Penn Law, nationally recognized for its Public Service Program, is also committed to assisting students and graduates who are interested in public service careers. We offer four Public Interest Scholarships each year (each worth more than $80,000 in tuition reimbursement) to students who have strong academic records and experience in public/community service, as well as a demonstrated commitment to a career in public interest. We also offer generous financial assistance through our Public Interest Loan Forgiveness Program to our graduates who work in public service. Additional information regarding our public interest funding and scholarships may be found at http://www.law.upenn.edu/psp/students/index.html.
How helpful do applicants generally find a campus visit?
We strongly encourage all candidates to visit Penn Law to become more familiar with the school and the University campus, see Philadelphia, and have the opportunity to attend the law class. We offer weekly information sessions, which include a class visit, tour, and discussion with an admissions officer, in the fall and winter months. Class visits are offered on a daily basis throughout the academic year. Prospective students are also welcome to take a self-guided tour of the Law School anytime during the year.
Do you have any special instructions or advice for applicants who wish to visit the Penn campus?
Applicants who wish to visit the law school should check our website (www.law.upenn.edu) for our Fall and Winter information session schedule and class visitation schedule.
Can you briefly describe the housing situation for your students?
Penn Law students can select from a wide array of housing options. Approximately 50 percent of the first year class typically lives in the Graduate Towers, the on campus living quarters for graduate and professional students. Those students looking to live off campus will find the rents surprisingly affordable and ample housing options near Penn and public transportation.
What distinguishes University of Pennsylvania Law School and its students?
In addition to our nationally-renowned public interest program, and our superior interdisciplinary curriculum, the characteristic of Penn Law that truly distinguishes it from other law schools is our commitment to a supportive community of students, faculty, and staff. We ask students who choose Penn Law to be a part of that community, contributing to its success — and to their own education and professional development — by exercising a spirit of collegiality, an appreciation of differences, and a willingness to engage colleagues and faculty in ways that acknowledge, respect, and even celebrate the many philosophic and experiential differences that appear in a community as rich in ideas and backgrounds as Penn Law.