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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 typically have an LLM degree from a US Law School.  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 Penn Law or a comparable institution. 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?

Penn Law does not have a minimum score requirement. In general, we look for a TOEFL score of at least 100 or IELTS score of 7. We also look at the breakdown for listening, speaking, writing and reading to ensure that all indicate a high level of English proficiency. However, a lower score in one area or overall does not automatically preclude an applicant from consideration for Penn Law’s Graduate programs. Applicants whose test score(s) falls below the targets set forth above, should feel free to highlight any specific issues in the personal statement portion of their application they feel might strengthen their application in this regard, such as time spent in English language environments, work done in English, English language publications, etc. It is also recommended that applicants with scores lower than those set forth above, submit at least one recommendation that addresses, at least in part, their English language ability.

Applicants who have a listening or speaking score below 24 on the TOEFL or below a 7 on the IELTS should consider utilizing “InitialView.”  These interviews are not required and the applicant bears the cost.  For further information and to schedule an interview, please contact InitialView directly at Please note that this is in addition to submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score and not a substitute for either.

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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