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Admission Requirements

What are the GPA and class ranking requirements for admission?

There is not a “cut-off” for GPA or ranking for our graduate programs. Most of our successful applicants have outstanding academic credentials from elite universities.

What type of degree do I need to apply for the LLM Program?

In general, you must have a law degree to be considered for the program. We have made exceptions if the applicant has sufficient knowledge to be eligible to apply, such as applicants with an advanced degree in a related field and/or those who have passed an examination in their country, allowing them to practice law there.  Learn more information about LLM application prerequisites.

What are the degree requirements for the LLCM?

LLCM applicants must have an LLM degree. Learn more about LLCM application prerequisites.

What are the degree requirements for the SJD?

SJD applicants must have an LLM, JD, or equivalent law degree from another jurisdiction. Learn about SJD application prerequisites. 

Is professional experience required?

No. We do accept some exceptional students directly from law school.

Can I apply if I am a current law student?

Yes. Current law students are welcome to apply if they will receive their degree prior to matriculation.

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What is the minimum TOEFL/IELTS score required?

There is no minimum score required, but we generally look for a TOEFL score of 100 (IBT) or 600 (WBT); or a 7 on the IELTS. Most successful applicants matched or surpassed these scores; however a lower score does not automatically preclude an applicant from consideration. Applicants with lower scores are encouraged to submit a supplementary explanation of English language ability with their application materials as well as letter(s) of recommendation regarding their English language abilities.

Do I need to take the LSAT or GRE?

No. You do not need to submit a score from the LSAT or GRE exam. However, if you wish to submit scores, you may.

Can I apply to the LLM program if I have an US JD?

Yes. Applicants to the LLM program whose first law degree was earned inside the United States may apply, if they:

  • Demonstrate a level of academic achievement comparable to that of applicants accepted into Penn Law’s JD program;
  • Set forth in their application why they wish to attend a program of study designed for lawyers trained outside of the United States.

Do you accept transfer students into Graduate Programs?

No. Penn Law does not accept transfer students into any of its graduate programs.

Based on my credentials, will I be admitted?

We cannot evaluate candidates’ credentials outside the formal application process.

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