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MARCH 26, 2020

Dear students,

First and foremost, your health and welfare (and that of your loved ones) is very important to us. We know it is difficult to be physically separate from each other while facing this exceptional disruption to your Penn Law experience and your lives. CP&P is here to support you.

We are reaching out to you with several updates from CP&P. Yesterday afternoon, Dean Ruger communicated the decision to change grading for this semester to mandatory Credit/Fail. We understand that you may have questions about how this, and other potential consequences of COVID-19, may affect your career plans.
 
We will be joining Dean Ruger in his virtual session on Friday at 9:30 to answer your career-related questions. We are also available by phone, video and email. Our virtual office is open 9 to 5, EDT Monday through Friday, and we will do our best to accommodate appointment requests outside of those times as well. We are here to help!  

In addition, here are some additional updates on what we are doing to support you:

  1. Updates on the CP&P web page.
We added a separate Remote Services page on our website to host information that is specific to remote operations of our office, as well as other career-related impacts of COVID-19. This includes regularly updated FAQs, including questions about OCI, summer funding, and clerkship applications.

If you have questions that you do not see addressed, please let us know by emailing us at all-cpp@law.upenn.edu.
  1. We are monitoring the landscape and we are prepared to respond. 
There are many uncertainties right now – the duration and impact of the pandemic is unknown. While employers prepare for a variety of contingencies, many are in a “wait and see” mode with respect to summer employment, and possibly post-graduate employment. Even though information may be uncertain, our commitment to advocating for our students with employers remains as solid as ever. We have been and will continue to communicate with employers, our peers and our colleagues across the industry in order to provide you with the most up-to-date information about the changing landscape.
  1. We are evaluating a delay of OCI. 

Please do your best to stay safe and healthy. And know that we are part of the Penn Law network of resources that are here for you.

We will continue to update you on employment trends every week. Things will continue to change, and we are ready to adapt our programs to meet those changes. Each of you has the support of the counselors in our office who care deeply about you, our partnerships within the law school, the legal community, our strong and exceptionally supportive alumni network, and the exemplary reputation of your law school’s degree.  At all times, we will remain focused on our mission, which is to provide programs and services that enable each of you to understand the full-range of career possibilities available to you, establish and pursue your goals, and achieve the best possible outcomes.

We have begun conversations with private employers about delaying the start to on-campus interviewing so that our students are best positioned to demonstrate their academic achievements. Moving forward, we will look for ways to engage you in this important conversation.  We will also keep you updated on the timing of public sector recruiting and any shifts that may occur.

With warm regards & on behalf of the entire CP&P Office,

Mo Reilly

(she/her)
Assistant Dean & Executive Director, Office of Career Planning and Professionalism
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
t: 215-898-8575
f: 215-573-2400
e: mreil@law.upenn.edu

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