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Master in Law

Where students and professionals from a broad range of fields gain an in-depth understanding of the law and legal principles across disciplines.

“Law shouldn’t be limited to those who make their career as lawyers.”
-Theodore Ruger
Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law

About the Master in Law Program

The Master in Law (ML) Program educates emerging and accomplished professionals from a wide range of fields and areas of expertise in the law and legal foundations of their disciplines. As a world leader in legal education, Penn Carey Law’s ML program provides a unique and unrivaled educational opportunity that creates a deeper understanding of one’s work and scholarship, enabling those in the Program to forge interesting and impactful pathways across many disciplines. Those seeking to advance their careers with valuable legal knowledge and skills can apply to pursue a Master in Law degree, a Certificate in Law, or engage in ad hoc coursework.

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50%

of ML degree students possess >1 advanced degrees at time of application

60%

of ML degree students have 6 - 30 years of professional experience

19

Students from 19 graduate programs across Penn integrate the ML degree program or certificate into their educational plan

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Application Info

Those who wish to enrich their studies or careers in other disciplines with legal education at the Law School are welcome to submit applications for the Master in Law Degree or Certificate in Law.

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Master in Law FAQs

Have a question about ML admissions, the application process, or something else? Check out a compilation of answers to some commonly asked questions.

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Tuition and 

Financing

View information about the ML tuition and learn about options for financing your Master in Law (ML) degree. 

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Catharine Restrepo, Esq. L’93

Executive Director, Master in Law Program

Natalie Dury Green

Director of Operations, Master in Law Program

Kait Johnstone

Assistant Director, Master in Law Program

 

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New joint VMD/ML program allows students to earn both degrees in four years

The dual degrees may be earned at little to no additional cost to a VMD student.

Cross-Disciplinary Depth

Kristina Lynch ML’22 currently serves as an Associate Portfolio Manager at Citizens Bank supporting a commercial portfolio in the Rhode Island market.

Tonya Bennett LPS’11, ML’23 awarded the 2021 EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award

Bennett, a Philadelphia native, has worked at Penn in various capacities for 12 years.

Dr. Farah Jan ML?23

From international relations to virtual reality education: Dr. Farah Jan ML’23 expands her expertise in the ML Program

A self-proclaimed “life-long learner,” Dr. Farah Jan first enrolled in an ML course to help her navigate a new tech venture – and enjoyed it so much that she opted to complete the whole degree.