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LLM Degree Requirements

General Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive the LLM degree, a student must attend full-time for two academic semesters, taking no more than 17 credits per semester and no less than 9 credits per semester, and complete the requirements of either the Course Track or the Thesis Track.

Course Track

Course Track Requirements

a) Complete 24 credits, and

  • One credit, of the 24 required for graduation, can be earned as an associate editor on a journal.

b) Receive the grade of “F with credit” in no more than four semester hours of coursework.

Credits earned in the summer program count toward the credit requirements.

Thesis Track

Thesis Track Requirements

a) Complete 24 credits, 17 of which include credits from courses and seminars; and

b) Satisfactorily complete a scholarly thesis, worth 7 credits, of high analytical quality suitable for publication in a law journal; and

c) Receive the grade of “F with credit” in no more than four semester hours of coursework. 

Credits earned in the summer program count toward the credit requirements.
 

LLM Concentrations

Intellectual Property & Technology Law Concentration
Students must take a total of 4 classes, from a pre-approved list for the concentration , during the year of the their LLM at Penn Law. Two of those classes must be foundational classes offered by standing faculty. The additional two classes can be selected from the full list of courses approved for the concentration that are taught by both standing faculty and adjuncts. Students may take the Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic for credit toward the concentration, but it will be counted as only one of the four classes, even if taken for the full year. One credit classes taught by Bok VIPs will count as ½ of a class.

Global Security, Sustainability, and Human Rights Concentration
Students must take a total of 4 classes, from a pre-approved list for the concentration , during the year of their LLM at Penn Law. Students may take the Transnational Legal Clinic for credit toward the concentration, but it will be counted as only one of the four classes, even if taken for the full year. One credit classes taught by Bok VIPs will count as ½ of a class. 

LLM Public Service Program

The Toll Public Interest Center is excited to welcome LLMs as participants in Penn Law’s commitment to service. As an integral part of the LLM program, public service and pro bono provide students with important opportunities to develop their professional skills while learning more about the communities that exist beyond the walls of Penn Law.

Though not a graduation requirement, LLMs are welcome and encouraged to take part in law school approved pro bono work.

For more information and placement opportunities, please visit the Toll Public Interest Center .