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Cross-Disciplinary Education

“A cross-disciplinary legal education is so important because the profession is rapidly changing. Today and in the coming years great lawyers must have skills and insights in the various fields in which their clients operate, to solve real-world problems.” — Dean Michael A. Fitts

At Penn Law, you will receive a classic legal education adapted to a world in which lawyers must navigate across diverse fields to serve their clients’ needs and to address virtually every issue facing society. Nearly 100 students graduate each year with joint degrees or certificates that propel them along varied career paths.

Penn Law’s academic programs are fully integrated with other professional and graduate schools on campus, providing students an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for careers that engage virtually every major issue facing our society. Cross-disciplinary joint- and dual-degrees and certificates in more than 30 areas of study — including business, medicine, science and technology, human rights and education —equip future lawyers with knowledge in the ever-expanding number of fields in which their clients operate.

anderson_a_sharifa“Penn Law’s integrated approach made it easy to pursue a certificate in Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School, and provided an opportunity to engage in dialogue with students and faculty from diverse backgrounds in law, economics, business, government, and urban policy across Penn’s campus,” - Sharifa Anderson L’ 10, Legal Honors attorney at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Faculty

Our faculty are leaders in the law and related fields.  In addition to the JD, 70 percent of Penn Law faculty have advanced degrees, and approximately 50 percent of faculty have secondary appointments or affiliations with other Penn professional schools, departments, or centers.

Outside the Classroom

Our Centers and Institutes bring together faculty and practitioners to conduct research and host lectures and symposia, examining key challenges in the law and related fields. Topics range from business and economics, environment, health, regulation, to intellectual property and technology.

We have over 20 cross-disciplinary student groups that address legal topics as diverse as the arts, bioethics, entertainment, health, energy, regulation, refugees, sports, and urban issues.

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