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Adventures of a soon-to be law student

Adventures of a soon-to be law student

Academically curious students feeling called to study law will revel in our Pre-College Academy at the newly #6 ranked Carey Law School at University of Pennsylvania. Not only will students have the chance to live and learn on an Ivy League campus, but they’ll also have access to internationally renowned professors in their intensive, full-day courses. 

Not sure what to expect? Picture a whirlwind overview of your first year of law school in just three weeks. Students will learn the foundations of the American legal system and dive into legal subjects like contract, torts/liability, constitutional and criminal law. Plus, in the last week of the program, students will be exposed to a diverse range of fields, from environmental law to intellectual property and more.

Whether you’re ready to apply or still deciding if Penn Law is the right program for your summer, we’ve outlined what to expect from this exciting and rigorous academic experience. 

Weeks 1 & 2: Building a foundation in law 

Your first two weeks of Summer Discovery’s Penn Law Pre-College Academy will feel like an accelerated first year of law school, complete with an overview of the American legal system, the foundations of doctrinal legal subjects and cutting-edge lectures on current legal issues. You’ll participate in the Socratic Method of dialogue with renowned Penn Law professors, legal practitioners and like-minded students from around the world.

Week 3: Choosing a specialized area 

In your third week, journey through several timely and specialized fields of law including business & entrepreneurship law, human rights & immigration law, technology, privacy and more. Start to identify which area of law excites you, ask questions to deepen your knowledge and maybe even choose a field to specialize in this week! Imagine visiting court rooms and legal firms to experience these sectors firsthand. You’ll leave with a much clearer idea of what your future holds! 

Kick back on campus or travel the Northeast!

After a long day of absorbing brand-new knowledge in a challenging environment, kick back and relax on UPenn’s stunning campus. Check out the iconic Ben on the Bench statue or stroll through the sprawling, tree-lined walkways. Pick up a racket and have a game of tennis at the Hamlin Tennis Center or take a fitness class at Pottruck Health and Fitness Center. 

Itching to get off campus? Students have no shortage of opportunities to experience the city of Philly, from trips to historical sites like the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to the Liberty Bell and beyond! Enjoy the rich culture and arts scene, and shop til’ you drop at the giant King of Prussia Mall. You might even venture out of state to New York City, the Jersey Shore or Washington D.C. for the full Northeast experience!

Explore our other Penn Programs 

Want to experience the rigor of University of Pennsylvania but not interested in law? Check out our other pre-college programs in subjects like STEM, humanities and more. Students can choose to participate in our research academies and dive deep into one topic they’re passionate about like neuroscience or mathematics. Or, they can choose two wildly different courses to gauge their interests. Whatever you decide, one thing is for sure – you’ll experience massive growth this summer!


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