PHILADELPHIA - The combination of cross-disciplinary offerings,
collaboration and superb schooling adds up to a job and paycheck for University of
Pennsylvania law graduates.
According to the
Princeton Review, Penn Law students are hired almost immediately after
graduation and are paid the best salaries. The University of Pennsylvania once
again has retained the top spot in law school rankings for “Best Career
The Review’s annual
study surveyed 19,400 students across 172 law schools. They were ranked according
to the percentage of graduates who are employed one year after graduation and
their median salaries. The 80-question survey asked students to rate
their schools on several topics and report on their experiences.
Heather Frattone, Penn Law’s associate dean for
professional and student engagement, told the Pennsylvania Record that 97.6 percent of the
JD Class of 2015 was employed after graduation. She cited information from the
standard American Bar Association 509 Required Information Report. The median
salary of these graduates is $160,000, Frattone added.
“We’re pleased our talented new
graduates continue to enjoy success in the legal job market,” she said.
“Because the law touches virtually every part
of our lives, we strongly believe that Penn Law’s interdisciplinary academic
program, combined with professional skills training and a highly collaborative
learning environment, best prepares students to be successful lawyers and leaders,
wherever their career paths take them.”
She cited the Center on
Professionalism at Penn Law as an example. The programs - which include organizational
savvy, team dynamics and purposeful communication - prepare the students for any
career and not just law, she says.
“Our Center on
Professionalism, which complements Penn Law’s classroom and legal clinics
offerings, (provides) an array of management and leadership programming in
areas such as finance, negotiation and strategy,” Frattone said.
Because the faculty is
cross-trained, students get another benefit, she said. They are also encouraged
to seek out relationships with law professionals in Philadelphia.
offerings include 35 joint degree and certificate programs offered in
partnership with other Penn professional schools and graduate departments,” Frattone
said. They include the Wharton School, the Perelman School of Medicine and Penn
She said that according to the
most recent reporting to ABA, which would be for 2015, the University of
Pennsylvania had 756 JD students enrolled. There were approximately 70
In the Princeton Review’s press
release announcing the annual law school rankings, it was noted that the survey
asked students about their school’s academics, student body and campus life,
and their career plans. On average, 112 students at each law school were
surveyed for the lists’ 2017 edition. All institutional data used to tally
these ranking lists was collected in 2015-16.
“The schools we selected for this guide all offer academically outstanding
degrees: we recommend them highly,” said Robert Franek, SVP/publisher.
program offerings vary considerably, and we salute and highlight those distinctions
in our profiles. Our purpose is not to rank schools hierarchically or crown any
school as ‘best’ overall. Our goal is to provide school profiles combined with
multiple rating scores and ranking lists to help applicants choose the best
business school for them.”