of the JD Class of 2021 graduated with a joint degree or certificate (or both)
The Power of Penn Law Campaign
Innovative curriculum. Transformative thinking. Cutting-edge scholarship. That’s the Power of Penn Law.
“Thanks to the Power of Penn Law, and the generosity of the W. P. Carey Foundation, the Robert and Jane Toll Foundation, and our committed and engaged Board of Advisors and alumni, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is fostering an innovative educational environment to train the lawyers and changemakers of tomorrow.”
Theodore W. Ruger, Dean &
Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law
The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is empowering its students to pursue impactful careers and catalyze positive change throughout the legal profession. As a direct result of the successful Power of Penn Law Campaign, Penn Carey Law is expanding cross-disciplinary opportunities through our innovative curriculum, increasing access to our first-class academic experience through financial aid, broadening pathways to service for students who will change the world for the better, and recruiting a diverse faculty roster of scholars engaged in cutting-edge legal thought. We couldn’t have done any of this without the support of our dedicated community – thank you.
Opening Doors to a Changing Profession.
Financial Aid has Increased
since the launch of the Power of Penn Law campaign.
Opening Doors to a Changing Profession.
Penn Carey Law is one of the most affordable law schools amongst its peers and, over the last five years, its tuition has increased at a much lower rate than its peers. In 2020-21 per capita costs of a University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School education dropped for the first time in at least a decade.
The Law School was also one of the few law schools in the country able to freeze tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year in recognition of students’ changed economic circumstances. This decision, coupled with a double-digit increase in financial aid and increased institutional funding to support students in their careers, gave the Law School the flexibility to prioritize the safety of its community and respond nimbly and creatively to an unprecedented crisis.
Bright minds. Brighter future.
“As a first-generation college graduate, the Law School provides for an invaluable and transformative legal experience, helping to fill a critical gap between my familial experience with higher education and the world of opportunities it affords.”
Trevor kirby l’23
ICON. Scholar. Trailblazer.
The Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander Scholarships, established in February 2021, pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander, the first Black woman to graduate from the Law School.
“[Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander’s] life exemplified interdisciplinary, intellectual curiosity and a deep commitment to public service. She was a true embodiment of Penn Carey Law’s values. With the Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander scholarships, the Law School honors her legacy and recognizes that a Black woman set an exemplary standard that people from all backgrounds should aspire to reach.”
Jocelyn A.K. Walcott L’22, Advocacy Chair of the Black Law Students Association
Expanding globally. Impacting THE world.
Increased scholarship support for international students is helping to strengthen Penn Carey Law’s rich and diverse community and offering new perspectives to complex legal issues. Meanwhile, Penn Carey Law students have more opportunities than ever to directly engage withvthe international legal community through enhanced resources for travel—including fellowships, Global Research Seminars, and new collaborative partnerships with law schools across the globe.
Betha Igbinosun LLM’20 SJD’23 (pictured) and classmates in Professor Eric Feldman’s fall 2019 Global Research Seminar, Robot Revolution: Legal, Ethical and Policy Challenges of Robotics in the US and Japan, traveled to Japan to meet with industry leaders and learn more about the rapidly evolving legal, ethical and regulatory climate surrounding robotics.
Anna spent her 1L summer working in the Division of Enforcement at the SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., assisting with investigations of potential insider trading, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, and cryptocurrency offerings. Her assignments varied from reviewing blockchain ledgers and drafting trader interview outlines, to translating evidence from Japanese to English.
Justin was one of three interns at the International Criminal Court at The Hague in the Netherlands, and later joined White & Case’s Washington, D.C. office as one of twenty Summer Associates. He cites Penn Carey Law’s cross-disciplinary education as preparing him for international arbitration work, corporate client interest, and meaningful pro-bono work.
As a Summer Associate at Akerman LLP’s New York office, Fatoumata explored the realm of litigation including intellectual property, real estate, land use, and pro bono matters, and assisted an associate with an expert witness deposition for an employment discrimination matter. She also sat on the attorney bench and went on the record while attending federal district court.
At the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic, students work with entrepreneurs at all phases of the business cycle, from pre-formation to scaling to dissolution, turning clients’ dreams into reality.
“Those connections, those networking opportunities, the amazing clients that I was able to work with, I don’t think I would’ve been able to experience anything like that until ten years later in my career.”
Asal Yunusov L’21
The Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic brings together law, social work, medicine and mental health to advocate across disciplines for vulnerable adolescents. Students represent their clients across a range of venues, often litigating as child advocates in family court and domestic relations court as well as representing undocumented children facing deportation in immigration court.
“I learned so much from the clinic about the significant impact we can have working with young children. It was there that I learned about adverse childhood experiences and how critical the early development stage is for a child’s life trajectory.”
Rachel Mark L’14
PENN CAREY LAW
IN THE COUNTRY
“The Law School’s career services were incredibly supportive and allowed me to pursue my dream career. They gave me all the interview prep I needed and connected me with alumni and people affiliated with the Law School who gave me crucial insight into government interviews. That experience, among others facilitated by the Law School, put me on course to rewarding postgraduate placements at two federal agencies at the beginning of my legal career.”
George Meggali L’19 Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice
L’22 MUSA’22, Stuart Weitzman
School of Design
“Pursuing the Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA) program alongside my studies at the Law School has allowed me to integrate the two fields in a way that really reflects their equal importance to the study of cities and land use. I’m so appreciative of Penn’s commitment to cross-disciplinary study and I know for a fact that there is no other place where I would be able to pursue the course of study that Penn has afforded me.”
C’16 L’18 MSSP’18, School
of Social Policy & Practice
“Being able to have this depth and breadth of understanding of multiple issues from the law side as well as a social policy, quantitative analytic side has really heightened my experience here at Penn and allowed me to get so much more out of my program than I would have without this dual degree option.”
of the JD Class of 2021 graduated with a joint degree or certificate (or both)
joint degrees and certificate programs offered in conjunction with other Penn schools and departments
of faculty members at the Law School hold degrees beyond the JD, and nearly half hold joint appointments within the University
1 central campus in Philadelphia
At “Law 2030: A Global Conversation About the Future of the Profession,” the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School formally launched the Future of the Profession Initiative—one of the first programs of its kind—to advance its mission of educating the next generation of lawyers and catalyzing change throughout the profession.
The Master in Law (ML) program offers graduate students, researchers, faculty, and professionals the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of the U.S. legal system, combining that education with their own interests and expertise.
Cardiologist Kiran Musunuru ML’19 is engaged in cutting-edge research on a groundbreaking treatment with the potential to protect people against cardiovascular disease. The Law School’s Master in Law program helped give him the legal and business acumen to bring it to the world.
of ML students have advanced degrees
of ML students are pursuing a dual degree
ML students have
an average of
& A COMBINED
of professional experience
ML students bring unparalleled educational experiences from
45undergraduate colleges and universities and + AND 32graduate schools from around the world
L’22 TOLL SCHOLAR
Sherrod is committed to working on legal and policy issues pertaining to the administration of justice and building new avenues of economic opportunity. He most recently worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., where he collaborated with community leaders, former prosecutors from the Department of Justice, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation to host hate crime response trainings for local prosecutors and law enforcement officers throughout the country. Previously, he worked as a presidential appointee in the Obama administration at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as the Deputy White House Liaison.
“By anchoring my law school experience to the Toll Scholar program and its network, I’ve not only been able to create a tangible vision for my public service career, but also take the necessary steps as a law student that will best position me to accomplish this vision.”
L’21 TOLL fellow
Kate’s experiences growing up in a low-income household inspired her to work alongside youth—especially court-involved youth—to empower them and the communities harmed by systemic racism and other intersectional forms of oppression. To this end, she spent her 1L summer with the Youth Justice Project of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia where she worked with youth on employment discrimination claims, disability benefit claims, and expungement and sealing petitions in light of new Clean Slate legislation. She later interned with the Civil Action Practice of the Bronx Defenders on projects related to security of housing and public benefits for residents of the Bronx.
“As a Toll Fellow, I feel privileged and humbled to know that I can spend my career in public interest starting from my very first legal position…The Toll Fellowship has allowed me to meet legal mentors, learn to be a client-partner focused attorney, and hopefully go on to mentor other attorneys in the future.”
The Law School’s Walk-In Legal Assistance Project (WILA) provides accessible civil legal services to people experiencing homelessness or who are housing insecure.
“My work with WILA over the past two and a half years has made me a better law student by giving me context to the cases I read in my casebook.”
Chad Keizer L’21 Director of the Law School’s Walk-In Legal Assistance Project
In 2018, the Toll Public Interest Center launched Mobile TEAMS (Trained Educators and Advocates Mobilized for Service) to provide pro bono legal assistance to outlying areas and populations without accessible legal services. Since then, groups of Penn Carey Law students have traveled around the state to help Pennsylvanians resolve immigration and unemployment issues.
“When I went to law school, I went with the idea of giving back to the community. I was determined to get that on-the-ground experience in the United States, and I can’t overstate how helpful it was to get real experience.”
Natalia Guerrero Vergel LLM’20 Student
Volunteer with Mobile TEAMS
The Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund, started by real estate developer Jeff Bartos, launched in May 2020 to provide up to $3,000 in forgivable loans to Pennsylvanian small businesses in need. Supervised by Michael Knoll, Theodore K. Warner Professor of Law and Professor of Real Estate, the project was led in part by three Penn Carey Law JD/MBA students who helped develop a system to track and process the high volume of applications. As of May 2021, the Fund had raised about $2.6 million and helped nearly 900 small businesses around the state.
“Lawyers didn’t have a lot of opportunities to be of service during the [pandemic] but working with the Pennsylvania 3O Day Fund has enabled our students to make a real difference for small business owners – and it’s also been rewarding for them as well.”
Michael Knoll, Theodore K. Warner Professor of Law & Professor of Real Estate; Co-Director, Center for Tax Law and Policy
community partners collaborate with the Law School’s Toll Public Interest Center on service endeavors worldwide
of each graduating class exceeds the pro bono requirements
increase in the number of graduates launching public interest careers upon graduation over the last 5 years
The Legal History Consortium, jointly sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Penn’s Graduate History Department, was formed to promote interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and education in law and history.
Professor Tani L’07 PhD’11, Seaman Family University Professor, the first graduate of the University’s JD/PhD program in American Legal History and the 24th Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, has taken on the role of coordinating the Consortium, which includes sponsored speaker series, a joint degree program in law and history, and academic conferences.
The Covid Coverage Litigation Tracker, created by Professor Tom Baker, the William Maul Measey Professor of Law, is providing invaluable insight into the pandemic’s effects on insurance contracts and enabling scholars and researchers to study in real time how courts respond to the challenges posed by a new wave of mass litigation.
With over 1,500 cases included, it has been cited regularly in court filings, judicial opinions, and publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, Bloomberg, and The National Law Review.
Through the largest ever study of residential leases, Professor David Hoffman offers a glimpse into the Philadelphia rental housing market based on nearly 170,000 residential leases filed in support of more than 200,000 Philadelphia eviction proceedings from 2005 through 2019.
Future research and scholarship will continue to analyze the dataset with an eye toward proposing better regulatory strategies to address the existing disparities in how formal legal rules affect citizens.
Advancing Justice through Bail Reform.
The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice continued its innovative analysis of the criminal justice system with two studies on cash bail, finding that defendants subject to pretrial detention are more likely to be convicted and less likely to receive favorable plea terms than similarly situated defendants who make bail. The studies generated more nuanced discussions surrounding cash bail reform and have already led to changes in some jurisdictions.
2016 – Professor David Skeel was appointed to serve on the federal government’s Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico in 2016 and became Chairman of the Board in 2020.
2017 – Professor Christopher Yoo was appointed to FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee to provide advice and make recommendations to the FCC on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access.
2019 – Professor Dorothy Roberts published the Harvard Law Review Foreword on prison abolition constitutionalism, becoming the second black woman to pen the Foreword of the esteemed law journal and the second Penn Carey Law professor to do so.
2019 – Professor Louis S. Rulli received the prestigious Father Robert Drinan Award of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities.
Professors Elected to the American Law Institute
Excellence in Articles
Penn Carey Law dominated the 2019 Corporate Practice Commentator’s annual list of the top ten articles on corporate and securities law, as the only law school with three faculty members represented and two articles featured. Additionally, in a first for any law journal in the 25-year history of the list, and independently of our own faculty’s articles, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review published three of the articles in the top ten. The Law Review was also the only journal with more than one placement on the list.
Significantly increased percentage of standing women faculty members to:
from 24% in 2013
HIRED across substantive practice areas, both
traditional & cutting edge
adding renowned interdisciplinary scholars
increase in media hits about Penn Carey Law faculty and their scholarship
“Thank you for your support of the Power of Penn Law. This campaign made a significant impact on our ability to expand access: access to a premiere legal education, access to justice through the work of our graduates who move on to important careers in public interest and government, and access to legal scholarship and innovation through important programs like the Future of the Profession Initiative. I was thrilled to be able to participate in the Power of Penn Law and delighted to see the enormous impact it is having on our ability to support continued innovation and leadership.”
“The Power of Penn Law has empowered our community by providing the resources to make meaningful change. There are so many people in the U.S. that have the intellect and desire to make a difference in our country, but just don’t have the means to do so. This campaign dramatically expanded access for students, providing them with the knowledge and tools to become gamechangers in their communities. I totally believe in the Power of Penn Law and was honored to be part of this historic campaign. Thank you for investing in the Law School’s future.”
To our community of donors and partners, we appreciate your unwavering support and contribution to our continued success.