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Increasing Access

BOLD AMBITIONS has opened the doors to Penn Law wider than ever. We have dramatically strengthened our ability to offer the finest legal education to students who live up to our academic standards, regardless of means. 


  • More than 100 percent growth in financial aid has broken down barriers to a Penn Law education.
  • Established 71 new named scholarship funds, including the renowned Levy Scholars providing much needed support for our students.
  • Faculty growth has permitted the Law School to double the number of seminars and courses offered to second- and third-year students.
  • Class size remains small, with approximately 250 JD students in each entering class.


Life-changing doors of opportunity opened during the Campaign as donors established 71 new scholarships funds. Paul Levy L’72 and his wife, Karen, led the way by establishing the levy scholars program. These major scholarships have deepened recipients’ experiences by thoughtfully pairing them with alumni and faculty mentors whose expertise mirrors their specific interest from specialized fields to cross-disciplinary intersections with business, engineering, medicine, technology, and more. “I am deeply gratified to see Levy Scholars able to take advantage of so many compelling opportunities not available at other schools,” says Levy, who chaired BOLD AMBITIONS. “My hope is these Scholars will prove that cross-disciplinary study is essential to success today and that Penn Law is the best place to launch a career.” 



For as long as she can remember, Erica Holland L’15 had seen one major obstacle to her dream of becoming a lawyer: financial resources. Even her undergraduate degree was a first in her family, and scholarships were essential. With support from a nonprofit organization dedicated to college access, Holland applied to Penn as an undergraduate and found the financial aid she needed. Grades and expectations remained high and her horizons expanded. She traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright Fellowship and found opportunities to give back, volunteering with AmeriCorps and serving as a Philly Fellow. Accepted into Penn Law, Holland was named a recipient of the Carolyn CW’64 and Paul Shapiro C’64 L’67 Scholarship, one of 71 new scholarships established during the Campaign. “I want to tell Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro what a privilege it is to earn a JD from one of the best law schools,” says Holland. “I can set an example for my four nephews and two nieces. Neither of my parents completed high school, but I am becoming a lawyer.” Holland sees clearly the role of scholarships in Penn Law’s future. “They bring socioeconomic diversity to our class. You have a different perspective as a person who didn’t grow up with means. I intend to take that point of view into my legal career.”


Being Bold Testimonials