University of Pennsylvania Law School

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School (also known as Penn Law or Penn Carey Law) is the law school of the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League university located in Philadelphia.[7] It is among the most selective and oldest law schools in the United States,[8] and is currently ranked sixth overall by U.S. News & World Report.[9] It offers the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Comparative Laws (LL.C.M.), Master in Law (M.L.), and Doctor of the Science of Law (S.J.D.).

University of Pennsylvania Law School
Penn Law Logo
Parent schoolUniversity of Pennsylvania
Established1850; 172 years ago (1850)
School typePrivate Law School
Parent endowment$13.8 billion (June 30, 2018)[1]
DeanTheodore Ruger
Location3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
39°57′14″N 75°11′32″W / 39.953938°N 75.192085°W / 39.953938; -75.192085Coordinates: 39°57′14″N 75°11′32″W / 39.953938°N 75.192085°W / 39.953938; -75.192085
Enrollment755[2]
Faculty103[3]
USNWR ranking6th (2022)[4]
Bar pass rate97% (2019)[5][6]
Websitewww.law.upenn.edu
ABA profile"Penn Law Profile"

The entering class typically consists of approximately 250 students, and admission is highly competitive.[10] Penn Law's 2020 weighted first-time bar passage rate was 98.5 percent.[6] The school has consistently ranked among top 14 ("T14") law schools identified by U.S. News & World Report, since it began publishing its rankings.[11] For the class of 2024, 49 percent of students were women, 40 percent identified as persons of color, and 12 percent of students enrolled with an advanced degree.[10]

The Law School offers an extensive curriculum and hosts various student groups, research centers, and activities. Students publish the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the oldest law journal in the United States.[12] Students also publish The Regulatory Review, a regulatory news, analysis, and commentary that publishes daily.[13] Penn Law students have the option to earn certificates of specialization in fields such as East Asian Studies or Gender and Sexuality Studies. Prior to graduation, each student must complete at least 70 hours of pro bono service.

Among the school's alumni are a US Supreme Court Justice, at least 76 judges of United States court system, nine state Supreme Court Justices, and three supreme court justices of foreign countries, at least 46 members of United States Congress as well as nine olympians, five of whom won thirteen medals, several founders of law firms, university presidents and deans, business entrepreneurs, leaders in the public sector, and government officials.

Based on student survey responses, ABA and NALP data; 99.6 percent of the Class of 2020 obtained full-time employment after graduation. The median salary for the Class of 2019 was $190,000, as 75.2 percent of students joined law firms and 11.6 percent obtained judicial clerkships.[14] The law school was ranked #2 of all law schools nationwide by the National Law Journal, for sending the highest percentage of 2019 graduates to join the 100 largest law firms in the U.S., constituting 58.4 percent.[15]

HistoryEdit

The University of Pennsylvania Law School traces its origins to a series of Lectures on Law delivered in 1790 through 1792 by James Wilson,[16] one of only six signers of the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Wilson is credited with being one of the two primary authors (the other being James Madison) of the first draft of such constitution[17] due to his membership on the Committee of Detail[18] established by the United States Constitutional Convention on July 24, 1787 to draft a text reflecting the agreements made by the Convention up to that point.[19]: page 264 

 
Photograph of Mural (by Allyn Cox, Oil on Canvas, 1973-1974) on display on the first floor of the United States House of Representatives wing of United States Capitol of four primary framers of United States Constitution meeting in garden of Benjamin Franklin (from left to right): Alexander Hamilton, James Wilson, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin.

Wilson gave these "lectures on law" to President George Washington and Vice President John Adams and rest of the cabinet including Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson as a Penn Professor[20] and during Wilson's time as one of the original five Associate Justices nominated by George Washington (and approved by United States Senate via unanimous voice vote on September 26, 1789,[21] with Wilson's term commencing October 5, 1789 and the terms of the other four at various dates in 1790) to the initial panel of United States Supreme Court.[22] In 1792, Associate Justice of United States Supreme Court of the United States, James Wilson, was appointed as Penn's first "full professor of law".[23][24]

Penn began offering a full-time program in law in 1850, under the leadership of George Sharswood.[24] In 1852, Penn was the first law school in the nation to publish a law journal. Then called The American Law Register, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review is the nation's oldest law review and one of the most-cited law journals in the world.[25]

In 1881 the first woman was admitted to Penn Law, Carrie Burnham Kilgore, and in 1888 the first African American man graduated from the school, Aaron Albert Mossell.[26] William Draper Lewis was named dean in 1896.[12] In 1927 the Law School graduated with a J.D. Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, who was the first African-American woman to ever receive a Ph.D. in the United States (also from the University of Pennsylvania, in economics).

In 1900, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania approved his and others' request to move the law school to the core of campus and to its current location at the intersection of 34th and Chestnut Streets.[27] Under Lewis' deanship, the law school was one of the first schools to emphasize legal teaching by full-time professors instead of practitioners, a system that is still followed today.[27]

 
William Draper Lewis, Penn Law Dean, and founder of the American Law Institute

As legal education became more formalized, the school initiated a three-year curriculum and instituted stringent admissions requirements.

After 30 years with the law school, Lewis founded the American Law Institute (ALI) in 1925, which was seated in the Law School and was chaired by Lewis himself. The ALI was later chaired by another Penn Law Dean, Herbert Funk Goodrich and Penn Law Professors George Wharton Pepper and Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr.

Except for the period of time when Penn Law policy was to not allow recruiting on law school campus when military openly refused to hire gays, bisexuals, and lesbians,[28] Penn has actively supported the armed forces. The Harold Cramer Memorial Scholarship Program was established in June 2021 to ensure that all veterans admitted to Penn Law will be able to afford to attend Penn Law.[29]

 
U.S. Navy men taking examination for commission, grouped in front of Penn Law School main building in photo taken on August 6, 1918

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, daughter of first African American graduate of Penn Law, Aaron Albert Mossell, was the first African-American woman to (1) graduate Penn Law (in 1927), and (2) be admitted to practice law in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (in 1929).[30] In 1921, after being awarded the Francis Sergeant Pepper fellowship, she became the second African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in the United States (also from the University of Pennsylvania, in economics).[12][31]

 
Portrait Painting of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, Esquire, Ph.D., (Penn Law Class of 1927) on display at Penn Law.

The first woman to join the faculty was Martha Field in 1969; she is now a professor at Harvard Law School.[12] Other woman of note who have been or are presently professors at Penn include Lani Guinier, Elizabeth Warren, and Anita L. Allen

From 1974 to 1978 the Dean of the law school was Louis Pollak, who later became a federal judge.

Since Judge Pollak ascended to the bench, Penn has attracted a noteworthy number of deans including James O. Freedman, former President of Dartmouth College, Colin Diver, former President of Reed College, and Michael Fitts, present President of Tulane University.

In November 2019, Penn Law received a $125 million donation from the W.P. Carey Foundation, the largest single donation to any law school to date; the school was renamed University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, in honor of the foundation's first president, Penn Law alumnus Francis J. Carey (1926-2014), who was the brother of William Polk Carey (1930 - 2012), founder of the W. P. Carey Inc. REIT, and of the charitable foundation.[32][33] The change was met by some controversy, and a petition to quash the abbreviated "Carey Law", in favor of the traditional "Penn Law", was circulated and it was agreed that the official short form name for next few years could remain "Penn Law" and/or "Penn Carey Law". [34][35]

Osagie O. Imasogie, a 1985 graduate of Penn Law, as of January 1, 2021, is Chair of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Board of Overseers, replacing Perry Golkin. Imasogie has been a member of Penn Law School Board of Overseers since 2006 and more recently a Trustee on the Board of Trustees of University of Pennsylvania. Imasogie, a graduate of two law schools in Nigeria and London School of Economics and Political Science, has held senior positions within a diverse group of professional services and bio-tech companies such as GSK, DuPont, Merck, Price Waterhouse, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis and is presently an Adjunct Professor at Penn Law where he teaches a seminar on “Intellectual Property and National Economic Value Creation”. He is the first African born chair of an American law school.[36]

CampusEdit

 
Silverman Hall

The University of Pennsylvania campus covers over 269 acres (~1 km²) in a contiguous area of West Philadelphia's University City district. All of Penn's schools, including the law school, and most of its research institutes are located on this campus. Much of Penn's architecture was designed by the architecture firm of Cope & Stewardson, whose principal architects combined the Gothic architecture of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge with the local landscape to establish the Collegiate Gothic style.

The Law School consists of four interconnecting buildings around a central courtyard. At the east end of the courtyard is Silverman Hall, built in 1900, housing the Levy Conference Center, classrooms, faculty offices, the Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies, and administrative and student offices. Directly opposite is Tanenbaum Hall, home to the Biddle Law Library several law journals, administrative offices, and student spaces. The law library houses 1,053,824 volumes and volume equivalents making it the 4th-largest law library in the country.[37] Gittis Hall sits on the north side and has new classrooms (renovated in 2006) and new and expanded faculty offices. Opposite is Golkin Hall, which contains 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) and includes a state-of-the-art court room, 350-seat auditorium, seminar rooms, faculty and administrative offices, a two-story entry hall, and a roof-top garden.

A small row of restaurants and shops faces the law school on Sansom Street. Nearby are the Penn Bookstore, the Pottruck Center (a 115,000-square-foot (10,700 m2) multi-purpose sports activity area), the Institute of Contemporary Art, a performing arts center, and area shops.

AcademicsEdit

AdmissionsEdit

For the J.D. class entering in the fall of 2023, 14.6 percent out of 6,146 applicants were offered admission, with 249 matriculating. The class boasted 25th and 75th LSAT percentiles of 164 and 171, respectively, with a median of 170.[10] The 25th and 75th undergraduate GPA percentiles were 3.57 and 3.95, respectively, with a median of 3.89.[38][39] 13 percent of matriculating students identified as first-generation college students, and 29 percent identified as first-generation professional school students.

Over 1,250 students from 70 countries applied to Penn's LLM program for the fall of 2019. The incoming class consisted of 126 students from more than 30 countries.

The entering class typically consists of approximately 250 students, and admission is highly competitive.[10] Penn Law's July 2018 weighted first-time bar passage rate was 92.09%.[6] The law school is one of the "T14" law schools, that is, schools that have consistently ranked within the top 14 law schools since U.S. News & World Report began publishing rankings.[11] In the class entering in 2018, over half of students were women, over a third identified as persons of color, and 10% of students enrolled with an advanced degree.[10]

Multidisciplinary FocusEdit

Throughout its modern history, Penn has been known for its strong focus on inter-disciplinary studies, a character that was shaped early on by Dean William Draper Lewis.[40] Its medium-size student body and the tight integration with the rest of Penn's schools (the "One University Policy")[41] have been instrumental in achieving that aim. More than 50 percent of the Law School's courses are interdisciplinary, and it offers more than 20 joint and dual degree programs, including a JD/MBA (Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania), a JD/PhD in Communication (Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania), and a JD/MD (Perelman School of Medicine).

Various certificate programs that can be completed within the three-year JD program, e.g. in Business and Public Policy, in conjunction with the Wharton School), in Cross-Sector Innovation with the School of Social Policy & Practice, in International Business and Law with the Themis Joint Certificate with ESADE Law School in Barcelona, Spain, and in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN).[42][43] 19 percent of the Class of 2007 earned a certificate.[44] 57 percent of the Class of 2020 and 52 percent of the Class of 2021 pursued a Certifiate.

Penn Law also offers joint degrees with international affiliates, such as Sciences Po (France), ESADE (Spain), and the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. The School has further expanded its international programs with the addition of the International Internship Program, the International Summer Human Rights Program, and the Global Research Seminar, all under the umbrella of the Penn Law Global Initiative. Penn Law takes part in a number of international annual events, such as the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Oxford[45] and the Waseda Transnational Program at the Waseda Law School in Tokyo.

Clinics and externshipsEdit

For more than 40 years, students in Penn Law’s Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies have had the opportunity to learn valuable practical legal skills and put theory into practice while helping many clients in the community. The Law School offers in-house clinics, including: civil practice, criminal defense, the Detkin intellectual property and technology legal clinic, entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary child advocacy, legislative, mediation, and transnational. Students can also receive credit for completing externships with non-profit and government institutes such as the ACLU of Pennsylvania or the City of Philadelphia Law Department.

Toll Public Interest Center and related activitiesEdit

Penn was the first national law school to establish a mandatory pro bono program, and the first law school to win the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award.[citation needed] The public interest center was founded in 1989 and was renamed the Toll Public Interest Center in 2006 in acknowledgement of a $10 million gift from Robert Toll (Executive Chairman of the Board of Toll Brothers) and Jane Toll. In 2011, the Tolls donated an additional $2.5 million. In October 2020, The Robert and Jane Toll Foundation announced that it was donating fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) to Penn Law, which is the largest gift in history to be devoted entirely to the training and support of public interest lawyers, and among the ten (10) largest gifts ever to a law school in the United States of America.[46] The gift expands the Toll Public Interest Scholars and Fellows Program by doubling the number of public interest graduates in the coming decade through a combination of full and partial tuition scholarships.[47] The Toll Public Interest Center has supported many students who have pursued public interest fellowships and work following graduation.

Students complete 70 hours of pro bono service as a condition of graduation. More than half of the Class of 2021 substantially exceeded the requirement. Students can create their own placements, or work through over 30 student-led organizations that focus their pro bono service in a variety of substantive areas.

The Law School awards Toll Public Interest Scholarships to accomplished public interest matriculants, and has a generous Public Interest Loan Repayment Program for graduates pursuing careers in public interest. Students interested in public interest work receive funding for summer positions through money from the student-run Equal Justice Foundation or via funding from Penn Law. Additionally, the Law School funds students interested in working internationally through the International Human Rights Fellowship.

Centers and InstitutesEdit

Penn Law hosts eleven different academic centers, institutes, programs, and research groups wherein students and faculty work together on interdisciplinary scholarship. Notable among them are the Penn Program on Regulation, directed by Professor of Law and Political Science Cary Coglianese; the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, directed by Faculty Director Paul Heaton. Other Centers and Institutes include: Center for Asian Law; Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition; Institute for Law and Economics; Institute for Law and Philosophy; Criminal Law Research Group; Legal History Consortium; Center for Tax Law and Policy; and Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law.

Biddle Law LibraryEdit

Penn’s Law library holds over one million volumes, mostly consisting of American primary and secondary materials. Approximately one-third of the Library’s collection is composed of foreign, international, and comparative legal texts. The Library also holds subscriptions for digital resources such as LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law, which provide students and faculty with access to wide breadth of journal articles, treatises, and case texts.

Biddle is also home to archives from both the American Law Institute and the American College of Bankruptcy. Biddle also holds Penn Law’s own archival collection, which consists of manuscripts, rare books, oral histories, and certain Penn Law school records.

JournalsEdit

Students at the law school publish several legal journals.[48] The flagship publication is the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the oldest law review in the United States.[49] The University of Pennsylvania Law Review started in 1852 as the American Law Register, and was renamed to its current title in 1908.[12] It is one of the most frequently cited law journals in the world,[25] and one of the four journals that are responsible for The Bluebook, along with the Harvard, Yale, and Columbia law journals. Penn Law Review articles have captured seminal historical moments in the 19th and 20th centuries, such as the passage of the 19th Amendment; the lawlessness of the first and second World Wars; the rise of the civil rights movement; and the war in Vietnam.[50]

Other law journals include:

U.S. Supreme Court clerkshipsEdit

Since 2000, Penn has had seven alumni serve as judicial clerks at the U.S. Supreme Court. This record gives Penn a ranking of 10th among all law schools for supplying such law clerks for the period 2000-2019.[58] Penn has placed 48 clerks at the U.S. Supreme Court in its history, ranked 11th among law schools; this group includes Curtis R. Reitz, who is the Algernon Sydney Biddle Professor of Law, Emeritus at Penn.

EmploymentEdit

According to ABA and NALP data, 99.6 percent of the Class of 2020 obtained full-time employment after graduation. The median salary for the Class of 2019 was $190,000, as 75.2 percent of students joined law firms and 11.6 percent obtained a judicial clerkship.[14] Penn combines a strong tradition in public service with being one of the top feeders of law students to the most prestigious law firms.[59] Penn Law was the first top-ranked law school to establish a mandatory pro bono requirement, and the first law school to win American Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award. Many students pursue public interest careers with the support of fellowship grants such as the Skadden Fellowship,[60] called by The Los Angeles Times "a legal Peace Corps."[61]

About 75 percent of each graduating class enters private practice, bringing with them the ethos of pro bono service. In 2020, the Law School placed more than 70 percent of its graduates into the United States' top law firms, maintaining Penn's rank as the number one law school in the nation for the percentage of students securing employment at these top law firms.[62][63] The Law School was ranked #4 of all law schools nationwide by Law.com in terms of sending the highest percentage of 2021 graduates to the largest 100 law firms in the U.S. (55 percent).

Based on student survey responses, ABA, and NALP data, 99.2% of the Class of 2018 obtained full-time employment after graduation, with a median salary of $180,000, as 76% of students joined law firms and 11% obtained judicial clerkships.[14] The law school was ranked # 2 of all law schools nationwide by the National Law Journal in terms of sending the highest percentage of 2018 graduates to the 100 largest law firms in the US (60%).[15]

CostsEdit

The total cost of attendance (including tuition of $63,610, fees, and living expenses), for J.D. students for the 2020-2021 academic year was $94,052.[64]

Notable alumniEdit

 
Owen Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

JudiciaryEdit

GovernmentEdit

AcademiaEdit

  • Regina Austin, William A. Schnader Professor of Law at Penn Law
  • Robert Butkin, Dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law
  • Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, Earle Hepburn Professor of Law; Co-Director, Institute of Law & Philosophy, Penn Law
  • Douglas Frenkel, Morris Shuster Practice Professor of Law, Director of Mediation Clinic, Penn Law
  • Jennifer Herbst, Professor of Law and Medical Sciences at Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • Kit Kinports, Professor of Law, Polisher Family Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Penn State Law
  • Nancy J. Knauer, Professor of Law, Director of the Law and Public Policy Program at Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Gerald Korngold, Professor of Law, Program Chair Center for Real Estate Studies at New York Law School
  • Roberta Rosenthal Kwall, Raymond P. Niro Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Founding Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology at DePaul University College of Law
  • Timothy F. Malloy, Director of UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law
  • Beverly I. Moran, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Brian K. Price, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Transactional Law Clinics at Harvard University Law School
  • Jennifer Rosato Perea, Class of 1987, Dean, DePaul University College of LawDePaul University College of Law
  • Nadia Sawicki, Professor of Law, Academic Director of the Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Sidney A. Shapiro, Frank U. Fletcher Chair of Administrative Law at Wake Forest School of Law
  • Omari Scott Simmons, Howard L. Oleck Professor of Business Law, Director of Business law Program at Wake Forest School of Law
  • Amy Sinden, James E. Beasley Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Cynthia Soohoo, Director of Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at CUNY School of Law
  • Karen Tani, Seaman Family University Professor, Penn Law
  • Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, professor of Law and Psychology at Penn Law
  • Kamille N. Wolff Dean, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at St. John’s University School of Law
  • Michael J. Yelnosky, Dean and Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law
  • John Frederick Zeller III, President of Bucknell University
  • Mark Yudof, President of the University of California system
  • Peter J. Liacouras, Chancellor of Temple University
  • John Frederick Zeller III, President of Bucknell University
  • Rodney K. Smith, President of Southern Virginia University
  • Janice R. Bellace, first president of Singapore Management University
  • Fred Hilmer, Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales
  • Robert Butkin, Dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law
  • William Schnader, drafter of the Uniform Commercial Code
  • William Draper Lewis, founder of the American Law Institute and Dean of Penn Law
  • Anthony Amsterdam, professor at New York University School of Law
  • Khaled Abou El Fadl, professor of law at UCLA School of Law
  • Curtis Reitz, the Algernon Sydney Biddle Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Caroline Burnham Kilgore, Penn Law's first female graduate (1883)
  • Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in the U.S. and graduated from Penn Law in 1927
  • Anna Mastroianni, professor of law at University of Washington, School of Law

Private PracticeEdit

BusinessEdit

Media, Sports, and the ArtsEdit

 
Attorney General of Pennsylvania George Washington Woodruff, Penn Law Class of 1898, was also elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as Penn teams were recognized as national champions in 1894, 1895, and 1897.

Notable facultyEdit

The law school's faculty is selected to match its inter-disciplinary orientation. Seventy percent of the standing faculty hold advanced degrees beyond the JD, and more than a third hold secondary appointments in other departments at the university. The law school is well known for its corporate law group, with professors Jill Fisch, Elizabeth Pollman, and David Skeel being regularly included among the best corporate and securities law scholars in the country.[94] The School has also built a strong reputation for its law and economics group (professors Tom Baker, Jon Klick, and Natasha Sarin), its criminal law group (professors Stephanos Bibas,  Kim Ferzan, Leo Katz, Stephen J. Morse, Shaun Ossei-Owusu, Paul H. Robinson, and David Rudovsky) and its legal history group (professors Sally Gordon, Sophia Lee, Serena Mayeri, Karen Tani). Some notable Penn Law faculty members include:

 
Professor Anita L. Allen
  • Anita L. Allen, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy
  • Tom Baker, deputy dean and insurance law
  • Stephanos Bibas, criminal law scholar, current judge for the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Stephen B. Burbank, David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice
  • Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science; Director, Penn Program on Regulation
  • Jill Fisch, Saul A. Fox distinguished Professor of Business Law; Co-Director, Institute for Law and Economics
  • Douglas Frenkel, Morris Shuster Practice Professor of Law, Director of Mediation Clinic
  • Sally Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History
  • Allison Hoffman, Professor of Law
  • Leo Katz, Frank Carano Professor of Law
  • Jonathan Klick, Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Professor of Law
  • Michael Knoll, Theodore K. Warner Professor of Law & Professor of Real Estate; Co-Director, Center for Tax Law and Policy
  • Sophia Lee, Professor of Law and History
  • Serena Mayeri, Professor of Law and History
  • Charles ("Chuck") Mooney Jr., Charles A. Heimbold, Jr. Professor of Law
  • Curtis R. Reitz, commercial law; Pennsylvania representative to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
  • Shaun Ossei-Owusu, Presidential Assistant Professor of Law
  • Elizabeth Pollman, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Institute of Law and EconomicsWendell Pritchett, Provost; James S. Riepe Presidential Professor of Law and Education
  • Dorothy E. Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights
  • Kermit Roosevelt, David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice
  • David Rudovsky, civil rights and criminal defense
  • Chris William Sanchirico, Samuel A. Blank Professor of Law, Business, and Public Policy; Co-Director, Center for Tax Law and Policy
  • Anthony Joseph Scirica, current judge, and former chief judge, of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit[95]
  • Stephanos Bibas, current judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Beth Simmons, Andrea Mitchell University Professor in Law, Political Science, and Business Ethics
  • Karen Tani, Seaman Family University Professor in Law and History
  • Amy Wax, Robert Mundheim Professor of Law
  • Tobias Barrington Wolff, Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law; Deputy Dean, Alumni Engagement and Inclusion
  • Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition
  • David Hoffman, William A. Schnader Professor of Law
  • Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, Earle Hepburn Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy; Co-Director, Institute of Law & Philosophy.

The School's faculty is complemented by renowned international visitors in the frames of the Bok Visiting International Professors Program. Past and present Bok professors include Helena Alviar (Dead of Faculty of Law, University of the Andes), Pratap Bhanu Mehta (President of the Centre for Policy Research in India), Armin von Bogdandy (Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), Radhika Coomaraswamy (Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Special Rapporteur for Children and Armed Conflict 2006-2012, Member of the UN Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar), Juan Guzmán Tapia (the first judge who prosecuted former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet), Indira Jaising (Former Additional Solicitor General of India), Maina Kiai (UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association 2011-2017), Akua Kuenyehia (Former Judge of the International Criminal Court; Former Law Dean of University of Ghana), Pratap Bhanu Mehta (President of the Centre for Policy Research in India), and Michael Trebilcock (Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toronto).

Some of Penn's former faculty members have continued their careers at other institutions (e.g., Bruce Ackerman (now at Yale), Lani Guinier (now at Harvard), Michael H. Schill (now at Oregon), Myron T. Steele (now at Virginia), and Elizabeth Warren (at Harvard until her election to the United States Senate)).

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