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Pipeline Programs and Projects

The Provost's Summer Mentorship Program began in 2006 as a summer college preparatory program...

The legal profession remains one of the least diverse in the nation. Lack of representation is a result of systemic racism, disinvestment, unequal opportunity, and unconscious bias. It perpetuates inequity and hinders access to justice for groups that are historically victims of injustice.

At the Law School, we believe that representation of gender, ethnicity, and race matters and that the field of law must be as inclusive as the population it serves. For these reasons, promoting a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community is a priority for our institution. A critical strategy to advancing equity is to actively support and design programs that serve as a pipeline between disadvantaged students and law. Our pipeline initiatives target students at every stage of their academic journey beginning at middle school and leading up to higher education and beyond. Program participants learn about the law school experience, application process, and various legal practices available to them with a law degree. They also gain insight into the basic foundations of the legal system and have access to professional development supports. Read more about our programs and initiatives below.


Pre-College Academy: a rigorous three-week academic program that gives high school students from around the world the opportunity to experience law school.

Provost Summer Mentorship Program: a four-week program that aims to inspire first-generation and underrepresented students in Philadelphia to view higher education as an achievable goal.

Youth Education Partnership (YEP): introduces high school students to the basics of law through weekly lessons and preparing students for a Mock Trial or Moot Court competition.

Street Law Project: a creative approach to providing legal education within Philadelphia public schools and inspiring middle school students to think critically about the law.

Legal Education Partnership: provides comprehensive support to the students and community at the Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School through various activities including mock trial, debate, teen court, and student government coaching.

Council for Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Sponsor: six-week online program designed to prepare undergraduate and graduate students law school enrollment.

Global Institute for Human Rights: a nine-day interactive program aimed at undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate about a career in human rights advocacy.

Penn Carey Law Outreach Program: focuses on students who are ethnically diverse, first-generation college attendees, or who have disadvantaged backgrounds, and aims to help them successfully complete their bachelor’s degrees, and apply to and enter law school.

Catalyst by SEO Law: a 9-month program that assists underrepresented students in applying, and gaining admission, to law school through workshops, JD Advising, attorney mentorship, and exclusive roundtable discussions with admissions officers at law schools nationwide.

Penn Law Summer Diversity Professional Opportunities: provides first and second-year law students the opportunity to spend their summer working at a law firm or corporate in-house legal department.

Weil Gotshal Legal Innovators Program: a partnership with Penn Carey Law and paid public service fellowship that engages incoming law school students in addressing some of the most pressing social and legal challenges in our communities.

First Generation Center on Professionalism Fellowship: a program tailored for first generation students that provides professional development supports as well as opportunities to internalize concepts of belonging and mattering.

U.S. Business Law for the International Practitioner: a five-day, live, virtual course for lawyers trained outside of the United States seeking to expand or grow their practices, or U.S. trained lawyers without a corporate background who are seeking to gain a deeper understanding of business-centric practice areas.

Summer U.S. Law and Technology: an executive education program is intended for practitioners from across the globe who wish to gain a deeper understanding of U.S. technology law.

Recruitment efforts for historically underrepresented populations in the legal profession:

Atlanta University Center Consortium

Leadership Brainery Impact Summit

NYC Bar Association LSAT Prep and Law School Conference (upcoming)

Philadelphia Diversity Law Group Fair

SEO Prospective Applicant Roundtable Discussions

HBCU Pre-Law Summit Expo

Morehouse College Law School Fair Penn Carey Law LALSA Admissions & Student Life Panel Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program (upcoming) Tuskegee University Law School Visit (upcoming)

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Fair

National Black Pre-Law Conference Law Fair Penn Carey Law Inclusion & Engagement Webinar SEO Admissions Panel Individual visits for undergraduate students of color pre-law society events