Core wrote:Does Penn have any sort of mentor system? I know Chicago has something like this.
The Morris Fellow program is the "official mentor", I guess. I never did anything with nor even met with mine (yes, I am a bad person). On the other hand, my legal writing instructor (a 3L) has been great! Her outlines alone have guided me through several classes. She has answered every law school or law practice related question I, or my writing group, have had. She also had a resume that was so impressive, it gave me something to be in awe over, maybe strive for, if i had that sort of drive. Also every 2L and 3L I have talked to has been great about giving out outlines, study advice, job advice, OCI advice, etc. The students at Penn really are what makes the school great.
Core wrote:Do you find Penn offers a lot of support for those students interested in publishing?
While I do not have as much prospective on this personally, I would say yes. The profs really seem to want to get to know you and I know several 1Ls who have had in-depth conversations about help with writing comments and notes (1 is even working this summer for a prof who he is going to hopefully publish with in the future)
Core wrote:What is your favorite aspect of your experience at Penn thus far (cheesey, I know)?
As a 1L, I love the students, they have been great. If 1L is the hardest my life gets, then I am either dying tomorrow or going to live an awesome life. "The OMG will I get a job aspect" is kind of crushing the fun and jovial nature of "we will all make $$$, so relax attitude" students have had in the past but we are all very positive about it and I believe we, as a class, will be much better off during Fall OCI: (1) b/c the economy and firms have stabilized and better know what they need in terms of hiring & (2) We know not to reach in terms of the firms we bid on and to spread our resumes through smaller markets/ back-home/ and through government and PI work we will enjoy, b/c our 2L summer is very important. But we are all (me at least) pretty pumped to do Fall OCI. (Saying this, I still pray daily I get a job next year/when i graduate)
Core wrote:Less important, but...
I've read that Penn is very supportive of (and boasts a fairly large contingent of) LGBT students - how true have you found this?
I'm not part of Lambda at the law school but I know they have tons of members, who are very active and who put on great events. I am actually in the Federalist society but I'm pretty sure the LGBT friendly nature of Penn even crosses over into clubs like the Federalist Society. I would 100% say that Penn is very LGBT friendly and is proud of it.