Community Service

Given its urban location, Penn offers innumerable opportunities to get involved in community service projects.  As an attorney, you will aim to make a positive mark on the world around you in a service profession. As an undergraduate, contributing to the betterment of the urban neighborhoods around this university is a wonderful way to begin outfitting yourself for this role.

Civic House, the main umbrella organization for community service at Penn, maintains an excellent web site with information on ways to volunteer. The Netter Center for Community Partnerships also offers many community service opportunities.

The activities that many pre-law students undertake include:

  • Tutoring at inner-city schools
  • Providing peer education
  • Volunteering at a homeless shelter
  • Staffing a crisis hotline
  • Building homes through Habitat for Humanity
  • Raising funds for charitable organizations


Campus Extracurricular Activities

Many pre-law students are involved on campus. Whether you choose to devote time to playing on a sports team, singing in an a cappella group, or writing for a student magazine, it is important that you demonstrate leadership and commitment to activities that genuinely interest you. To learn more about student activities at Penn visit the Office of Student Affairs.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of pre-law related student groups:

International Affairs Association (IAA)

Ivy League Undergraduate Research Symposium (ILURS)

John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society

Penn Black Pre-Law Association (BPLA)

Penn Diplomacy and Policy Council

Penn International Relations Undergraduate Student Association

Penn Mock Trial

Penn Society for International Development (PennSID)

Penn Undergraduate Law Journal

Penn for Youth Debate (PFYD)

The Petey Green Program

Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity (PAD)

Service Link

University Honor Council (UHC)

University of Pennsylvania Consumer Assistance, Support, and Education (Penn CASE)

University of Pennsylvania Democrats (PennDems)

University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC)

UPenn College Republicans

Wharton Business & Law Association (WBLA)