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LLM Program

Penn Law’s LLM program is over a century old and recognized among the attracting top students from around the world.

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LLM students in front of the Philadelphia skyline. Photo by Rafael Calinisan LLM ‘14.

The program is a one-year, full-time course of study in advanced legal topics designed primarily for lawyers trained outside the United States.  Students select courses from an extensive curriculum of specialized courses and seminars at Penn Law.  Penn Law grants a generalized LLM that allows each student to design his or her own curriculum and, in doing so, may choose to focus on a particular topic.   LLM students take courses alongside our upper level JD students and are with us for ten months including the five week summer program.  

Penn Law LLM students are also eligible to enroll in the Wharton Business and Law Certificate,  a custom designed program for Penn Law LLM students taught by Wharton faculty and  industry experts selected for their teaching skills, subject expertise and ability to offer applied concepts and examples to participants.  All LLM students may participate in this program which runs concurrently with the LLM program.

In addition to our outstanding course offerings, our LLM students have the opportunity to gain real world US legal experience.  As an integral part of the program, the LLM Public Service Program provides students with important opportunities to develop their professional skills while learning more about the communities that exist beyond the walls of Penn Law.  LLM students are also eligible to participate in four clinical programs focusing on Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property and Technology, International Human Rights and Immigration, and Mediation.

At Penn Law, LLMs also have the opportunity to get involved with JDs in student groups ranging from Law School Light Opera Company to Penn Soccer Club, and including participation in Journal of International LawEast Asia Law Review, and Journal for Law and Social Change.

Penn Law has staff dedicated to supporting LLMs, including a Career Counselor who provides LLM specific programming and materials as well as ample availability to meet individually with LLM students.

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