To be eligible to receive the LLM degree from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, you must complete the mandatory Pre-term program (5 credits) and attend full-time for two academic semesters, taking between 9 and 17 credits per semester.
The Course Track requires 19 credits in addition to the 5 credits earned during the Pre-term program, for a total of 24 credits. One of the 24 credits can be earned as an associate editor on a journal.
The Thesis Track requires 19 credits in addition to the 5 credits earned during the Pre-term program; 7 of the total credits are allocated to work on a substantial scholarly thesis, which must be of publishable quality.
LLM Public Service Program
The Toll Public Interest Center is excited to welcome LLMs as participants in the Law School’s commitment to service. As integral parts of the LLM program, public service and pro bono provide you with important opportunities to develop your professional skills while learning more about the communities that exist beyond the walls of the Law School.
Though not a graduation requirement, LLMs are welcome and encouraged to take part in Law School-approved pro bono work. Learn more about placement opportunities at the Toll Public Interest Center.