University of Pennsylvania

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3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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#7 Best Law Schools


Law School Overview

The law school at University of Pennsylvania has an application deadline of March 1. The full-time program application fee at the law school at University of Pennsylvania is $80. Its tuition is full-time: $54,992 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 10.4:1. The law school at University of Pennsylvania has 131 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

At the University of Pennsylvania, professional students can put a cross-disciplinary slant on their education. Penn Law students can enroll in courses in other academic departments, and other professional school students can take Penn Law courses, too.

With a few additional courses, students can create an area of specialization by earning a certificate in areas like East Asian Studies or Gender and Sexuality Studies. Law students can also earn an additional degree in three years, completing both a J.D. and another degree, including an M.B.A. through The Wharton School, a master’s in bioethics through the School of Medicine, or a master of City & Regional Planning through the School of Design.

The law school is housed in several buildings on the Penn campus in University City, Philadelphia, which allows for a quick trip to other professional school buildings. Law students can apply for on-campus housing. For trips further afield, students can study abroad through six official programs and can even earn a master’s degree in Global Business Law through the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po).

Students must complete at least 70 hours of pro bono work before they can graduate from Penn Law. In addition to community service projects, students can spend their free time getting involved in legal clinics and more than 100 student organizations like Penn Law Boxing and the Urban Law Reform group.

Notable alumni of Penn Law School include George Wharton Pepper, founder of law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Sam Hamadeh, cofounder of career site

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Year founded 1790
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $80
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (215) 898-7400
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 131
Student-faculty ratio 10.4:1
Total faculty 142

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 786
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 259


Tuition and fees

full-time: $54,992 per year

Room and board $13,952


Employed at graduation2 95.2%
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
Median public service starting salary $60,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 1,169,856

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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