Welcome from the Dean
Penn State Law will provide you with a legal education to prepare you for success in a rapidly changing legal profession. Technology, globalization, and the need for crosscutting knowledge are transforming our society and how legal services are provided. We are innovating and providing individualized mentoring and career support to help you develop and achieve your goals.
We are committed to Penn State Law being a welcoming and inclusive environment for every member of our community, and to actively combatting bias and inequality at the law school, Penn State, and our broader society. Over 500 alumni, students, faculty, and staff signed the Statement of the Penn State Law and School of International Affairs Community Against Racism, and we developed concrete diversity, equity, and inclusion action steps through active listening that we are implementing and will continue to build upon.
At Penn State Law, you will have all the resources of a world-class public research institution with small classes taught by a faculty of prominent legal scholars and leading practitioners. You can choose to focus your studies in one of our many areas of strength, including advocacy and litigation; antitrust and competition law; arbitration, mediation, and negotiation; corporate law and practice; energy and environmental law; health law; intellectual property; international, foreign, and comparative law; law, science, and technology; national security, military, and veterans; and more. We also prepare our students to lead by exposing them to cutting-edge technology through our Legal-Tech Virtual Lab.
We recognize the importance of learning by doing and treat the broader world as our classroom. Our nine clinics and practicum provide you with a wealth of opportunities to explore practice areas and help underserved communities. Our students have worked on cases considered by the U.S. Supreme Court and have honed their advocacy skills through national and international moot court and trial competitions, including winning the 2019 world championship in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. Our home, the state-of-the-art Lewis Katz Building, allows you the freedom to explore the world virtually from our classrooms and interview rooms. Our innovative Externships Everywhere program lets you pursue career opportunities anywhere in the world while participating via our advanced distance-learning technology in classes in University Park.
From the moment you choose Penn State Law, you join the Penn State community and have the resources of one of the world’s leading research universities at your fingertips. You can take graduate-level courses, develop an individualized joint degree with one of Penn State’s many nationally ranked graduate programs, or participate in dozens of active law school organizations or hundreds of university-wide student groups. The School of International Affairs is co-located with us in the Katz Building, providing unparalleled opportunities for you to connect your legal education to a cutting-edge global community.
You will launch your career with the support of the world’s largest alumni network, more than 725,000 strong all over the globe. We will connect you to that network through our comprehensive mentoring program, which begins during the admissions process and continues through graduation, and the individualized support of our professional Career Services staff. Our aim is to help you shape a fulfilling career. And when you need a break from studying hard, you can unwind with NCAA Division I and intramural sports, convenient fitness facilities, outdoor activities, arts and cultural events, Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream, and a welcoming environment of more than 46,000 enthusiastic and friendly Penn State students from around the world. Our community truly deserves its name of “Happy Valley.”
I invite you to explore our program further here on our website or in person through a visit. We look forward to welcoming you to Penn State Law in University Park.
Hari M. Osofsky
Dean, Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of International Affairs, and Professor of Geography