Master in Law Curriculum
This degree is currently available exclusively to the Penn community of current graduate students and staff.
Our curriculum is designed for students and professionals coming from disciplines outside of the law who wish to complement their academic and professional pursuits with an understanding of the law that impacts their fields. The ML curriculum grounds students with a foundation in U.S. law and provides them opportunities to develop specialized legal knowledge applicable to their fields by combining our uniquely designed ML coursework with classes from our upper-level law curriculum.
ML Degree Requirements
Eight courses are required to complete the Master in Law degree.
A minimum of four courses must be from among the ML foundation classes listed below. Three of these required classes must be Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Methods, Introduction to General Business Law and Navigating the Regulatory State, classes designed to ground students in key legal concepts in the US legal system.
The foundation courses provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamental aspects of law and legal principles across disciplines, including jurisdiction and sources of law, business entities, the regulatory environment, the role and function of administrative agencies, and much more.
At least one of the eight courses required to complete the degree must be taken from Penn Law’s upper-level JD curriculum. The remaining coursework can be taken from either available classes in Penn Law’s rich and varied JD curriculum, or from its ML offerings designed for non-lawyers (ML courses are listed with the suffix ’301’ e.g. LAW XXX-301).
Coursework may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis and members of the Penn community may take one or more ML courses either as stand alone courses of interest or before enrolling in the ML degree program.
Starting the ML program with Introduction to US Law, Law 511-301 is highly recommended. This class is offered Fall, Spring and Summer sessions.
The Master in Law Foundation Courses:
- Corporate Compliance: Policy and Practice - LAW 522-301 - Thursdays 5:30-8:15
- Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Methods - LAW 511-301 Fall: Thursdays from 2:00-4:45 PM; Spring: M/W 9-10:20 AM, Summer-early June 2017 through late July 2017 - T/Th 5:30 - 8:00 PM
An Introduction American Constitutional Law - LAW 505-301:offered Fall and Spring semesters
FALL 2016/SPRING 2017: WEDNESDAYS 5:30 - 8:15 PM
- FALL 2016/SPRING 2017: WEDNESDAYS 5:30 - 8:15 PM
Introduction to General Business Law - LAW 528-301:offered in Spring 2017 on Mondays 5:30-8:15 PM and Fall evenings
- FALL 2016/SPRING 2017: MONDAYS 5:30 - 8:15 PM
Navigating the Regulatory State - LAW 529-301: offered in Spring and Fall semesters, Thursdays 5:30-8:15
- FALL 2016: THURSDAYS 5:30 - 8:15 PM
- SPRING 2017: TUESDAYS 5:30-8:15 PM
Introduction to Health Law and Policy - LAW 530-301:offered Fall semesters
- FALL 2016: WEDNESDAYS 5:30 - 8:15 PM
Introduction to Law and Technology - LAW 506-301:
- FALL 2016: T/TH 6:00 - 7:20 PM
- Introduction to Patent Law - LAW 576-301: Spring 2017: offered fully online
All ML courses are full credit (1 CU) courses.
Upper Level Penn Law courses
In addition to the foundation courses which are specifically designed for students coming to us from outside of the law school, up to four courses from Penn Law’s upper level JD curriculum may be taken to complete the Master in Law coursework. In these upper level courses, Master in Law students will sit along side and interact with Penn Law JD students, enriching the entire classroom with their unique perspectives and experiences while also enabling Master in Law students to better understand how lawyers approach and analyze legal issues in various disciplines.
Dual Degree Candidates
Dual degree candidates may request credit towards their Master in Law degree for up to two law-relevant classes taken outside of the law school while enrolled in a dual or joint program, deemed relevant to their Master in Law studies and subject to the policies and approvals of their other academic program.