The Penn Law JD Experience

With a JD from Penn Law, you’re prepared for your first job and your entire career.

August 21, 2017

With a JD from Penn Law, you’re prepared for your first job and your entire career. In this video feature, students, alumni, and faculty discuss what makes the Penn Law JD experience — and the Penn Law community — so special.

Transcript:

Ted Ruger: One of the questions I often get is: Is now a good time to come to law school? My response: Now is a great time to come to Penn Law. Why? Because even in these uncertain economic times, according to so many objective measures, Penn Law is the leader in preparing new graduates for rewarding legal careers.

Steve K. Stoute L’14: There’s a shared experience, there’s a sense of a communal experience, we’re all going through something together — exams for instance — but there is this unique individuality to the Penn Law experience. You get to build it.

Ruger: We’re equally renowned for our interdisciplinary curriculum. Students learn the law while developing expertise in fields like business and finance, health care, government and public policy, technology and intellectual property, and criminal justice reform, just to name a few.

Catherine Struve: Whether it’s a student who is pursuing a joint degree in Bioethics or a student who is taking a degree at Wharton, there are a tremendous number of resources that reflect the connections between legal practice and other disciplines in law practice more generally.

Ruger: We offer 35 joint-degree and certificate programs with other top professional schools and other graduate departments here at Penn. More than any other law school in the country.

Leah Wong L’18: Faculty and administration here, they’re so renowned in their own fields, and they’re so busy doing incredible things on top of teaching, but you get so close to them. They view you as a peer that needs to go out do something with the education.

Ruger: And we’re one of the most unique law school campuses in the country because here we’re a community and our students truly support each other and are invested in each other’s success.

Stoute: My classmates, my colleagues, the faculty, the staff, the administration — they have become part of not just my Penn Law experience, but my life experience.

Ruger: Now is a great time to earn your JD at Penn Law. Check out Penn Law’s website and get in touch with our Admissions Office. We would love to hear from you.

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