Welcome to Penn Law!
Deciding where to attend law school is a very tough decision, and Penn Law continues to be an exceptional choice for LGBT students. Aside from Lambda Law, Penn Law and the university at large boast LGBT resources, such as the LGBT Center and Lambda Grads, all within an open and inviting environment. Accordingly, the University of Pennsylvania has consistently been lauded as one of the best colleges for gay students. At the Law School Lambda Law is active throughout the year, giving support to 1Ls and hosting events—academic, professional, and social. Here is just a sampling of the many programs and initiatives we have:
- Lambda Mentorships: Each 1L is paired with a 2L or 3L mentor before arriving on campus to ease the transition to law school and Philadelphia.
- Academic Panels: Upperclassmen host and give advice regarding outlining, study habits, exam preparation, and employment prospects.
- Law Firm Events: Many law firms have hosted dinner or events for LGBT student outreach and networking.
- Political Events: Lambda has hosted speakers from Lambda Legal, other law schools, and other attorneys.
- Williams Institute Moot Court Competition: In recent years, LGBT students have attended the National Sexual Orientation Moot Court Competition at UCLA to argue a brief that they wrote.
- Annual Lambda Chili Party: LGBT Penn Law Faculty host an annual chili dinner for LGBT students, staff, and faculty.
- Other Social Events: The LGBT students at the law school regularly attend Happy Hours, Bar Crawls, potlucks, as well as mixers with other graduate programs at Penn and other law schools in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is an exciting place to be an LGBT student. Besides all of the obvious historical and cultural offerings that Philadelphia has to offer, Philadelphia has a vibrant LGBT community. The city’s population draws from a diverse demographic, and because of the large number of universities in the city, there are many LGBT students that reside in the Philadelphia area. Centered around what locals refer to as “the Gayborhood” in Center City, Philadelphia has a number of gay-owned businesses and restaurants. Penn Law students are frequently seen out together at night at one of Philadelphia’s numerous gay owned bars and night clubs. Every weekend (and often during the week too), groups of us will get together for a night out on the town. Woody’s, Tavern on Camac, and Knock are among our favorite places to hang out. Philadelphia also sponsors its own International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, as well as an Outfest and Freedom Weekend. It is also the home to Equality Pennsylvania, a prominent LGBT rights organization. As you can see, Philadelphia offers many opportunities and social outlets, and creates what many think is the ideal locale for studying law as an LGBT student.
We hope you join us!!
We hope you join us!!