About the Campaign

A TRANSFORMATIVE GIFT

Thanks to an historic gift from the W.P. Carey Foundation, Penn Law is now the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School! This endowment gift will secure and enhance the Law School’s success for generations, and will be entirely directed toward supporting our most important assets: the people who study and work here. In the years to come, proceeds from the gift will be combined with other new funds and deployed to increase student financial support, to support faculty research and teaching and the hiring of new faculty, and to provide every graduate of this institution with an innovative program of lifelong learning and career support to better navigate the shifting profession they are entering.

Penn Law is Ready to Seize This Unique Moment

We have leveraged the hallmarks and strengths of our legal education—interdisciplinary prowess, a global view, and a curriculum laser-focused on how students want to practice and want to bring about change—to move into the ranks of leaders over the last 15 years. We have grown the Penn Law faculty, filling it with more innovators asking the questions that matter to law’s future. We have built new facilities that support our tight-knit culture, and continued to fill our classes with brilliant students from every background.

With this campaign we can complete Penn Law's journey to a position of established leadership as we forge a new brand of legal education. Our ascent depends upon strong philanthropic support of our key campaign priorities, which focus on ensuring access, expanding experiential education opportunities, creating pathways to public service, recruiting and retaining preeminent faculty and funding important cross-disciplinary research.

EXPLORE CAMPAIGN PRIORITIES

A Message from the Dean

"This campaign focuses on human capital - our faculty and students - as Penn Law prepares the next generation of advocates and leaders with new skills needed to address society's myriad challenges."

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At Penn Law, we teach the ideas and principles foundational to the practice of democracy and a just society. We trace our roots to two of our country’s Founders: to Ben Franklin, whose groundbreaking vision for higher education foresaw training young people for leadership in business and in public service; and to James Wilson, signatory of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, inaugural U.S. Supreme Court justice, and the first law lecturer at Penn, who believed that the “science of law” should be the study of every citizen.

Penn Law embodies this vision for American legal education at a critical time in our history. We are entering a new era in law. As new technologies, political events, and social and demographic changes abound, many are questioning the benefits and connectivity of globalization, as well as the dissolution of borders, real and virtual. The next generation of advocates and leaders will need new skills to address society’s myriad problems.

The legal, political, and financial world in which our newest graduates will forge their careers is in the midst of seismic change. Legal problems are becoming more complex and require that lawyers be proficient in other disciplines connected to law, such as business, technology, health, and public policy. Today lawyers are valued for their leadership, entrepreneurship, and problem-solving skills in boardrooms, in their communities, and in the halls of government.

This is a time of opportunity for attorneys equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience to navigate and manage these complex transitions in society, in the economy, and in law. As we embark on a new campaign, “Advocates for a New Era,” we focus our fundraising efforts on five key priorities: Access and Opportunity; Investing in Leaders; Pathways to Public Service; Transformative Thinkers; and New Era Discoveries.

We welcome your partnership and engagement as together we advance our leadership in legal education.

Sincerely,

Theodore Ruger
Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law

Supporting Stories

Penn Law’s International Programs Office Releases New Publication on Moral Leadership

Penn Law’s Office of International Programs has released the publication, “Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe: Three Essays on Moral Leadership.”

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sujatha baliga L’99 Talks About Her Law School Experience

Earlier this fall, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that restorative justice attorney sujatha baliga L’99 was chosen as a MacArthur Fellow and winner of a $625,000 award.

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First Generation Fellow Profile: Jasmine Wang L’22

Jasmine Wang L’22 is one of three First Generation Professionals (FGP) Fellows who will help ease the path into the profession for other first generation Law School students.

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Penn Law’s International Programs Office Releases New Publication on Moral Leadership

Penn Law’s Office of International Programs has released the publication, “Bending the Arc of the Moral Universe: Three Essays on Moral Leadership.”

stories

sujatha baliga L’99 Talks About Her Law School Experience

Earlier this fall, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that restorative justice attorney sujatha baliga L’99 was chosen as a MacArthur Fellow and winner of a $625,000 award.

news

First Generation Fellow Profile: Jasmine Wang L’22

Jasmine Wang L’22 is one of three First Generation Professionals (FGP) Fellows who will help ease the path into the profession for other first generation Law School students.

stories