Our students are sought after by a wide range of organizations, from government, to public interest, to private sector, to traditional law firms. Many students spend their first year after graduation in judicial clerkships and then work in firms or practice in the public or government sectors. Several years post-graduation, many graduates have proceeded to in-house careers or leadership roles in the business and non-profit sectors.
Our Fall and Spring On-Campus Recruiting Programs attract more than 300 employers annually from across the country. Our Regional Interview Programs are held in Northern and Southern California, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Texas and other locations, depending on interest. The Law School also coordinates the February Public Interest/Public Service Career Fair in downtown Philadelphia each year, which attracts regional, local and national public sector employers.
9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?
Beyond the obvious mistakes such as sending the wrong essay to the wrong school or submitting essays with grammatical or typographical errors, the most common mistake is an applicant's failure to approach his or her application holistically. For example, applicants may not address discrepancies in their applications such as poor academic performance during one semester of their undergraduate career, or may vaguely list experience on a résumé without explaining it adequately. Applicants should put themselves in the Admissions Committee's shoes and be sure to provide complete answers to any questions the Committee may have. Do any discrepancies stand out in the application? If so, be sure to address them. Does the application as a whole paint a picture of who the applicant is and what he or she will bring to the Penn Law community? If not, keep revising until you are confident that your application reflects who you are and what sets you apart.
10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?
Yes and no. Our students do share several common traits: they are curious, driven, and intellectually engaged both in and outside the classroom. They embrace (and help perpetuate) the Law School's culture of collegiality and cooperation. But beyond those similarities, our students don't fit any single profile—and this is no accident. At Penn Law we have been, are and will continue to be committed to diversity in our community. This commitment includes diversity in all of its manifestations: culture, intellectual perspective, philosophy, race, politics, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, work experience, and much more. Having a rich tapestry of people in our community enhances the process of legal education and contributes greatly to the Penn Law experience. For our Admissions Committee, this means seeking out students with diverse backgrounds and points of view, but who share a common commitment to contribute to the Law School's intellectual vitality and culture of collegiality and cooperation.