Certificate in Law
The Certificate in Law gives Penn graduate students an opportunity to become immersed in important legal topics and issues impacting the areas of their academic disciplines and future professions.
Available for Penn graduate students.
1. The Certificate in Law requires the successful completion of four Penn Law courses:
Offered in the summer, fall, and spring semesters, LAWM 511 is recommended as the first course non-law students take in preparation for additional Certificate in Law coursework.
Three additional Penn Law courses:
Elective courses may be from either the Master in Law curriculum or upper level JD curriculum.
2. Students must be enrolled in a graduate program or professional school at the University of Pennsylvania to earn a Certificate in Law.
3. The courses required for the Certificate may be completed at any time during the candidate’s graduate studies.
4. Students must achieve a grade of B- or better in all courses counting toward the Certificate.
5. The Certificate in Law will be granted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School faculty to Penn graduate students who successfully complete its requirements.
- Upon request and approval, students may substitute for one of the elective requirements, either a law-relevant course from their primary academic program or a cross-listed with law course from their primary school or graduate program. Requests for substitution are made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and are approved by the Academic Director of the ML program.
- If a student has taken one or more courses at Penn Law and wishes to enroll in the Certificate Program, the Master in Law Executive Director or his/her designate may authorize the consideration of these courses toward Certificate in Law completion. We strongly recommend contacting the Executive Director before enrolling in Penn Law courses to assure that the courses selected will count towards the Certificate.
- It is expected that many Law courses will have openings for graduate students in most years. In any given semester, however, graduate students cannot be assured of available spots in all classes. Candidates will be accepted and enrolled into Penn Law courses according to the generally established procedures for non-Law students studying at the Law School please click here for additional registration information.
- The Master in Law Executive Director or his/her designate can meet with interested students to individually tailor a program that satisfies their academic interests (encouraged but not required).
- Certificate candidates are encouraged to participate in the Penn Law community and to attend events and symposia.