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University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Pre College Academy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Get InfoApply NowIntensive full day Ivy League pre-college experience at University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School Pre College Academy3 Week ProgramApply and Enroll by December 18 and Save $300For students completing grades 10, 11, 12 (ages 15-18)
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      • Penn Law Pre-College Academy

        The Penn Law Pre-College Academy is a rigorous academic program that gives high school students from around the world the opportunity to experience law school at a world-class university. This 3-week intensive academy provides a well-rounded introduction to the American legal system and how law is practiced in the United States, and also allows students to specialize in one of three specific fields of law: Business & Entrepreneurship Law, Human Rights & Legal Advocacy, or Sports & Entertainment Law.

        Week One & Two: Students will spend the first two weeks of the academy taking an accelerated first-year law school curriculum, including such doctrinal legal subjects as contract, torts/liability, constitutional, and criminal law. Through the study of these doctrinal legal subjects, students will gain an understanding of the American legal system, develop legal reasoning skills, and experience the Socratic Method of dialogue with Penn Law professors.  With that foundation in place, students will also hear lectures on the cutting-edge legal issues that are shaping America today from Penn Law’s fully tenured professors.

        Week Three: (choose one specialized area of law)

        • Business & Entrepreneurship Law From start-ups and intellectual property, to negotiating and drafting contacts and agreements, students will gain a firm understanding of the specialized legal areas important to the success of the entrepreneur and businesses in general. 
        • Human Rights & Legal Advocacy Examine the institutions, instruments, and cases that constitute the basis for the key civil, political, and economic issues in contemporary domestic and international human rights, such as trafficking in persons, the status of refugees, transitional justice, and gender equality.
        • Sports & Entertainment Law Whether a sports team or media company, explore the wide range of legal and business expertise needed to represent clients effectively, including such topics as intellectual property, licensing, labor and employment law, contracts, and negotiations.

        Program Highlights

        • Law School Experience at an Ivy-League Institution A one-of-its-kind opportunity for high school students to experience the first-year law school curriculum at an Ivy-League university.
        • Access to Renowned Faculty & Thought Leaders Drawing on the scholarship of one of the nation’s top law schools, directly learn from Penn Law faculty and legal practitioners on the cutting-edge legal issues that are shaping the United States today.
        • Unique Chance to Observe Law in Action Visit court rooms and firms to experience the legal profession first-hand.
        • Opportunity to Pursue Your Own Interests In addition to gaining a firm understanding of the American legal system, the Academy provides the chance to specialize in a focused area of law.
        • Build a Strong Foundation for Future Success The Academy is designed to help further develop and fine-tune the communication, analytical, logical reasoning, and leadership skills essential for future academic and professional success. 


        Admissions to the Penn Law Pre-College Academy is selective and based on a record of academic achievement and leadership. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis and admissions decisions are made by Penn Law. The specialized area of law for Week Three (Business & Entrepreneurship Law, Human Rights & Legal Advocacy, or Sports & Entertainment Law) is expected to be chosen upon applying for the program.

        About Penn Law

        A member of the Ivy League, the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is one of the oldest and most selective law schools in the world, with a history of innovation in education. Distinguished alumni include global political leaders, jurists, law professors, managing partners at top firms, and corporate counsel at Fortune 100 companies. With its beautiful and historic campus in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the U.S. Constitution, Penn Law is the perfect setting for a pre-college law academy.

        Who Should Take This Course?This Academy is ideal for students who want to get a taste of what law school will be like.HighlightsStudents get to hone their communication, analytical, and leadership skills while developing a strong foundation for success in the pursuit of a career in law.DatesJul 5 - Jul 25: 3 Weeks  |  Jul 6 - Jul 24: 3 WeeksSimilar Course Available AtGeorgetown U, U Miami, U Texas Austin, U MichiganApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939