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Application Information

Master in Law Degree 

The Master in Law (ML) degree is for graduate students and accomplished professionals who are neither law students nor lawyers and who wish to enrich their studies or careers in other disciplines with a legal education at Penn Law.

This degree is not a graduate law degree (LLM, LLCM, SJD) for attorneys or law students. If you are an attorney or law student seeking information about one of our Graduate Law Programs such as the LLM, LLCM or SJD, please visit Penn Law Graduate Law Programs.

Admissions criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of merit including academic record, recommendations,  professional standing and experience.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree or beyond in order to be accepted into the Master in Law program.

Admissions cycle

Applications are accepted at any time and are considered on a rolling basis.

For Fall admission, we recommend submission of your completed application by June 1st.

For Spring admission, we recommend submission of your completed application by October 1st. 

For Summer admission, we recommend submission of your completed application by April 1st.

Application Instructions

Please follow the application instructions for which best describes you:

For all applicants except Penn Dental Students

After reading below, apply here to the ML program online.

You will first create an account through the online application link above, if you do not have one already. The application then will instruct and prompt you through each section. You may save your incomplete application and return to it later but once submitted, you will not be able to change your completed application. 

To complete this application you will need the following items:

  1. Transcripts from all institutions attended (unofficial copies are fine until acceptance when official copies must be submitted).
  2. Personal statement (one page) describing your interest in the ML program and what you would like to accomplish by earning this degree.
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Names and email addresses of at least two references who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation that speaks to your writing skills and ability to perform well in Penn Law’s rigorous academic environment.  We encourage applicants to submit at least one academic reference.
  5. Standardized Test Results:

    ML applicants should submit a graduate standardized test score from within the past five years. Use code 2926, the common Penn graduate code, for sending scores to the program.  In some circumstances a waiver of this requirement may be granted.  Contact the program at master@law.upenn.edu for details.

  6. Application Fee (Non-Refundable): Credit card to pay the application fee.

 

International Applicants: CertiFile or WES Transcript Evaluation

International applicants with international transcripts should upload their university-issued transcripts into the online application and order official, third-party evaluations sent to the Master in Law Program, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Please note:

  1. International transcripts cannot be considered official until they have been evaluated by the below credentialed evaluation services.
  2. An application will not be reviewed until the evaluations have been completed and accompany the application materials.
  3. An international transcript that indicates studies were conducted in English or if the transcript is printed in English still needs to be processed and evaluated by one of the below credentialed evaluation services.
  4. Credential evaluations will be reviewed and the determination of degree equivalency to US degrees is at the discretion of the Master in Law Program, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
  5. Please note that both services charge a fee for the evaluation.

The following credentialed evaluation services are acceptable:

  • CertiFile/CollegeNET Document Service:Applicants from international institutions are strongly encouraged to use the CertiFile/CollegeNET Document Service within the Master in Law Program application to request and submit authenticated transcript(s) and other academic documents. This service provides certified documents and course evaluations which are then included as part of your application materials.
  • World Education Services Inc. (WES): The WES evaluation should include the comparability level of your education and list a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials along with the equivalent US marks and credit. Select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with grade point average and course levels) and request that WES send your evaluation to Master in Law Program, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. The school can be found by searching the University of Pennsylvania and then selecting University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. The evaluation becomes an official academic record and sole property of the University upon its receipt. For additional information about the WES application and their review process, please visit the WES website.

 

For application questions or assistance completing your ML application, contact us at master@law.upenn.edu.

 

For Penn Dental students

After reading below, apply here to the dual DMD/ML degree program.

Please note: Interested DMD students submit one application via college net which serves as both the DMD scholarship and ML degree application. For further inquiries first contact  Margaret Yang at xiaojiao@upenn.edu.

You will create an account through the online application link above, if you do not have one already. The application then will instruct and prompt you through each section. You may save your incomplete application and return to it later but once submitted, you will not be able to change your completed application.

To complete this application you will need the following items:

  1. Transcripts from all institutions attended (unofficial copies are fine until acceptance when official copies must be submitted).
  2. Personal statement (one page) describing your interest in the ML program and what you would like to accomplish by earning this degree
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Names and email addresses of at least two references who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation that speaks to your writing skills and ability to perform well in Penn Law’s rigorous academic environment.
  5. Standardized Test Results: We will accept your DAT score report used for your dental school application.

For application questions or assistance completing your ML application, contact us at master@law.upenn.edu.

 

Certificate in Law

The Certificate in Law is only available to members of the Penn community. Students must check with their home schools and/or programs to determine their eligibility to pursue the Certificate in Law. 

Admissions criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of merit including professional standing and experience, strength of personal statement and academic record.

Admissions cycle

Applications are accepted at any time and are considered on a rolling basis.

For Fall admission, we recommend submission of your completed application by June 15.

For Spring admission, we recommend submission of your completed application by October 15. 

 

After reading below, apply here to the CL program online.

 

You will first create an account through the online application link above, if you do not have one already. The application then will instruct and prompt you through each section. You may save your incomplete application and return to it later but once submitted, you will not be able to change your completed application. 

To complete this application you will need the following items:

  1. Personal statement (one page) describing your interest in studying at Penn Law, including relevant courses and/or topics. 
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Transcripts from all institutions attended (Optional) are strongly recommended but not required at this time.  Unofficial or official transcripts are acceptable.
  4. Advisor Approval Form required for all undergraduates, and for graduate students enrolled in programs which require such approval. Click here for form.
  5. Application Fee (Non-Refundable): Credit card to pay the application fee.

For application questions or assistance completing your CL application, contact us at master@law.upenn.edu.

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