Prior Degrees: To apply to the LLM program, you must already hold a law degree or expect to receive one prior to matriculation.
In special circumstances, we can admit students who do not already hold a law degree. Typically, such students hold a graduate degree in a related field, have already embarked on an academic or professional career, and/or are licensed to practice law in their home jurisdiction. If this applies to you, you must be able to show how legal training is important to the advancement of your career and/or your scholarly work and that you have sufficient legal training to succeed in the program.
Work Experience: Penn Carey Law’s LLM class is made up of lawyers from around the world with a wide range of legal experience. Although most of our successful applicants have at least some work experience, we do have applicants who are accepted directly from their first law degree (or master’s) program.
Domestic Students: Although Penn Carey Law’s LLM is designed for foreign-trained attorneys, U.S. JD graduates are permitted to apply. However, to receive serious consideration, you must be able to demonstrate an exceptional level of academic achievement and explain how you would contribute to the class.
To apply to the LLCM program, you must meet the same requirements as the LLM program. In addition, you must have completed (or will complete by matriculation) an LLM at a U.S. law school. Find more information here.
Applicants to the SJD program must have already earned a JD, LLM or equivalent degree from Penn Carey Law or another comparable U.S. law school.. Find more information here.