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LLM Program Information

What is the LLM program?

The Penn Law LLM degree program is a one-year course of study that is designed for foreign-trained lawyers.  Information on Penn Law’s other degree programs.

What type of LLM degree and certificates do you offer?

Penn Law grants a generalized LLM degree and does not offer other LLM degrees in a specific field of law. Instead, our flexible program affords each LLM student the opportunity to design a curriculum to meet his or her academic and professional goals. In doing so, some choose to focus on a particular topic, e.g. corporate or intellectual property law.

LLM students are also eligible to receive a Wharton Business and Law Certificate, a program specifically tailored to Penn Law LLM students that runs concurrently to the LLM program.  

What courses do you offer and which courses are mandatory for the LLM degree?

LLM students are required to take Foundations in US law and Legal Writing and Research, both of which are offered as part of the mandatory summer program. After that, students are free to design their curriculum from a list of over 80 courses per semester. Read about courses offered.

Please note that, because our faculty is engaged in cutting-edge scholarship in all fields, our course and seminar roster changes frequently and we cannot guarantee that any given course will be taught in any specific semester.  

Learn more about LLM degree requirements.

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LLCM Program Information

What is the LLCM program?

Learn more about our LLCM program.

SJD Program Information

What is the SJD program?

Learn more about our SJD program.

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LLM Summer Program Information

What is the summer program and who is eligible to apply?

The LLM Summer Program is a mandatory part of Penn Law’s LLM degree beginning each year on the last Friday in July. It is only open to Penn Law LLM students.

For information on Penn Law programs offered in the summer open to international attorneys and law students outside of the LLM Program, please see our Legal Education Programs.

Wharton Certificate Program Information

What is the Wharton Certificate Program?

The Wharton Business and Law Certificate (WBLC) is designed exclusively for students enrolled in the LLM degree program. Drawing on key faculty and content from the Wharton School, WBLC introduces participants to the fundamentals of finance, accounting, strategy, responsible business practices and management. The challenging blend of interactive lectures, case studies, simulations, group discussions and faculty dialogue immerses participants in these core business concepts.

More information on the Wharton Business and Law Certificate that is taken concurrently with Penn Law’s LLM Program.   

Who is eligible for the Wharton Certificate Program?

All matriculating Penn Law LLMs are eligible for the WBLC and only matriculating Penn Law LLMs are eligible for the WBLC.

Visiting Scholar Information

Do you offer a visiting researcher or scholar’s program?

Yes, the Penn Law Visiting Scholar and Visiting Researcher Program is intended to accommodate legal professionals who wish to spend a limited period of time at the Law School pursuing research on a particular topic.  This program is administered by International Programs.

Learn more about the the Penn Law Visiting Scholar and Visiting Researcher Program.

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