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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 15 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

Effective with the Class of 2016:

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.


Class of 2015:

a) Complete 23 credits, and

  • One credit, of the 23 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 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