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Who should apply

The Master in Law (ML) degree is for current members of the University of Pennsylvania community (graduate students and staff at Penn and related entities) who are neither law students nor lawyers and who wish to complement 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.

Admission criteria

At this time, this degree is available exclusively to members of the Penn community. Accordingly, all Penn students and staff are eligible to apply.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of merit including academic record, recommendations, and professional 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 15.

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

Application Instructions

Please follow the application instructions for which best describes you:

For Penn graduate students and staff of UPenn, HUP, and related entities

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 can speak 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 masters@law.upenn.edu for details.

  6. Application Fee: Credit card to pay the application fee.

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

For 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 can speak to your 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.
  6. Application Fee: SDM Office of Academic Affairs/Susan Schwartz will supply the code which you should enter in the field on the Agreement page requesting you to enter any information instructed by an administrative contact.

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

Nondiscrimination

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).