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Cross-Disciplinary Education

As the boundaries of traditional legal practice and scholarship blur, whether across such fields as business or environment or human rights, a cross-disciplinary approach to legal education is critical to preparing law graduates who can navigate this increasingly complex world as leaders and influential decision-makers.

As part of Penn, one of the world’s preeminent research institutions, Penn Law is the only top law school with as many elite professional schools and departments as proximate to each other on campus, as intellectually connected and seamlessly integrated into the curriculum.

We encourage students to participate in our cross-disciplinary programs. Last year our 2L and 3L students took nearly 700 classes outside the Law School as individual courses or part of a formal joint degree or certificate program.

More than 100 students graduate each year with joint/dual degrees or certificates. In addition, Penn Law’s clinical programs range from child advocacy, international law, legislative affairs, mediation, public interest, to the Supreme Court. These programs engage students directly in real-world casework and provide outstanding professional development opportunities.

Centers, institutes, and programs at the Law School - and across Penn - bring together faculty and practitioners to conduct research and host lectures and many of our symposia examine key challenges in the law and related fields, such as business and economics, environment, health, regulation, and technology and intellectual property.

Our faculty  are leaders in the law and related fields; in addition to the JD 70 percent of Penn Law faculty hold advanced degrees, and approximately 50 percent of faculty have secondary appointments or affiliations with other Penn professional schools, departments, or centers. No wonder that more than 50% of courses offered at Penn Law are cross-disciplinary. 

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