This week, Penn Law welcomed the JD Class of 2022, comprised of 250 students who will bring their unique talents, academic achievements, professionalism, and commitment to service to the Law School community.
The members of the Law School’s newest class come from 35 states, the District of Columbia, and countries across the globe, including Canada, China, India, and South Korea.
“The Class of 2022 represents a vast range of backgrounds, perspectives, academic interests, and professional experiences,” said Renée C. Post, Penn Law’s Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid. “They are accomplished, intelligent, intellectually curious, and dedicated to making the world a better place.”
Penn Law received more than 6,400 applicants for the Class of 2022.
Within the class, 40 percent identify as people of color, and 49 percent are women. 61 majors are represented in the class, with 15 percent coming from STEM backgrounds, including a significant number of biologists. The class represents 120 different undergraduate institutions, bringing an additional element of diversity to the varied backgrounds the students bring to Penn Law. 72 percent come to Penn Law having already gained work experience, and 12 percent hold advanced degrees. The average age of the class is 25.
The Class of 2022 has shown itself to be made up of global citizens committed to improving their local communities through their work, scholarship, and service.
They include teachers and scholars, including Fulbright Scholars, alumni of Americorps and Teach for America, and several Rhodes and Truman Scholars. They have served in the Peace Corps, and in the United States Army and Navy. They have founded non-profits and led advocacy programs.
They also possess a wide range of professional experience, representing a diverse assortment of careers. They include a wilderness first responder, several EMTs, a stylist, journalists, engineers, entrepreneurs, investment analysts, realtors, custodians, professional soccer, basketball, and golf players, and the manager of a horse farm.
And just as they’ve shown themselves to be talented professionals, they’ve also shown themselves to be outstanding leaders and team players. The class includes captains of college sports teams, undergraduate student body presidents, an Olympic trial finalist in swimming, and many admissions volunteers and peer advisors.
But beyond their accomplishments — in the classroom and in their communities — they also have had inspirational, often unpredictable, lives. They include improv comedy troupe members, sports team coaches, and the drum major for a university band. Several are first generation Americans, and many are first generation college and professional school students.
For more information about the JD program and how to apply, please visit Penn Law Admissions.