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Carey Law School

Carey Law School

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School 3501 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School was founded in 1850. This private institution is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has an acceptance rate of just 9.39%. For the incoming fall of 2021 class, there were an incredible 8,383 applications, of which 797 were accepted. A total of 283 students enrolled in the program from that pool.

Admitted students have a median LSAT score of 171 and a median GPA of 3.9. Students may submit the LSAT or GRE when applying to Carey as well as two letters of recommendation. The application fee is $80, and students may be asked to complete an interview as a part of the admissions process.

Tuition at Carey is $67,550 and all applicants are automatically considered for scholarships. GI Bill benefits are also available for students with military backgrounds.

14% of students at Carey are first generation college students, 48% are minorities, 55% are women, and 18% are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. 11% already hold a graduate degree and 77% have been out of college for at least one year. Students represent 36 states and 253 undergraduate institutions. Most students are 24 years old.

There is a plethora of certificate options at Carey which students can earn alongside their JD. Additionally, for those who are interested in a dual degree option, there are many degrees to choose from including a MES, MSE, DMD, PhD, MSW, MSEd, MSSP, and more.

As a part of the standard law curriculum, all students must complete a minimum of 70 pro bono hours. Additionally, students must complete at least six credit hours of experiential coursework.

99% of students are employed within ten months of graduation from Carey. Graduates earn an average salary of $158,794 and 97.97% pass the bar exam within two years. The three most common states graduates are found are New York, Pennsylvania, and DC.

11 graduates from the class of 2021 are employed in small law firms (250 or less) and 174 are employed in large law firms (251 or larger). 241 are employed in a position where passing the bar is required and 16 are employed in positions where having a JD is an advantage. Further, many students clerk after graduation. From 2015 to 2020, 386 clerkships were secured by Carey graduates. Additionally, 3% of students clerk for the Supreme Court.

Outside of the classroom, there are more than 45 student organizations to join as well as a vibrant community in Philadelphia to explore. Philadelphia is brimming with history and there are plenty of museums to take advantage of while taking a break from coursework. Additionally, the city is known for its cuisine and dining establishments.

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Length of Program
3 Years

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Employed 10 months post graduation:

    • First Generation Students: 14
    • International students: -
    • Average age(years): -
    • Minority students: 48%
    • Women: 55%
    • Veterans: -
    • LGBTQ: 18%
    • Graduates that passed the bar exam within 2 years: 97.97%
    • Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 250 and less: 11
    • Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 251 and above: 174
    • Median salary of graduate: -

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