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LLM Requirements

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.  

It is important to note that an F1 visa holder may count only one online or distance learning class toward a full course of study each semester.

Additionally, LLM and LLCM candidates may take no more than one course (3 semester hours) from outside of the Law curriculum during their academic program.  For more information on taking a course outside of the Law School, link here.

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 Concentrations

LLMs are not required to complete a concentration during their time at the Law School.  LLMs who satisfy the requirements of one of the above concentrations will have that noted on their transcript soon after spring grades are posted.  LLMs are permitted to satisfy no more than one concentration.

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.