Penn Law LLM Pre-Term Program: Foundations in U.S. Law and Culture
Our innovative Pre-Term Program provides an academic grounding in the U.S. legal system as well as social, cultural and professional opportunities.
The program includes two introductory courses:
Foundations of the U.S. Legal System: This intensive, advanced-level survey course addresses aspects of US legal thought and practice that are likely to be unfamiliar to most lawyers trained outside of the United States.
U.S. Legal Writing/Research: This course covers the basic skills of US lawyering, including predictive analyses, writing, effective and efficient communication, and basic legal research.
The program also features programming from:
- Student Affairs Office: making the most of a year of study at a US law school
- Career Planning & Professionalism Office: job search strategies, skills and documents
- Registrar’s Office: course selection and registration procedures
- Information Technology Services: training on Penn Law technology resources
- Visa Registration and related requirements
- Taking the New York Bar Exam
- Continued study of law in the United States
- Taking exams and preparing for classes
There are numerous opportunities for social interaction including a city bus tour, visit to Philadelphia Museum of Art, team building exercises, barbecue and banquet.
Students thoughts on the Pre-Term Program
“This is one thing that separates Penn from other law schools. Personally, this period helped me get a better sense of what and how I should do things for the whole LLM year.”
— Amal Sethi LLM ’16
“A great opportunity to know the fellows and faculty at Penn Law, and a nice transitional period for international students to get familiar with living in Philly as well as American legal education, wonderful experience! ”
— Donglei Liao, LLM ’16
“The summer program was a really great experience which provided me with some invaluable information that I will use to make my year at Penn Law a successful one.”
— Michael Podevyn, LLM ’16