“As global challenges – whether political, social, economic, or environmental – continue to define the 21st century, lawyers today must play a central role in addressing, confronting and resolving these urgent problems facing the world.” — Dean Michael A. Fitts
Penn Law’s curriculum is infused with global analysis at all levels of study. Our professors and visiting international scholars bring diverse training, research interests, and scholarly work to instill a broad global view of the role of law in society into all of their courses. Through the Law School’s many international programs, students are afforded opportunities to pursue joint degrees and certificates, overseas fellowships and internships, transnational clinical experiences, and intensive international coursework.
We offer an international and comparative law program with more than 20 courses each year and myriad opportunities for research and international experience. For example, the Global Research Seminar is an international research course where students and faculty investigate real-world contemporary legal challenges during an overseas research trip. We also attract slightly more than 100 students annually from more than 40 countries to come study at the graduate level through Penn Law’s LL.M. program.
The International Summer Human Rights Fellowship and Mead Fellowship programs support Penn Law students engaged in human rights and rule of law work in a diverse range of locations. Our study-abroad program enables students to apply what they learn in the classroom anywhere in the world. The Penn Law International Internship Program places students in local law firms in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, and career planning resources.