University of Pennsylvania to Host 41 Professional Women from the Middle East for the Legal and Business Fellowship Program: Penn Law and the Wharton School Launch Annual Program in Partnership with AMIDEAST and U.S. Department of State

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The University of Pennsylvania Law School, the Wharton School, and the National Council for International Visitors are working with America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST) to implement the Legal and Business Fellowship Program (LBFP), which is funded by the U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).

This impressive group of women embodies these aspirations, and we are happy to stand with them as they develop new business and legal skills to help their communities flourish.

    The LBFP will bring 41 leading young female leaders in business and law to Penn's campus from March 18 through April 13 for a four-week executive education program either at Wharton or Penn Law, depending on each woman's professional experience. Upon completion, the participants will be placed in five-month internships with large companies and top tier law firms across the United States.

The LBFP is open to professional women between the ages of 22-32 from 16 countries and territories: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen. Acceptance into the program is based on an applicant's leadership potential, commitment to professional growth in the business and legal sectors of their local economies, and knowledge of English.

"The LBFP is intended to provide talented young women working in business and law with opportunities to learn management, business and legal skills while working in the U.S. business and legal environments," Penn President Amy Gutmann said. "As home to both an eminent law school and business school, Penn is uniquely situated to host these women for the educational portion of their program. This exceptional opportunity will enable our guests to experience the academic rigor of one of the world's finest institutions in one of the greatest cities in the country."

"The Middle East Partnership Initiative supports the aspirations of people in the region seeking greater freedom and opportunity," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scott Carpenter. "This impressive group of women embodies these aspirations, and we are happy to stand with them as they develop new business and legal skills to help their communities flourish."

The women begin the academic portion of the fellowship program on March 18. "Wharton and Penn Law are looking forward to working with this diverse group of women," said Sandhya Karpe, senior director of executive education at Wharton. "Gathering such a large group of women from a wide variety of countries will encourage information-sharing, networking, and bridge-building among the participants and faculty. It is from such unique opportunities that great ideas--and change--can emerge."

About the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Penn Law's distinguished history began with our nation. In 1790 James Wilson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and framer of the Constitution, presented his first lecture in law to President George Washington and Vice President John Adams. Today, Penn Law leads with our emphasis on cross-disciplinary study within the framework of a legal education. More than 70 percent of the Penn Law faculty hold advanced degrees in complementary fields and more than a third hold secondary appointments within the University. Students can enroll in certificate and joint degree programs and can take up to four classes within the University as part of their J.D. degree.

Penn Law offers the J.D., LL.M., LL.C.M., and S.J.D. degrees. The small size of each entering class (approximately 245 J.D.s and 80 LL.M.s) contributes to the collegial atmosphere for which the school is renowned.

About the Wharton School

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania--founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school--is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. The most comprehensive source of business knowledge in the world, Wharton bridges research and practice through its broad engagement with the global business community. The school has more than 4600 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; and an alumni network of more than 81,000 graduates.

Each year, Wharton Executive Education works with more than 8,000 business leaders on its campus in Philadelphia, at Wharton West in San Francisco, and at sites around the world. The Wharton Learning Continuum is Wharton Executive Education's model for delivering Impact Through Education(TM)--supporting companies and individuals in a 9- to 12-month learning process that is designed collaboratively with clients, delivered by Wharton faculty, and monitored to produce specific outcomes.

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