University of Pennsylvania Law School

University of Pennsylvania Law School

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The University of Pennsylvania Law School leads the way among Philadelphia-area law schools in most categories, including bar pass rate, employment rate and post-graduate employment rate. And with a renewed focus on inter-disciplinary study and a major construction project soon to be completed, Penn Law looks to remain on top in years to come.

Its focus on inter-disciplinary includes the opportunity for students to enroll in up to four classes outside the law school that still count toward their law degree. Additionally, much of Penn Law’s faculty have education and training in other fields in addition to a J.D.

The centerpiece to Penn Law’s cross-disciplinary approach to legal education is the more than 20 joint-degree programs offered on campus. Students can pursue degrees in both a graduate program and J.D. concurrently, and often save a year of classroom work by doing so.

Penn Law is the most diverse school in the Philadelphia area and embraces a collegial and supportive atmosphere among its students. The school prides itself on providing a supportive environment for students to succeed. Part of that environment will be a brand new building, Golkin Hall, set to open in January 2012. The facility will complement other renovations on the Penn Law campus and will link all four law buildings and courtyard.

However, an education at Penn Law doesn’t come cheap, more than double the lowest resident tuition rate in Philadelphia.

Published Fall 2011

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75th Percentile
25th Percentile
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$20000
Percent receiving grants46.30%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 98.00%
NJ Employment96.4
Bar Passage
Academic Profile
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Tax Law
Technology Law