Curious about Penn Law? Here you will find plenty of information about Penn and BLSA, including testimonials from both current students and alumni, information on Penn Law's cross-disciplinary opportunities, and profiles of Penn BLSA members and their achievements. If you would like to speak to a current Penn BLSA member, please feel free to email Chelsea Berry, our Alumni & Admissions Chair. We wish you the best of luck in the admissions process and hope you join us soon!
"Coming to Penn I was very nervous because I hadn't interacted with many people at Penn Law. I had heard of the culture of collegiality, but an organization like BLSA really exemplified the meaning of that. From the first BLSA event, I realized I was surrounded with people that were invested in my growth and success."
"The thing that I love most about Penn, and BLSA in particular, is the intentionality around fostering a true sense of community. From the time I arrived at Penn until now, people have taken great pains to make sure that I had everything I need to adjust to law school. From rap sessions with the administration to academic support from my fellow BLSA members, Penn made every effort to help me succeed in my 1L year and beyond. I believe that this makes Penn a unique place to study law."
"What I like most about Penn Law is the sense of community that extends throughout the whole enterprise. I can always count on my teachers to be friendly and ever-willing to assist by filling in understanding gaps. I can always count on classmates to be consistent study partners and all-around friends with whom I can share laughs. Penn really is like a family."
"One of my favorite things about Penn is the Black Law Students Association. It's truly a family and makes me feel at home. From the moment I was accepted, I was flooded with love and guidance. For example, we all have 1L mentors who provide 1Ls with outlines, answers to every question, and support throughut your time at Penn Law. Another very helpful thing that BLSA does is provide everyone an OCI mentor. OCI is one of the most stressful times in law school, but with an OCI mentor, I was able to enter the process with an understanding of what to expect."
"I’ve had the opportunity to tailor my education to my own personal interests. Not only am I interested in business and transactional work, but I’m also interested in politics, elections, and public policy. One of the great things about Penn is it’s emphasis on interdisciplinary education. It has been a great opportunity to get a more holistic graduate school experience."
Penn BLSA's Kendra Sandidge was named Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review for the 2015–2016 academic year. She is the first African-American woman to do hold the postion. She sat down with Penn Law Communications to discuss the purpose of law reviews, how students become editors, and how the Law Review fits into the Penn Law community.
Penn BLSA's Danielle McCall was one of four Keedy Cup finalists for 2016. This extremely prestigious event is Penn Law's most selective moot court competition, bringing in real judges from around the nation to decide the winners. Danielle also serves as the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Chair.