About the Program
Penn Law welcomes and supports professionals and students from the many schools at the University to take classes with us, complementing their work and studies in other disciplines with studies in law – be it one class or many, earning a Certificate in Law or the distinction that comes with a Master in Law degree.
A Master in Law degree from Penn Law provides a strong signal that you possess expertise in the legal issues that intersect with your professional field and academic interests. Students enrolled in the program’s specialized curriculum will gain a solid understanding of how the U.S. legal system functions coupled with specific knowledge of the law in their areas of interest.*
ML degree candidates take courses in the ML and JD curriculum providing educational interactions with JD students and other professionals and students from across the University. All students benefit as they develop a rich and diverse professional network comprised of both future attorneys and professionals in many diverse fields.
This degree is currently available exclusively to the Penn community - current graduate students and staff. We anticipate offering this degree beyond the Penn community in future years.
Our Certificate of Study in Law gives Penn graduate students an opportunity to become immersed in important legal topics in the areas of their academic interests.
Penn Law welcomes members of the Penn community to engage in our program by taking a course with us. Whether you are interested in exploring the future possibility of law school or in complementing your career or studies in another discipline with the Master in Law degree, we are certain you will find courses and programs of study that interest you and meet your needs.**
*The ML degree is intended to provide exposure to critical issues in the law; however it will not permit a student to sit for any state’s bar examination or otherwise allow recipients to practice law. The American Bar Association regulations do not permit the application of ML classes toward a JD degree. Because the ML is intended to provide students and professionals in fields outside of the law with legal education to complement their professions in disciplines outside of the law, career services are not provided by Penn Law’s Career Planning and Professionalism Office.
**While all members of the Penn Community are welcome to explore our classes and take any available ML courses, we give registration priority to ML degree candidates (those who have applied and been accepted into the ML degree program). Students who take ML classes and later apply and enter the ML degree program may request inclusion toward their ML degree requirements up to two courses/CUs from Penn Law taken prior to matriculation into the ML degree program.