#PennLawLife: New Beginnings
This blog series from current students examines aspects of #PennLawLife.
Spring signifies new life, especially in the northeast United States, and in particular this year, where the winter doldrums have been memorably severe. Each spring for the past three years I have had the pleasure to serve as the Chairperson of the Penn Law Post-Acceptance Committee (PAC). As a group our raison d’être is to extend a warm and gracious welcome to those students who have survived a multitude of academic blizzards to be admitted to one of the premiere law schools in the country. The opportunity to open our doors to potential colleagues and their families, as they make what we know from experience is a life-changing decision, is a privilege the entire Penn Law community embraces with an enthusiasm surpassed only by that of our guests.
The admissions cycle is long and arduous, but Admitted Students Weekend (ASW) is in earnest the beginning of the end. ASW is the beginning of a journey unlike any other, one that will feature emotional struggles, academic achievement, difficult decisions, community engagement, and enduring relationships. For many years the members of the Penn Law incoming class have convened on campus for ASW to listen, learn, and decide whether to accept our invitation to begin a lifelong relationship with this remarkable institution. The members of the Penn Law Class of 2017 are no different in this regard, although this year’s class is unique because they will join our community at a time when we begin anew with a change in leadership.
As my Penn Law education has reinforced, there are a variety of perspectives from which you can approach any issue, so this is an appropriate time to acknowledge that while the new is often exciting there is also some measure of uncertainty involved. Fortunately, the Penn Law Class of 2017 is exploring the new at one of the oldest and most consistently successful legal institutions in the country. As sure as night turns to day and winter turns to spring, Penn Law graduates young lawyers to tackle the challenges of the day and welcomes exceptional students to be part of our community and to experience what is so special about this place. #PennLawLife
As a member of the Penn Law Class of 2014, I want to encourage the newest members of our community to explore every opportunity offered at Penn Law because you will enrich your experience exponentially. As the outgoing Chairperson of PAC, I want to say congratulations again for all you have accomplished thus far and wish you many more successes as you begin a new chapter. Finally, as a soon-to-be Penn Law alumnus, I implore you to embrace the network of alumni spread throughout the world who are available to support you, and ask that you continue to foster the culture that makes Penn Law a truly special place.
Steve Stoute Jr.
J.D. Candidate, 2014