What was the LSAT score range for admitted applicants this past year?
The 50 percentile LSAT range for applicants admitted to the Penn Law class of 2007 is 166-171.
Does your staff offer evaluative interviews?
We do not offer evaluative interviews.
Let’s talk about waitlists. How many applicants do you anticipate will end up on the waitlist for at least some part of the year? How many of them will be eventually accepted off of the waitlist and what advice would you like to share with any waitlisted applicant who happens to come across this interview transcript?
The number of applicants initially waitlisted, and the number of waitlisted applicants who are offered admission (if any) varies greatly from year to year at Penn Law. Waitlisted applicants are encouraged to provide one or two additional supporting documents to their file, such as an additional letter of recommendation or an additional essay or personal statement. While we encourage applicants on the waitlist to express their continuing interest in Penn, constant communication with the office, either via email or phone, will not improve their chances for admission. We also do not offer any interviews or appointments to waitlisted candidates.
How are re-applicants viewed by Penn Law and what do they need to do to be successful the second time around?
Re-applicants are not viewed any differently than other applicants during the committee process. However, it should be noted that candidates are unlikely to be admitted unless there is some significant change since their previous application.
Does your staff re-examine their previous application(s)?
Included in any re-applicant’s file will be their previous application.
Each year Penn Law receives a certain number of transfer applicants. What advice would you like to give to these applicants?
Each year, Penn Law enrolls a limited number of students with advanced standing who have achieved superior records at other law schools. The transfer application process at Penn Law is highly competitive. The most important factor in the review process for transfer applicants is their first year performance in law school. It is also important that transfer applicants submit letters of recommendation from law professors at their current school who can speak to their academic performance and potential.
Describe how the financial aid process works and what admitted students can expect in terms of scholarships, assistantships, and loan guarantees.
While Penn Law has a very generous financial aid program (more than eighty percent of our student body receives some form of financial assistance), we want applicants to understand this commitment and to make wise choices about how they will fund their legal education. To fund their Law School Education, students might receive:
- Penn Law financial aid in the form of grants. Need-based grants range from $1,000 to $22,000 per year.
- Loan funds from Penn Law, the University, or one of the federal government programs such as Stafford and Perkins.
- Private loan funds from commercial lenders.
- Scholarships from a wide array of organizations that support law students nationally.
- A Penn Law merit scholarship. Merit Scholarships include our prestigious Wilson Fellowship Program, Levy Scholars, Silverman-Rodin Scholars, Torys Scholars, and Dean’s Scholars. These scholarships range from $5,000 to $70,000 and are awarded by the Admissions Committee based on academic achievement, leadership, and service. All students admitted to Penn Law are considered for merit scholarships; a separate application is not required. A complete description of each of our scholarships may be found athttp://www.law.upenn.edu/prospective/jd/scholarsprogram.html.