University of Pennsylvania Law School

FACULTY AT A GLANCE

Student/Faculty
Ratio
Student/Faculty
Ratio Rank
Full-Time
Faculty
Full-Time
Faculty Rank
Female
Faculty
Female
Faculty Rank
Minority
Faculty
Minority
Faculty Rank
Class of 2014 Faculty 10.4:1 #15 62 #13 15 #34 8 #1

STUDENTS AT A GLANCE

Attrition Attrition Rank # of FT
Students
FT Class
Size Rank
Female
Students
Female
Students Rank
Minority
Students
Minority
Students Rank
Class of 2014 2.4% 60 266 42 - - 32.8% 49
All Students - - 805 42 47.4% 46 32.8% 49
 

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Penn actively recruits and hires faculty with a cross-disciplinary background. Fully 70% of its faculty holding an advanced, non-law degree and one-third holding dual appointments in other UPenn departments. Penn Law is rare among law schools in breaking down its faculty listings on its website by cross-disciplinary expertise, Faculty Secondary Appointments, and Secondary Appointsments to Penn Law, as well as more traditional full faculty and adjunct faculty breakdowns. The Law School also touts its geographic proximity to the financial and government capitals as sources of talented adjunct faculty and lecturers: “Philadelphia’s central location between New York City and Washington, D.C. enables us to attract top governmental leaders, members of the judiciary, practicing attorneys, and business leaders – all luminaries in their respective fields – as adjuncts and lecturers to supplement our core curriculum and present a variety of special lectures and symposia.” (Penn Law Website) Taken together, Penn Law faculty are “leading scholars in every major area of legal study” and “are actively engaged in the issues of the day – with print and broadcast media seeking their counsel and expertise.” (Penn Law Website)

Penn Law boasts a strong commitment broad-based diversity, and it has the numbers to back it up: “In a typical year, J.D. students come from more than 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and numerous foreign countries, and from more than 100 undergraduate institutions. Additionally, Penn Law welcomes some 70 to 80 internationally trained lawyers to our graduate programs. These students participate fully in the Law School, adding an international component to classroom discussion and providing opportunities to form relationships with lawyers from all over the globe.” (Penn Law Website)

This diverse student body has numerous extracurriculars with which to occupy their time, from journals (including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review) to moot court and trial competitions (including the Jessup International Moot Court Team and the Penn Law Mock Trial Team) to affinity groups (including the Asian Pacific American law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, Lambda Law, and the Penn Law Women’s Association, among others) to cross-disciplinary groups that support Penn Law’s cross-disciplinary studies (including the Environmental Law Project and the Penn Intellectual Property Group) to Social Groups (like the Iron Chef Club, the Law Revue and the Penn Law Wine & Food Club) to numerous sports groups (including the Penn Law Basketball League, the Penn Law Bowling Club, and the Penn Law Tennis Club) to special interest groups (including the Federalist Society, the Equal Justice Foundation, and Penn Law for Reproductive Justice) to student organizations and government (including the Council of Student Representatives, the Graduate and Professional Assembly, and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity), to student-run pro-bono projects (including the Guild Food Stamp Project, Penn Advocates for the Homeless, the Animal Law Project, and the Penn Law International Human Rights Advocates).

When it comes to student life, “At Penn Law, you will have the opportunity to engage not only in a vigorous legal education, but also in myriad student activities. You will be able to sing with the Light Opera Company, dance the salsa at a Latin Law Students Association party, participate in a joint event with Wharton, and eat international foods at the LL.M. students' ethnic foods celebration. You will be able to engage in politics – at the Law School or the University, in Philadelphia, or at the national level. You will find opportunities to work on the Equal Justice Foundation Auction, (raising money to fund students working in public sector jobs), or to bring speakers to campus through one of the many substantive area student groups such as the Intellectual Property Association, or to select films for the Feminist Working Group film series. Every year, students bring new ideas for enriching the life of our community – and they receive our support and encouragement for making them a reality.” (Penn Law Website)

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