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Law and Technology Program

Where law and technology intersect

At a time when debates over technology policy are as significant as they are complex, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) have launched an innovative program whose goal is to graduate lawyers and engineers able to address issues at the intersection of law and technology.

Establishment of the Law & Technology program, leading to a joint JD/MSE (Master of Science in Engineering), was announced in August 2013 by Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts and Penn Engineering Dean Eduardo Glandt.  We now also offer a second unique opportunity: the JD/MCIT (Master of Computing and Information Technology) - a joint degree which is ideal for those with no prior degree in engineering or computer science but who are interested in the practice of information technology.

Penn Law has built a leading program that incorporates law, sciences, engineering, and business

About the program

Students pursuing either the JD/MSE or the JD/MCIT joint degree will typically spend their first year at the Law School and second at Penn Engineering. In years three and four, students will take classes in both schools and participate in a capstone course on Technology and Policy co-taught by faculty from both schools.

The Law & Technology program expands opportunities for students while bringing together the intellectual and program resources at Penn, including:

Penn is uniquely positioned among top research universities to develop a cutting-edge program on technology and the law. Committed to “integrating knowledge,” the University stresses interdisciplinary education, and both the Law School and Penn Engineering previously have developed pioneering programs with other schools.

To talk through how this joint-degree program might complement your JD from Penn Law, please contact Amanda S. Aronoff, L’95, Associate Director of Cross-Disciplinary Programs at