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JD Certificates of Study

Students can earn a Certificate of Study in one of several disciplines as part of their three-year JD degree. Typically, these programs require that you take three or four courses in the granting department and one or two courses from a prescribed topic area at the Law School. There are no admissions requirements; all students who successfully complete the requirements are granted the Certificate.

Please note that there is a nominal administrative fee for students earning a certificate.

Resources for reviewing the curriculum and registration procedures around campus.

Wharton Certificate in Management

Partner: Wharton School

The Wharton Certificate in Management is designed to increase the business skills and leadership capabilities of upper-level law students who aspire to lead key parts of a business, non-profit, agency, or firm and form the pool of future top leadership of any organization.

Participants will advance their strategic decision-making capabilities to think faster and more creatively about current competitive strategies and solutions; deepen understanding of organizational dynamics; build capabilities for leading teams across function; and develop knowledge in core areas of running an enterprise, including marketing, management, strategy and finance, particularly the understanding of how financial data is generated and reported. The focus will be on how these core areas connect to other disciplines based on current research and best practice. The Wharton Certificate in Management is designed by Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education, in conjunction with Penn Law.

For more information, please visit the Documentation on the Certificate Program (PDF) or read the announcement about the program.

Business Economics and Public Policy

Partner: Business Economics and Public Policy Department at the Wharton School
Requirements: Complete two credit units at Wharton in the Business Economics and Public Policy department, a one credit unit Wharton elective, and one approved Penn Law course, most often fulfilled through the first-year regulatory elective.

Documentation on the Certificate Program (PDF)

Cross-Sector Innovation

Partner: School of Social Policy & Practice
Learn about leadership, cross-sector collaboration, organizational structures, and social movements in preparation for a career in a non-profit or non-governmental organization.

Requirements: The certificate requires a total of five courses – three courses taken in the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Non-Profit /NGO Leadership program and two at Penn Law.

Documentation on the Certificate Program (PDF)

East Asian Studies

Partner: Center for East Asian Studies at the School of Arts & Sciences

Requirements: Complete four courses in the general area of East Asian Studies. Three of these courses are taken in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and must be primarily related to the study of East Asian societies. The fourth course is taken at Penn Law and will ordinarily include a component involving East Asia, but may be in the area of International Law.

Documentation on the Certificate Program  

Environmental Policy (regulation)
Environmental Science (hard science)

Partner: Institute for Environmental Studies at the School of Arts & Sciences

Requirements: Take five courses approved by Environmental Studies, with up to two of these possible at Penn Law.

Documentation on the Certificate Program – Environmental Policy (PDF)
Documentation on the Certificate Program – Environmental Science (PDF)

Gender and Sexuality Studies

Partner: The Women’s Studies Program at the School of Arts & Sciences

Think in an integrated fashion about gender and sexuality and learn from a variety of methodological approaches such as critical feminist, race, and legal theory, cultural studies, and French psychoanalytic theory, as well as traditional disciplinary methodologies.

Requirements: Take four courses approved by the Women’s Studies department, up to three of which can be taken at Penn Law

Documentation on the Certificate Program (PDF)
Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Global Human Rights

Partners: School of Arts & Sciences, Graduate School of Education, Social Policy & Practice, and Wharton

Study global human rights from multiple perspectives.

Requirements: Take five total graduate courses, three of which must be in the Law School and one of which must be at one of partner schools. Law students are required to take Law 759 on International Human Rights.

Documentation on the Certificate Program – Global Human Rights 

Middle East and Islamic Studies

Partner: Middle East Center at the School of Arts & Sciences

Delve into contemporary research on the modern Middle East or study the area’s ancient and medieval languages and civilizations.

Requirements: Successfully complete four courses in the general area of Middle East and Islamic Studies – three courses in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences primarily related to the study of Middle Eastern or Islamic societies, and a fourth course at Penn Law, ordinarily including a component involving Islam or the Middle East, but possibly in the area of International Law.

Documentation on the Certificate Program  

SCAN Neuroscience Certificate

The certificate in Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) will enable graduate and professional students preparing for a wide range of careers to work knowledgeably with neuroscience. The program’s aim is to enable graduate and professional students to incorporate the concepts and methods of neuroscience into their work. This program is ideal for law students interested in the many ways in which neuroscience relates to law, including the brain basis of self-control and anti-social behavior, drug policy, mental health parity, and the use of brain imaging evidence concerning competence, responsibility and truthfulness.

Requirements: SCAN will be a 4-course program, which students can complete in 1-2 years in parallel with study toward their graduate degree.

For more information, please visit the SCAN Certificate Program Center online or email info@neuroethics.upenn.edu.

Other Certificate Options

Other certificate programs, such as the Certificate in Nonprofit Administration at the Fels Institute of Government, may be available on an ad-hoc basis. If, in examining the University’s website, you see any other certificate program of interest to you, please contact us to see about its availability to Law students. 

LLM Program: Wharton Business and Law Certificate

This program has been redesigned for the LLM class entering in the summer of 2012 and is offered in alliance with Wharton’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education.  It is designed for lawyers who wish to acquire:  

  • A strong grounding in business disciplines to better serve their clients, manage their practices, or expand their professional options beyond the practice of law.A robust business vocabulary that enhances workplace communication and an understanding of business culture in the United States.
  • Enhanced skills for the sophisticated presentation of projects, ideas, or investment propositions to colleagues, clients and other professionals from the worlds of both law and business.
  • A better understanding of the core management concepts that will increase their capacity to develop or professionalize a practice, department, firm or business enterprise.

This is a custom designed program for Penn Law LLM students taught by Wharton faculty and  industry experts selected for their teaching skills, subject expertise and ability to offer applied concepts and examples to participants.  All LLM students may participate in this program which runs concurrently with the LLM program. Those who successfully complete its requirements will earn a certificate awarded by The Wharton School’s Aresty Institute of Executive Educationas well their LLM degree from Penn Law. Wharton courses are held in the evenings in state-of-the-art teaching facilities at the Steinberg Conference Center on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.

WBLC students choose three courses from among several areas of study, including accounting, corporate finance, human resource management, responsible business practices, and general management. This certificate program has been designed by the Wharton School’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education exclusively for mid-career professionals seeking to gain business expertise. This program should not be confused with an MBA program and does not include MBA students.

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