinical legal studies and field placements to the Legal Practice Skills program, Penn Carey Law’s experiential learning opportunities enhance the JD curriculum and empower students to experience what it means to be a lawyer. As early as their second year, students can choose from an array of courses to explore practice areas, apply their analytical skills, and work with clients in real-life legal settings.

The Gittis Legal Clinics, the Law School’s teaching law firm, puts students on the front lines of representing clients with complex legal concerns under the close supervision of dedicated seasoned attorneys. Students can also choose from numerous field placements and externships at governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations to train in a wide variety of legal work outside the Law School. Explore legal clinics and externship opportunities →

The Legal Practice Skills program involves year-long simulation courses that teach fundamental lawyering skills through case studies, hypothetical exercises, and real-world lawyering assignments.

Real-World Career Success

Real-World Career Success
Penn Carey Law graduates lead in all corners of the global legal market, including private practice, government, public interest, business/industry, clerkships, and more. We provide comprehensive career support to our students and alumni, enabling graduates to forge unique and fulfilling careers. Whatever your path, our experienced counselors in the Office of Career Strategy can help you understand the possibilities, explore your interests, and achieve your career goals.

Penn Carey Law’s Future of the Profession Initiative (FPI) leads essential, forward-thinking interdisciplinary discourse on the dynamic forces driving change in the legal profession. The Future of the Profession Lab tackles emerging issues in the profession and applies human-centered design to solve complex problems within the U.S. legal system. Explore the Future of the Profession Lab →

Employment Statistics


of the Class of 2022 graduates

are either employed or enrolled in full-time graduate studies

students and alumni

received judicial clerkships in the last five years

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Law Firm
Judicial Clerkships
Public Interest

*Other includes AL, AZ, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, LA, MA, MO, NC, OH, OR, VA

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An Ethos of Service

An Ethos of Service
Our vibrant community views service as a core value and responsibility. Home to one of the first pro bono requirements in the country, Penn Carey Law centers pro bono as an integral, galvanizing aspect of legal education. Moreover, we encourage students to incorporate service into their professional identities, regardless of career path, sector, or legal specialty.

The Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC) houses the Law School’s pro bono program and oversees robust programming to support students’ development as practice-ready, civically engaged leaders who embrace service. All JD students engage in a 70-hour pro bono program and can take advantage of exceptional learning opportunities through more than 20 student-led pro bono projects across six practice areas and a Mobile TEAMS Initiative that connects students to clients near and far.

TPIC also works closely with students and alumni interested in leveraging their law degrees to effect positive change. Flagship initiatives like the Toll Public Interest Scholars, the Toll Public Interest Fellows, and the TolLRAP loan repayment program ensure Penn Carey Law graduates can actualize their public interest goals.

The Leo Model Foundation Government Service & Public Affairs Initiative prepares students for leadership in government and policymaking, and the Cozen Family Voting Rights Fellowship supports graduates working to advance and protect voting rights.

350+ national and international pro bono community partners
10% of graduates launch careers in public interest and government
8 full-time staff members dedicated to pro bono and public interest programs
90% or more of each graduating class exceeds the pro bono requirement
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Pioneering Scholarship

Pioneering Scholarship
Pioneering Scholarship
Penn Carey Law faculty are among the most influential voices in law. As experts in law and technology, administrative law, corporate law, health law, national security, intellectual property, human rights, and many other areas, our faculty enact positive change in the classroom and the greater world. Explore faculty headlines →

Faculty engage policymakers on issues ranging from regulation to international law and expand students’ knowledge and experience through innovative courses and collaborative cross-disciplinary research.

Our 10 centers and institutes cultivate cutting-edge legal research and position Penn Carey Law at the helm of thought leadership on today’s most pressing legal issues. Discover our academic centers and institutes →

Academic Centers
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A Global Legal Education

A Global Legal Education
All Penn Carey Law students enjoy myriad opportunities to explore academic and professional interests around the globe.

Partnerships with premier institutions like the London School of Economics, Sciences Po, Hong Kong University, and Hebrew University offer students cross-cultural experiences and a deeper engagement with foreign law.

Signature programs such as our Global Research Seminars provide rich international learning experiences covering a wide range of cutting-edge legal topics. The Law School’s robust selection of 45+ courses on international, foreign, and comparative law empower students to pursue a global legal education without even leaving Philadelphia.

Our students engage with distinguished international scholars and influential global leaders, take part in internationally focused research projects and fact-finding missions, and participate in conferences, consortia, and symposia around the world.

Penn Carey Law will prepare you to break new paths, challenge assumptions, and engage with today’s most pressing global issues. Discover Penn Carey Law’s global connections →

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A Collegial Culture

A Collegial Culture
Penn Carey Law is known for our collegial, collaborative community. Our faculty, staff, and students strive to cultivate a culture that affirms diverse identities and lets students truly own their law school experience. Penn Carey Law alumni are deeply engaged with the Law School and regularly support student work, such as annual symposia.

Law school is rigorous yet rewarding. Life at Penn Carey Law is supportive, encouraging, and dynamic—a place where you can fully develop your personal and professional potential.

Penn Carey Law’s small classes mean our students enjoy individual attention and support from faculty and staff, and our students and genuinely encourage and celebrate each other’s success.

Our Inclusive Community

Our Inclusive Community
Penn Carey Law celebrates the wide range of lived and professional experiences that every individual brings to our community. We learn from one another in classrooms and through scholarly collaboration, student groups, journals, programs, and pro bono projects.

The Office of Equity & Inclusion (E&I) is a partner for students, staff, faculty, and alumni in advancing inclusive excellence. E&I offers programming, workshops, and resources to support all members of the Penn Carey Law community in developing the professional skills and substantive knowledge necessary to engage on matters of equity and justice, cultivate meaningful community, and nurture a deep sense of belonging for all.

E&I also works closely with members of communities that have been historically underrepresented in the legal profession to ensure access, equity, and support.

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Our Inclusive Community

Thrive in Philadelphia

Thrive in Philadelphia
The birthplace of the United States, Philadelphia is an international city with convenient access to Washington, D.C., and New York City. Attending Penn Carey Law puts you in the midst of everything Philadelphia has to offer, from its revolutionary roots to award-winning restaurants.

Boasting a 9,200-acre park system, Philadelphia is home to idyllic settings such as Penn’s Morris Arboretum and Fairmount Park. Sports fans, artists, and music enthusiasts flock to the city, where the next world-class performance, gallery, or championship game is a short walk or subway ride away.

The city’s historical neighborhoods and diverse communities blend small-town warmth with the energy of an urban center on the East Coast. A city where people enjoy sharing their traditions with newcomers, Philadelphia is a place you can make your own.

Financing Your Education

Financing Your Education
Penn Carey Law is fully invested in your future. The Law School is committed to guiding applicants through the financial aid process and helping students develop a sound financial plan for their legal education.

We provide generous assistance to qualified students through a variety of grants, scholarships, and loans. Penn Carey Law also offers targeted support for students who demonstrate a commitment to public interest, as well as a loan repayment assistance program for graduates entering public interest careers. Students also may be eligible for federal and private loans.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes
Penn Carey Law’s program of legal education, combining our rich, interdisciplinary curriculum, varied co-curricular activities, and pro bono responsibilities, prepares our students for admission to the bar and to serve as effective, ethical, and responsible members of the legal profession. Each student will be able to do the following:

Demonstrate a core knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law in a number of different subject areas;

Engage in legal analysis and reasoning, conduct efficient and effective legal research, apply problem-solving skills, and present findings, analyses, and recommendations efficiently and effectively in both written and oral communication;

Work collaboratively;

Demonstrate an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of law and the contributions and benefits to legal analysis and problem-solving that other disciplines can make;

Exercise proper professional judgment and fulfill ethical responsibilities to clients, the profession, and society in general; and

Utilize a range of professional skills that facilitate active, competent, and ethical participation in the legal profession.

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