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Master in Law Requirements

Learn more about the Master in Law program at Penn Law!


Eight courses (consisting of three core foundation classes, one track-specific foundation class and four upper-level classes) are required to complete the Master in Law degree. These courses may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis and students have four years to complete these requirements unless they are enrolled in an approved dual-degree program in which case this time frame may be extended.

The three core foundation courses provide a comprehensive overview to the fundamental aspects of law including jurisdiction and sources of law, corporate entities, and the role and function of administrative agencies. The track-specific foundation class grounds students in the key legal concepts of their chosen track.  The upper-level courses are taken from Penn Law’s rich and varied JD curriculum.

Core Foundation Classes:

  • ML: Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Methods
  • ML: Introduction to General Business Law
  • ML: Navigating the Regulatory State

Additional Master in Law Courses:

  • ML: Corporate Compliance
  • ML: Introduction to Constitutional Law
  • ML: Introduction to Health Law and Policy
  • ML: Introduction to Law and Technology
  • Other courses under development

Upper Level Penn Law courses:

In addition to the foundation courses which are specifically designed for Master in Law students, four courses from Penn Law’s upper level JD curriculum will complete the Master in Law coursework. In these upper level courses, Master in Law students will sit along side and interact with Penn Law JD students, enabling the Master in Law students to enrich the JD classroom with their unique perspective and experience and to better understand how lawyers approach and analyze issues related to health law.

Outside Coursework:

Subject to approval, two classes from a student’s current coursework outside of the law school, deemed relevant to the student’s Master in Law studies and taken while enrolled in the Master in Law program, may be considered for credit toward the Master in Law degree.