University of Pennsylvania Law School

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The University of Pennsylvania Law School is the law school of the University of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Penn Law emphasizes cross-disciplinary education, both within the law school and through courses, certificates, and joint/dual degree programs with the other graduate and professional schools on the Penn campus. Penn Law is among the most selective in the country. In 2006, 25th/75th percentile LSAT scores were 167/171 and GPA scores were 3.5/3.8. Over a third of students identify as persons of color, and 12% of students enrolled with an advanced degree. The school prides itself on its collegiality and the importance it places on diversity. It is currently ranked 6th overall by U.S. News & World Report.

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Penn Law School Admissions

Penn Law School is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 19% of its applicants. Comparatively, Penn is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 5069 953 (18.80%) 238 (4.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.52 3.89 3.95
LSAT 163 169 170

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $58,918 $58,918
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $23,312
  • Living off-campus: $23,312
  • Living at home: $12,122

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/15
  • Early Decision 2: 01/07
  • Regular Decision: 03/01
  • Application Fee: $80

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Penn Law School Community

Penn Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Penn is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 70
  • Part Time: 83


  • # Female Faculty: 55
  • # Minority Faculty: 28


10.8 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Penn Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Penn Law School 1L section size is 36% larger than law schools in Pennsylvania and 25% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Penn Law School: 194
Pennsylvania Average: 125
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 771
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 165

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 40
  • Law Journals: 377
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 2.0%
  • Second Year: 0.0%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Penn Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Penn Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 99% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 70.6%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 76.0%
  • Business: 4.0%
  • Government: 3.0%
  • Public Interest: 4.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • New York: 45%
  • Pennsylvania: 13%
  • District of Columbia: 11%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 70.6%
  • First Time Takers: 275
  • Average School: 98.5%
  • Average State: 79.1%
  • Pass Difference: 19.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • New York: 78.6%
  • Passed: 152 of 153 (99.4%)
  • State Average: 79.1%
  • Difference: 20.8%