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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 Summer Program banquet. Photo by Rafael Calinisan, LLM ‘14.

The summer 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 LLM Summer Program begins each year on the last Friday in July. Participation in the Summer Program is mandatory for students enrolling in Penn Law’s LLM ProgramAll successful applicants to the LLM Program are automatically granted a spot in the Summer Program.

The program also features lectures from other members of the Law School and University staff, including:

  • 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: how to use the available Penn Law technology to your advantage 
  • 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 and students have the opportunity to take English for Legal Studies classes as well.

Summer Program Student Profiles

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