The Penn Pre-Law summer program at the University of Pennsylvania is a pre-college academic program for students interested in US law and the legal system.
Penn Law Pre-College Summer Program gives rising high school juniors and seniors as well as college freshmen and sophomores a chance to try law school at a world-class university. Over four weeks students experience the Socratic Method, visit law firms and court rooms, craft persuasive arguments and develop leadership skills through collaborative teamwork.
The Penn Law pre-college program is a summer academic program for high school and undergraduate students. Students will gain insight into U.S. law and the legal profession while experiencing academic and residential life at the University of Pennsylvania. High School students will discover what law school is like, learn what it means to be a lawyer and gain a better understanding of laws and their role in modern society.
Class work will be supplemented with trips to area law firms, courts, and corporate legal departments to help students gain insight into how law is practiced in the real world. Guest lecturers will give students an opportunity to interact with legal practitioners from a wide array of practice areas. Plus, Law school administrators will provide instruction on how to navigate your way to a career in law.
Sponsored by The University of Pennsylvania Law School, Penn Law Pre-College Summer Program (PLS) is for a talented and select group. Understanding the legal system is important. Whether you plan a career in law, business, government or another field, the Penn Law summer program is a strong foundation for success.
Law permeates all levels of modern society. PLS provides a necessary legal grounding for future success.
Specialized Law Program
During the four-week summer academy, students will take courses at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. PLS features classes which mirror those taken by first year law student. Students develop legal reasoning, and review case briefings as they unravel constitutional law, criminal law and contract law.
Penn Law Summer Academy students will:
Attend lectures and presentations from outstanding Penn Law instructors, legal professionals and guest speakers including Lynne Abraham,
Engage in Socratic dialogue designed to illuminate the American legal system.
Navigate the law through hands-on workshops and group projects.
Receive instruction on how to craft a persuasive argument.
Develop and enhance leadership, critical thinking and analytical skills through collaborative teamwork.
Visit court rooms and law firms.
Speak with leading legal experts across an array of legal practice areas and disciplines.
Gain critical insight into the basic principles that hold American society together.
This is your first step toward success in college, law school and a career in any of the broad professions intertwined with law!