Law Students

Dean of University of Pennsylvania Law School Helping School Flourish
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Michael Fitts, the dean for the University of Pennsylvania law school, considered Gregory Peck’s character of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird a role model.

“He was my model,” Fitts says of Gregory Peck. “He could stand up in court and cross-examine witnesses and get to the heart of a problem. But you think about a lawyer today, and that lawyer is not necessarily in a small town. They are dealing with people across the globe, across cultural issues. They are dealing with clients who are experts in some other field. Many of these fields did not exist 50 years ago.”

  
What
Where


Penn was scheduled to announce that it raised $180 million during its most recent capital campaign, a record for the school, which started in 2006. A large portion of that money has already been used to increase student aid, recruit faculty members and expand programs. The money was also used to send students with William Burke-White, a professor, to Uganda to aid in negotiations between rebels and the government.

Fitts became the dean in 2000 and since then, the faculty has increased by 40 percent and the amount of first-year students has remained pretty much the same since then. A first-year class sits at around 240 students. Fitts was raised in Philadelphia and considers himself a local.

“I am a local,” said Fitts. “I love this city. I love the diversity and the sense of community. It is big, but not overwhelming.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Programs from discipline to discipline have been expanded under Fitts’ stint as the dean. The law school students take courses at Wharton and 50 percent of them take courses that are not related to law. Fitts said that what makes it so easy is the proximity of the law school to Wharton.

“Our ability to coordinate classes and teaching is unmatched,” Fitts said. “There is not another university that has so many schools in such close proximity.”





 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

General Municipal Law Attorney with land use experience

USA-CA-Oakland

Oakland office of our client seeks general municipal law attorney with experience advising public ag...

Apply Now

Senior Land Use Attorney with experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks senior land use attorney with 7+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

Immigration Attorney with portable business

USA-VA-McLean

McLean office is seeking an immigration attorney with $500,000+ in portable business.

Apply Now

Litigation Attorney with 5-7 years of civil tort experience

USA-TX-Dallas

Dallas office of our client seeks litigation attorney with 5-7 years of civil tort experience, inclu...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Experienced Insurance Defense Attorney Needed

USA-NY-Bohemia

Insurance Defense firm (with 15 attorneys in Suffolk and Mineola location), seeks attorneys with 5+ ...

Apply now

Corporate / Commercial Attorney | Lebanon, NH

USA-NH-Lebanon

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC seeks an experienced corporate / commercial attorney to join its Lebanon o...

Apply now

Business Law Junior Associate | Burlington, VT

USA-VT-Burlington

Downs Rachlin Martin seeks associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience to join its Commercial an...

Apply now

Business Law Associate | Burlington

USA-VT-Burlington

Downs Rachlin Martin is seeking an attorney with 4 to 8 years of experience to join its very busy pr...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top