DaleCooper wrote:Lawyer1234 wrote:What are Penn Law, its Profs, and its Students especially known for. I hear it is one of the biggest feeders of BigLaw, true? Does this mean most Penn students specialize in corporate law? What is Penn's reputation among law firms, academia, and TLSers?
Since nobody else wants to be helpful... I'm far from the best person to answer this, but I'll try to combine TLS stereotypes with my very limited observations (I don't go to Penn, though I have visited it). Feel free to disagree unless you go to Chicago, in which case YES YOU ARE ALL LIKE THAT.
• Urban campus in "University City", a really nice neighborhood sandwiched between the Fresh Prince part of Philly and the Ben Franklin part of Philly.
• There are some cool upscale restaurants and gastropubs in the area, along with all the typical street chains you'd expect.
• The campus can feel kind of sterile in places, but there are enough vagrants to make it feel like a Gotham City backlot.
• The law school has fairly well-rounded student body, leaning slightly nerdy if anything (laid-back and social nerdy, not Total Aspie like Chicago).
• It's "interdisciplinary", whatever the hell that means.
• Seriously, though, they do seem to love JD/MAs, JD/MBAs, JD/PhDs, and courses on "X and the Law".
• You can take 12 hours outside of the law school. That's fairly common in T14 land, but it's worth noting because Wharton is down the street.
• You'll get Ivy Cred with certain types of people, somewhere below Harvard and Yale but somewhere above Cornell.
• The law school is really pretty... it's four interconnected buildings arranged around a closed courtyard.
• There's a [goat] statue they're quite fond of. IMO, Badass [Goat] > Thomas Jefferson. YMMV.
• There's a security guard who knows what all the students look like, and will call you out if you aren't one.
• The campus bookstore is just a Barnes & Noble with red-and-blue signs instead of green signs. It's kind of weird.
• The NYC corporate placement is really solid, both because of the school's reputation and because of the easy commute for networking and interviews.
• People below a certain education level will forever confuse your school with the place up the road where they rape kids.
On the whole, I was pretty impressed by it. If you like cities, it's a good place to be. If you don't, it's probably not.
(EDIT: Turns out it's a goat, not a dragon. Oops.)
This is all absolutely credited.
The only thing I'd add is that Penn seems to have more of a relaxed atmosphere with lots of socializing.