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Master in Law Degree

Master in Law Degree

Welcome! The Master in Law (ML) Program offers you three ways to engage with the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School: The ML degree program, the Certificate in Law program, and by experiencing ad-hoc coursework. Learn more about the ML degree below.

Educational Opportunities in the Master in Law Program for Penn Affiliates

We appreciate the voices of those with diverse personal and professional experiences in the Law School classroom. Whether you are interested in complementing your career or studies in another discipline, we are certain you will find coursework and programs of study that interest you and meet your needs at the Law School.

The Law School invites Penn professional, graduate, & upper-class undergraduate¹ students and faculty/staff who wish to incorporate a legal perspective in the issues that intersect with their professional fields and academic interests to take a class² or pursue the advanced credentials of the Certificate in Law or the Master in Law Degree.

View the 2023-2024 Master in Law Viewbook

¹ Upper-class undergraduate students must consult with their programs or advisors before applying for the Certificate or the Degree.

² First-year required JD courses are reserved for the first-year JD cohort only.

Master in Law (ML) Degree

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January 23, 2024

Overview of the US Judicial System with Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo (Invitation Only)

Overview of the US Judicial System with Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

January 25, 2024

Master in Law Skills Session with Professor Simon (Invitation Only)

Each semester, the ML program provides the opportunity for every student enrolled in an ML course to attend what we fondly call a “crash course, law school skills session.” Presented by Professor Jessica Simon, the session will cover the basics of how to begin and get the most out of your law school classes, including tips for best strategies for reading and summarizing cases, outlining, and note-taking. Whether you are just starting your academic journey in the ML Program or are several classes in, many degree candidates find this session an invaluable resource. We hope you consider attending and look forward to your participation! A boxed lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend in person. This is a hybrid event. Please register here. 

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For a closer look at Penn Carey Law’s many other education programs, including Continuing Legal Education for practicing attorneys, see our section on Legal Education Programs.