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Through this semester-long study abroad program, Penn Law students can spend the fall of their third year enrolled in the first half of LSE’s Master of Laws (LLM) program. The LSE LLM offers the highest quality of teaching in small group seminar settings provided by leading international and UK academics.

Program Description

At LSE Law, students will have the opportunity to build global peer networks while studying in the heart of London, at one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the UK. This program offers students a course of study in law from different perspectives, while providing an unique opportunity for our students to engage with peers from all over the world and a faculty with a well-deserved global reputation for excellence.


LSE Law’s approach to the teaching of law combines views and experiences from different disciplinary traditions and jurisdictions, ensuring that what students learn is relevant to legal study and practice in any jurisdiction. The LSE courses in which Penn Law students participate can be in a broad range of fields including arbitration, human rights, international law, corporate, commercial, and financial law. 


Prior to their departure, students must ensure they are on track to complete the necessary upper-level semester hours to meet their JD degree requirements.  Penn Law students will receive up to 12 credits for their semester in London (5 LSE classes plus an independent study with a Penn Law faculty member). 

Following is a sample of half unit (Michaelmas) courses that have run in the past between September and December:

  • Climate Change and International Law
  • European Capital Markets Law
  • European Company Law
  • European Human Rights Law
  • International Law and the Movement of Persons Between States
  • International Law and the Use of Force
  • Takeover Regulation in the UK and US
  • Theory of Human Rights Law
  • UK Corporate Law
Grading and Evaluation

Academic performance is assessed by various methods including oral presentations and essays.  All classes at LSE will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis.

Academic Calendar

Although the program dates vary from year to year, the LSE Law Michaelmas term generally begins in late September and runs until mid-December. 

Cost of Living

Estimates for living expenses in London are provided on the LSE website

Housing Information

Penn Law students will likely opt to reside off-campus. Private housing costs can vary considerably depending on location and accommodation type, but start at approximately £500 per month.  Details for LSE’s Private Housing Service can be found online.

Visa Information

Students are eligible to study for periods under six months via a short-term study visa. If you do not normally need a visa to visit the UK, you do not need to apply in advance. However, on arrival in the UK, you will need to provide supporting documents to a border officer (do not use the ePassport gates).

Health and Safety

Please review the Health and Safety information available on the Penn Global Support Services website.  Details on Travel Warnings, if relevant, are posted under International Travel Guidance.

Disability Access and Special Needs

For guidance on disability access that may be available in London, please contact the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange

Contact Info for Foreign Institution

Michele Sahrle
Service Delivery Manager, Taught Postgraduate Programmes
London School of Economics and Political Science
New Academic Building 6.02Atel. 
Tel: +44 (0)20-7955-7271


Remember to read the Study Abroad Guidelines for answers to the most frequently asked questions about studying abroad.