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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.

View Information Here on the 2017 Summer Intro to US Law and Legal Methods Course.


Register for Summer 2017 Intro to US Law class through this link to the Penn Law Registrar.

The Master in Law Foundation Courses:

View ML summary course descriptions here.


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. 

To view our courses in the JD curriculum, please visit COURSEFINDER HERE.

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.