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Joint Degree Programs

17% of the Class of 2014 (46 students) graduated with joint degrees - across 11 different disciplines.

As one of the world’s great research institutions, the University of Pennsylvania is home to an array of superb graduate and professional schools – all within walking distance of the Law School. The Penn approach to education is the integration of knowledge across disciplines and so it is no surprise that many Penn Law students earn joint or dual degrees, or simply take up to four classes as part of their JD.

Students interested in earning a concurrent degree should apply separately to that program or school and, in most cases, can apply to that second program either contemporaneously with their application to Penn Law or while in their 1L or 2L year. Because Penn Law and the sister school grant credit for a certain number of the other school’s courses, students typically save one year by pursuing both programs concurrently. Students who earn a joint degree or certificate will incur an administrative fee.

For more on Joint Degrees and other cross-disciplinary opportunities, please contact: Amanda S. Aronoff, L’95, Associate Director of Cross-Disciplinary Programs at aramanda@law.upenn.edu.

Featured

JD/MSE (Engineering) and JD/MCIT (Computing & Information Technology) School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS)

Three-Year Programs

JD/MBA The Wharton School
JD/MA or MS, Criminology Department of Criminology
JD/MSEd
Education Policy
Graduate School of Education
JD/MSEd
Higher Education
Graduate School of Education
JD/MES Institute for Environmental Studies
JD/MA
International Studies
The Lauder Institute
Wharton and the School of Arts & Sciences
JD/MBE
Bioethics
Department of Medical Ethics
School of Medicine
JD/MSSP
Social Policy
School of Social Policy & Practice
JD/MA
Economic Law with Specialization in Global Governance
Penn Law,  the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po)
JD/MSW
(for students with a BSW)
School of Social Policy & Practice
JD/LLM Hong Kong Hong Kong University

Other Masters Programs and PhD Programs

JD/MCIT
Computing & Information Technology


 School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS)

JD/MSE
Engineering


 School of Engineering & Applied Science (SEAS)
JD/MCP
City & Regional Planning
Penn Design
JD/MPH
Graduate Program in Public Health Studies
School of Medicine
JD/MPA Fels Institute of Government
JD/AM
Islamic Studies
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
School of Arts & Sciences
JD/MSW School of Social Policy & Practice
JD/MBA The Wharton School
JD/PhD
American Legal History
Department of History
JD/PhD
Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
JD/PhD
Psychology

Department of Psychology

JD/DMD

Penn Dental Medicine

JD/BA, JD/BS College of Arts and Sciences, the Engineering School, the Nursing School, and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

As in the Certificate arena, students have from time to time created their own ad-hoc programs with departments with which there is no current formal joint degree. We are happy to work with students interested in any of the University’s other graduate and professional programs.

In recent years, graduates have received the following degrees:

Recent Ad Hoc Joint Degrees

JD/MS Historic Preservation, Penn Design
JD/MA
Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
JD/EdD Graduate School of Education
JD/MD School of Medicine
JD/PhD
Communication
Annenberg School for Communication

Penn Law students also have opportunities to complement their degrees with study in the international arena.

International Program Joint Degrees

JD/MA
International Studies
The Lauder Institute
Wharton and the School of Arts & Sciences
JD/MA
Economic Law with Specialization in Global Governance
Sciences Po (Paris)
JD/LLM Hong Kong Hong Kong University
LLM/MFS International Finance Sciences Po (Paris)

Joint Degree Confirmation Form

Once officially admitted into a joint degree program, law students pursuing a joint degree need to submit the Joint Degree Confirmation Form to the Law School Registrar’s Office.  Once this form is submitted, joint degree students do NOT need to fill out the otherwise required Application for Law School Credit for Non-Law Course when registering for non-law courses towards the joint degree (see here for more information on registration for non-law courses).   Please contact Amanda S. Aronoff, Associate Director of Cross-Disciplinary Programs with any questions.

 

All Penn Law students are encouraged to consider graduate level courses at other Penn departments that complement their legal education, and Penn Law will grant credit for up to four such courses. Students who take courses for which the Law School does not give credit toward the Law degree (e.g., a fifth course, or a course for which we cannot give JD credit) will pay for those courses at the prevailing rate.