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Penn Law LLM Summer Program: Foundations in U.S. Law and Culture 

Our innovative Summer Program provides an academic grounding in the U.S. legal system as well as social, cultural and professional opportunities.


 LLM Class of 2015 - Summer Program Banquet

The program includes two introductory courses:

  • Foundations of the U.S. Legal System:  This three-semester-hour intensive survey course at an advanced level 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 two-semester-hour course covers the basic skills of US lawyering, including predictive analyses and writing, effective and efficient communication and basic legal research.

The Summer 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.

Summer Program Student Profiles

“My best experience at Penn Law was The Summer Program.  It was a good time to meet other classmates and adapt to the US law school setting and a new life.”          

- LLM Student, class of 2014