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Master in Law

Where students and professionals from a broad range of fields gain an in-depth understanding of the law and legal principles across disciplines.

“Law shouldn’t be limited to those who make their career as lawyers.”
-Theodore Ruger
Former Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law

About the Master in Law Program

The Master in Law (ML) Program educates emerging and accomplished professionals from a wide range of fields and areas of expertise in the law and legal foundations of their disciplines. As a world leader in legal education, Penn Carey Law’s ML program provides a unique and unrivaled educational opportunity that creates a deeper understanding of one’s work and scholarship, enabling those in the Program to forge interesting and impactful pathways across many disciplines. Those seeking to advance their careers with valuable legal knowledge and skills can apply to pursue a Master in Law degree, a Certificate in Law, or engage in ad hoc coursework.

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of ML degree students possess >1 advanced degrees at time of application


of ML degree students have 6 - 30 years of professional experience


Students from 19 graduate programs across Penn integrate the ML degree program or certificate into their educational plan

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Application Info

Those who wish to enrich their studies or careers in other disciplines with legal education at the Law School are welcome to submit applications for the Master in Law Degree or Certificate in Law.

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Master in Law FAQs

Have a question about ML admissions, the application process, or something else? Check out a compilation of answers to some commonly asked questions.

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Tuition and 


View information about the ML tuition and learn about options for financing your Master in Law (ML) degree. 

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Catharine Restrepo, Esq. L’93

Assistant Dean, Master in Law Program

Natalie Dury Green

Director of Operations, Master in Law Program

Kait Johnstone

Assistant Director, Master in Law Program


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Effecting Change in Pennsylvania

In the ML program, Nick Miller MPA’22, LPS’22, ML’24, the youngest person elected to the Pennsylvania state Senate in 135 years, has discovered the profound impact that language has on the application and interpretation of the law.

CRISPR Technology and Patent Ownership

The expert panel convened at the 2023 Master in Law Annual Lecture explored patent disputes over CRISPR technology.

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Regulatory Review: Agile Regulation and the Future of Governance – Ayo Aladesanmi, MPA/ML ’23

Penn Program on Regulation hosts panel discussion on governing a fast-changing world.

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Regulatory Review: Regulators Propose Updates to Community Reinvestment Act Rules, Ayo Aladesanmi MPA/ML’23

Financial regulators propose new rules to expand and modernize law that targets inequities in bank lending.