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Master in Law Degree

Launched in 2014, the Master in Law degree offers graduate students and accomplished professionals the opportunity to immerse themselves in learning the law and legal processes that impact their scholarship and shape their fields.

A Master in Law degree from Penn Law provides a strong signal that you possess expertise in the legal issues that intersect with your professional field and academic interests. Students enrolled in the program’s specialized curriculum will gain a solid understanding of how the U.S. legal system functions and specific knowledge of the law in their areas of interest.  In addition, ML students are valuable members of the Penn Law community and have access to many student activities and services. *

*Certain restrictions apply for activities that are intended solely for JD students.

  

 

  

Master in Law Degree Requirement

Eight courses are required to complete the Master in Law degree. The degree is structured for the completion of 4 ML foundational courses and 4 courses from the JD curriculum (excluding the 1L required curriculum). There is some flexibility between these two categories according to the below requirements. Coursework may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

The ML foundational courses provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamental aspects of law and legal principles across disciplines and are specifically designed for non-law students.

The Upper Level JD courses taken to complete the ML degree provide the Master in Law degree students the opportunity to sit along side and interact with Penn Law JD students, enriching the entire classroom with unique perspectives and experiences while also enabling a better understanding of how lawyers approach and analyze legal issues in various disciplines. 

Note: Members of the Penn community may take one or more ML courses either as stand alone courses of interest or before or without enrolling in the ML degree program. If accepted as a ML degree candidate, a maximum of two ML courses taken prior to matriculation into the ML degree program may be applied toward the ML degree if request is made and approval is given by the ML program.  All individuals taking classes at the Law School are responsible for reviewing the rules & procedures of exams.

Three required ML core courses:

  • LAWM 511 - U.S. Law and Legal Methods (recommended as the first class)
  • LAWM 528 - General Business Law 
  • LAWM 529 - Navigating the Regulatory State

One ML elective (choose from the following):

  • LAWM 505 - American Constitutional Law
  • LAWM 506 - Technology Law
  • LAWM 522 - Corporate Compliance
  • LAWM 530 - Health Law and Policy Fundamentals
  • LAWM 513 - Medical Negligence & Tort Law Fundamentals
  • LAWM 515 - Contracts and Negotiations
  • LAWM 536 - Fundamentals of US Legal Research (online)
  • LAWM 576 - Patent Law (online)

Four JD electives (or a combination of JD & ML electives with a minimum of 1 JD course):

  • JD Elective
  • JD or ML Elective
  • JD or ML Elective
  • JD or ML Elective

 Click here for more details on ML course offerings.

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

 

 

 

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Sample Curricular Plans

Find below sample curricular plans. The flexibility of the ML program allows students to design a curricular plan that best fits their needs.

 

Healthcare Focus

  • LAWM 511 - U.S. Law and Legal Methods (required)
  • LAWM 528 - General Business Law (required)
  • LAWM 529 - Navigating the Regulatory State (required)
  • LAWM 530 - Health Law and Policy Fundamentals (ML elective)
  • LAW 588 - Health Care Fraud: Investigation and Prosecution (elective)
  • LAW 916 - Comparative Health Systems and Law (elective)
  • LAW 939 - Health Care Financing (elective)
  • LAW 943 - Drug Product Liability Litigation (elective)

Intellectual Property/Technology Focus

  • LAWM 511 - U.S. Law and Legal Methods (required)

  • LAWM 528 - General Business Law (required)

  • LAWM 529 - Navigating the Regulatory State (required)

  • LAWM 506 - Technology Law (ML elective)

  • LAW 966 - Intellectual Property and National Economic Value (elective)

  • LAW 952 - Intellectual Property Theory Colloquium (elective)

  • LAW 677 - Patent Law (elective)

  • LAW 507 - Intro to IP Law & Policy (elective)

 Finance/Corporate Focus
  • LAWM 511 - U.S. Law and Legal Methods (required)
  • LAWM 528 - General Business Law (required)
  • LAWM 529 - Navigating the Regulatory State (required)
  • LAWM 522 - Corporate Compliance (ML Elective)

  • LAW 769 - Corporate Finance: Legal Aspects (elective)
  • LAW 908 - Distressed Dealmaking (elective)
  • LAW 646 - Bankruptcy (elective)
  • LAW 750 - M&A Through the Business Cycle (elective)

Education Focus

  • LAWM 511 - U.S. Law and Legal Methods (required)
  • LAWM 528 - General Business Law (required)
  • LAWM 529 - Navigating the Regulatory State (required)
  • LAWM 505 - American Constitutional Law (ML elective)
  • LAW 705 - Mental Health Law
  • LAW 780 - Immigration Law
  • LAW 949 - Law of the Professor: Continuing Problems in Higher Education
  • LAW 969 - Discrimination in Education

Journalism Focus 

  • LAWM 511 - U.S. Law and Legal Methods (required)
  • LAWM 528 - General Business Law (required)
  • LAWM 529 - Navigating the Regulatory State (required)
  • LAWM 505 - American Constitutional Law (ML elective)
  • LAW 979 - Visual Legal Advocacy (elective)
  • LAW 676 - Election Law (elective)
  • LAW 991 - Public Corruption and the Law (elective)
  • LAW 968 - Law and Candidacy (elective)

 General

  • LAWM 511 - U.S. Law and Legal Methods (required)
  • LAWM 528 - General Business Law (required)
  • LAWM 529 - Navigating the Regulatory State (required)
  • LAWM 530 - Health Law and Policy Fundamentals (ML Elective)
  • LAWM 505 - American Constitutional Law (elective)
  • LAWM 522 - Corporate Compliance (elective)
  • LAWM 536 - Fundamentals of US Legal Research (elective)
  • LAW 509 - Labor Law (elective)

 

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Dual Degree Programs

Penn graduate students are welcome to enhance their primary graduate degree with legal education.  To date, students have combined the following degrees:

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 degree program at the University of Pennsylvania.  These courses must be  relevant to their Master in Law studies and subject to the policies and approvals of their other academic program.

Interested in meeting dual degree candidates? Visit the Student & Alumni page .

Interested in combining a degree not shown above? Contact us at Master@law.upenn.edu

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How to Apply

Click here to see application requirements for Master in Law degree.

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Policy Regarding Classes Taken Prior to Acceptance into the ML Degree Program

Two CUs maximum prior to acceptance can be applied toward the 8 CUs required for graduation.  ML degree candidates must satisfy both ML substantive requirements and ML total CU requirements. 

A student having completed LAWM 511, LAWM 528, and LAWM 529 for a grade prior to application,  will be permitted 2 CUs to count toward the 8 CU requirement.

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 degree program at the University of Pennsylvania.  These courses must be  relevant to their Master in Law studies and subject to the policies and approvals of their other academic program.