Many students are interested in developing world language skills as part of their training for careers in public or private international law. Depending on your goals, there are several possible avenues for improving language proficiency during your law school degree.
Coursework at the University of Pennsylvania
Penn Law allows JD students to receive credit for up to four (4) pre-approved language courses. Language courses must be graduate level. The Law School cannot grant credit for introductory language study, but will consider petitions for intermediate or advanced language courses.
Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
In the case of certain languages, JD students may be eligible to pursue funding to support language and area studies coursework through the FLAS Fellowship program.
Penn Law Language Programs
The Law School has also developed its own specialized language programming. Past program models have included intensive boot camps, semester-long non-credit courses, and less intensive opportunities such as our foreign film discussion groups.
Mango Languages is an online language learning resource available through the Biddle Law Library, which supports students learning at their own pace and schedule.
Many students have benefited from setting up informal language exchanges with students in our LLM program. This exceptional community of attorneys and legal professionals from around the world can provide a valuable cultural and legal context for students interested in future practice in cross-cultural settings.