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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.

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 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.

Students thoughts on the Summer 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