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Bar, Career and Co-Curricular Questions

Do you offer career services to graduate students? Will I be able to get a job in the US with my degree?

At Penn Law, we have an experienced Career Counselor assigned to graduate students. There is LLM specific programming and resources, as well as ample opportunity to have individual counseling. We provide support for those students who wish to explore both temporary and permanent employment in the U.S. as well as employment outside the U.S.

Please note that due to significant structural barriers very few foreign trained LLMs secure permanent employment in the United States. Most of our LLM graduates find excellent opportunities internationally with new employers or are given significantly increased responsibilities with their prior employers.  

Will an LLM from Penn Law allow me to take a US Bar Exam?

Eligibility to sit for a particular state bar exam varies from state to state. Completion of the LLM degree in itself does not guarantee eligibility to take a bar examination. Moreover, the LLM Program is not intended as a preparation course for any state’s bar exam.

In some states, including New York and California, the completion of an LLM degree along with certain other criteria will allow attorneys with a non-U.S. law degree to sit for the bar exam.

A large number of Penn LLM students sit for state bar exams, typically New York, every year immediately after they graduate. LLM students must familiarize themselves with the requirements of the bar exam they wish to take. That being said, we endeavor to stay abreast of changes in bar requirements and make every effort we can to support the students who wish to take a bar exam.

For information on New York and California bar requirements for foreign trained attorneys, please visit the New York site and/or the California site.

For information on taking the PA Bar Exam, please click here.

Can I participate in Journals?

Yes. Several of the Penn Law’s Journals welcome LLMs, including: Journal of International LawEast Asia Law Review,  Journal for Law and Social Change.

Can I participate in Clinical Programs?

Yes. LLM students are also eligible to participate in four clinical programs focusing on EntrepreneurshipIntellectual Property and Technology, International Human Rights and Immigration, and Mediation.

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