Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by filthadelphia » Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:10 pm

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Re: Why Is Penn Secretive with Grades?

Post by Nony » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:18 pm

This doesn't make any sense to anyone who doesn't go to Penn. Maybe post in a Penn thread?

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Re: Why Is Penn Secretive with Grades?

Post by Nony » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:29 pm

Why not post it in the pre-existing Penn c/o 2021 thread? Or "Penn students taking questions" (if we have one)? If you want people who don't go to Penn to weigh in you're going to have to explain what on earth you're actually talking about.

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by wsbl » Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:44 am

Platopus wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:33 pm
ymmv wrote:
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JusticeforTyrion wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:15 pm
Also in Section 3! Anyone know anything about these professors?
Which professors?
Contracts - D. Hoffman
Torts - A. Hoffman
CivPro - S. Burbank
Burbank is probably the best outcome for Civ Pro. Definitely don't come unprepared to his class, though, as he does not take it easy in his cold calls. As you get closer to October-ish, be sure to chat with upper level students about the differences between what/how he teaches, and what will be in the exams.

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by Platopus » Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:27 am

wsbl wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:44 am
Platopus wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:33 pm
ymmv wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:17 pm
JusticeforTyrion wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:15 pm
Also in Section 3! Anyone know anything about these professors?
Which professors?
Contracts - D. Hoffman
Torts - A. Hoffman
CivPro - S. Burbank
Burbank is probably the best outcome for Civ Pro. Definitely don't come unprepared to his class, though, as he does not take it easy in his cold calls. As you get closer to October-ish, be sure to chat with upper level students about the differences between what/how he teaches, and what will be in the exams.
Thanks for the advice, greatly appreciated!

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by NachoRFm » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:21 pm

Q: How is Penn’s placement in DC, controlling for self-selection? Specifically big-law and boutique litigation?
Thanks!!

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Post by ymmv » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:30 pm

NachoRFm wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:21 pm
Q: How is Penn’s placement in DC, controlling for self-selection? Specifically big-law and boutique litigation?
Thanks!!
Pretty excellent my year — seemed like most folks who wanted it got it. It’s hard to say statistically because the vast majority of Penn people target New York, but having interviewed in NY, Philly, Delaware, and DC I can anecdotally say biglaw there is just as doable with minimal ties. The common wisdom is that you will need higher grades for placement at equivalent firms than you would need in NY, and the few numbers we did have available seemed to bear that out. Just more people competing for the same jobs, so firms are presumably screening a little bit more by the numbers.

P.S. vault rankings are meaningless in DC insofar as they mean anything anywhere. If you care about prestige perception it’s more of a Covington, Wilmer, everyone-else-by-practice-area-reputation type deal, I think. Just check out prior year grade distributions if you want to see relative screener cutoffs. Don’t be afraid to email apply and ask for interviews if you don’t get them in the lottery (obligatory start mass mailing early plug).

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by wsbl » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:22 pm

ymmv wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:30 pm
NachoRFm wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:21 pm
Q: How is Penn’s placement in DC, controlling for self-selection? Specifically big-law and boutique litigation?
Thanks!!
Pretty excellent my year — seemed like most folks who wanted it got it. It’s hard to say statistically because the vast majority of Penn people target New York, but having interviewed in NY, Philly, Delaware, and DC I can anecdotally say biglaw there is just as doable with minimal ties. The common wisdom is that you will need higher grades for placement at equivalent firms than you would need in NY, and the few numbers we did have available seemed to bear that out. Just more people competing for the same jobs, so firms are presumably screening a little bit more by the numbers.

P.S. vault rankings are meaningless in DC insofar as they mean anything anywhere. If you care about prestige perception it’s more of a Covington, Wilmer, everyone-else-by-practice-area-reputation type deal, I think. Just check out prior year grade distributions if you want to see relative screener cutoffs. Don’t be afraid to email apply and ask for interviews if you don’t get them in the lottery (obligatory start mass mailing early plug).
Agreed with everything said above. My class just finished OCI, and we have a solid number of people going to DC, and I am pretty sure everyone who genuinely wanted DC (and was reasonably qualified) got something. We place regularly (including this year) everywhere in DC, including W&C, Covington, Wilmer, A&P, etc. etc. Happy to answer any specific questions, but in short, Penn places well in DC.

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by BullPenn » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:03 pm

To add to the above, "boutique litigation" isn't something many go for during OCI. I'll let actual biglaw litigators opine, but my sense is starting out at a boutique immediately after law school isn't the best move. Seems more prudent to start at biglaw and downsize later once you have some baseline skills, in part because more boutique firms will open up for you.

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by NachoRFm » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:09 pm

Awesome! Thanks a lot, everyone.

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by Platopus » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:50 pm

Anyone have outlines for

Bankruptcy - Skeel
Crim - Katz
Con - Kreimer?

Thanks in advance!!

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by ymmv » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:55 pm

Platopus wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:50 pm
Anyone have outlines for

Bankruptcy - Skeel
Crim - Katz
Con - Kreimer?

Thanks in advance!!
I definitely have Katz somewhere, remind me if I haven’t uploaded it within the next couple days.

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by BullPenn » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:31 am

Platopus wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:50 pm
Anyone have outlines for

Bankruptcy - Skeel
Crim - Katz
Con - Kreimer?

Thanks in advance!!
ive got some great skeel outlines, pm me

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by Platopus » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:13 pm

ymmv wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:55 pm
Platopus wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:50 pm
Anyone have outlines for

Bankruptcy - Skeel
Crim - Katz
Con - Kreimer?

Thanks in advance!!
I definitely have Katz somewhere, remind me if I haven’t uploaded it within the next couple days.
Thanks!!

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by RubyRhad » Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:05 pm

Does anyone have an outline for Rudovsky? All the current outline banks are conveniently missing outlines for his class.. guess it's been a minute since he taught Crim.

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by Platopus » Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:09 pm

Platopus wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:13 pm
ymmv wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:55 pm
Platopus wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:50 pm
Anyone have outlines for

Bankruptcy - Skeel
Crim - Katz
Con - Kreimer?

Thanks in advance!!
I definitely have Katz somewhere, remind me if I haven’t uploaded it within the next couple days.
Thanks!!
Bump on this request, if possible. Thanks!

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by Platopus » Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:48 pm

Any idea what median GPA is? I've heard a little above/below B+. Is this correct?

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by BullPenn » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:05 pm

Platopus wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:48 pm
Any idea what median GPA is? I've heard a little above/below B+. Is this correct?
Don't overthink it. Somewhere around a B+ is right. Only notable if you're significantly above or way way below.

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by George Marshall » Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:39 pm

Are there any Levy scholars ITT? Really curious about your experiences with the program, the programmatic benefits, etc. Thank you!

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by wow » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:22 am

thoughts on living in powelton village as a 1L? some of the apartments seem really pretty and relatively cheap

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by BullPenn » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:00 am

wow wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:22 am
thoughts on living in powelton village as a 1L? some of the apartments seem really pretty and relatively cheap
it's fine, not great, but typically worth the price. the folks i know who lived there complained mostly about the old houses having issues, so i'd just do a good walkthrough before signing a lease. maybe not worth renting sight unseen, especially walking around the area a bit, too.

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Re: Penn Students & Graduates Taking Questions

Post by Platopus » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:48 pm

wow wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:22 am
thoughts on living in powelton village as a 1L? some of the apartments seem really pretty and relatively cheap

I live in Powelton Village and rented sight unseen and have no regrets. My one bedroom is $1150/month, but includes gas/water/wifi, so it's definitely do-able on the school budget. No real complaints about the apartment either. Only downside is being far from any real grocery store. That said, I think they are opening a Giant Food about 2 blocks away from the law school, so that won't really be a complaint for too long.

OP, feel free to send me a PM if you want more info

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