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JD/MA: Joint Degree in Global Business Law, Penn Law & the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)

The Joint Degree in Global Business Law (JD/MA) program is sponsored by the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po). The program allows Penn Law students to graduate with both the JD and French Master degrees after spending their 3L year studying in Paris.

The JD/MA is a multi-disciplinary course that provides a small number of lawyers and students with an in-depth theoretical and practical acquaintance with the nature and needs of the global market by synthesizing law and political science.

JD students apply to join the JD/MA program during November of their 2L year.  If approved by Penn Law’s Office of International Programs, they then apply for acceptance to Sciences Po. To be eligible to apply to the JD/DESS program, JD students must have completed the required 1L program.  Joint Degree students receive 27 credits for the Sciences-Po program during their 3L year.  Prior to their departure, they must ensure they have completed the necessary upper-level semester hours to meet their JD degree requirements.  (i.e., This means students in the classes of 2013/2014 will need to complete 25 credits during their 2L year.) 

At Sciences Po, students take a prescribed course series (several of which are taught in French) including General Introduction to Law, Contracts, Torts & Restitution, Corporations and Agencies, International Trade, Antitrust and Competition, International Contracts, and WTO Litigation. Students are also required to take two optional courses from a list of electives.  While this program provides an academic credential sufficient to qualify graduates to take the bar examination in France, they would realistically need substantial additional preparation before doing so.

At Sciences Po (where some classes are taught only in English, other only in French), students take a prescribed course series, including General Introduction to Law, Contracts, Torts & Restitution, Corporations and Agencies, International Trade, Antitrust and Competition, International Contracts, and WTO Litigation. Students are also required to take two optional courses from a list of electives.

Once at Penn Law, students will be invited to information sessions run by the Office of International Programs to learn more about this program and the applications process.

Additional Information:

* The French title for the degree program is “Master – Droit et globalisation économique.”

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