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Craig Carter

I am from Baltimore, MD. I attended Northwestern University where I majored in Industrial Engineering.

After graduating from Northwestern, I spent two years as a management consultant for Oliver Wyman. Following Oliver Wyman, I served as Chief Financial Officer for Urban Prep Academies, a non-profit organization that operates three Charter Schools for Boys in Chicago.

A desire to change public education.
In the short-term, I would like to pursue a career in Investment Banking or Private Equity. Long-term, my desire is to leverage the resources, relationships, and experiences acquired at Penn and during a successful professional career to become a public servant who leads legislative initiatives to structurally change public education.

When considering a professional education, I was instantly drawn to Penn’s cross-disciplinary approach. As such, I decided to pursue a JD/MBA, seeking a comprehensive education that will prepare me to better understand both the legal and business aspects of an ever changing economy and legal field. I believe the JD/MBA will not only provide me with a foundation in the law, but also an ability to understand complex environments, which is essential to achieving sustainable solutions to our country’s biggest problems.

An opportunity to learn from my peers.
As a first-year law student, I have focused on developing as legal scholar inside the classroom. Outside of the classroom, I have been provided with the opportunity to learn and leverage the knowledge and experiences of my peers. The courses and my peers have been particularly invaluable preparation to impact this world and attack some of our country’s most perplexing problems.

Penn Law has a world-class career planning office that helps each student develop a brand, which highlights marketable strengths to potential employers. With the help of the Career Planning Office, my peers and I are prepared enter the workforce and succeed thereafter.

The welcoming Penn Law culture.
In all of my experiences, I have always focused on developing meaningful relationships, believing that grades do not secure employment, money does not acquire commodities, and keys do not open doors – people do! The ease and breadth in which students collaborate has definitely impacted my formal education. However, the comfortable and welcoming Penn Law culture has created a family-like environment in which many life-long relationships have been born. My education has been undoubtedly enhanced by each relationship cultivated by the Penn collaborative spirit.

My best law school experience was the finals party right after first semester finals concluded. Our entire class had worked tirelessly the entire semester to get to that point. The excitement, happiness, and relief that pervaded the halls of Penn Law that afternoon will never be forgotten.